VINNOVA and Veckans Affärer have awarded Jennie Ekbeck, CEO at Umeå Biotech Incubator, with the prestigious titel Innovations angel of 2015. An angel who believes in asking questions and in peoples abilities, and who relentlessly works on improving the business climate for life science innovations and companies.
Pro Test Diagnostics AB has received a 3,1 MSEK funding from Vinnova. The company is using liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) based proteomics and offers the next generation of doping tests – rapid and accurate detection of blood doping through a molecular fingerprint.
Diduco AB received 1,2 MSEK from Vinnova. The company develops new porous polymeric particles for high-efficiency chromatographic separation and analysis. The company, that was formed in 2014, will invest 1,3 MSEK themselves in the Project, which will start in January 2016.
On November 23, Biotech Umeå and Umeå Biotech Incubator together with the marketing company PunktPR organized a one-day Workshop about PR and media relations from a life sciences company perspective. Lectures about the media landscape today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow were discussed and combined with practical excercises and interviews led by Sverker Olofsson, the well-known ”TV anchor”. The excercises were based on life sciences scenarios and real life Cases e.g. How to formulate the message? How to act during an interview? The workshop was much appreciated by the participants who were truly engaged and entusiastic.
Umeå based Omnio enters into a collaboration with Canadian ProMetic Life Science, to develop a "Biologics product", a drug, that speeds up the healing of otherwise very hard-to-treat wounds including diabetic foot ulcers. The collaboration includes research funding and funding for development and clinical studies of a drug based on the blood plasma protein plasminogen.
Biotech Umeå strengthens its team with the appointment of Göran Lidgren. Göran has a solid background within life sciences. He has a MSc and a PhD in Pharmacy from Uppsala University and many years experience in drug discovery research and also in developing post-graduate educations and scientific meetings in Sweden and abroad.In addition, Göran has a very large network of contacts, whereof many researchers, business leaders and key individuals in the life sciences area.
The day started with a string of pearls of interesting spin-offs, for the most part former Umeå Biotech Incubator and Uminova Innovation collaborators. So, what better way to crown the Umeågala than with especially inspiring and award-winning companies. MD Biomedical and Nordic Biomarker were honored as spin-off and export company of the year.
To save and improve patients’ lives, thousands of complicated surgeries are performed every year, but so far it has been difficult to monitor the status, how the organ is doing and working, after surgery. The Umeå based company MD Biomedical have developed a surveillance probe capable of measuring that. To facilitate the use of the probe within in the clinics, MD Biomedical have received 50 000 € to continue their work.
Can part of you company’s future be found in Japan? In conjunction with the Bio Japan Expo in October, Asias premier Partnering Event, EEN in collaboration with the EU- Japan centre, are organizing a five day trip to Japan with seminars, corporate visits, matchmaking and of course the Bio Japan Expo. It is also possible to apply for a stipend that cover some living expenses.
Umeå spin-off and medtech company MD Biomedical, with its innovative patient surveillance technique, is acquired as a subsidiary to Swedish Senzime.
Karo Bio acquires 100 percent of the drug research company Tanomed AB, for 20 MSEK. Through the acquisition, Karo Bio gains access to Tanomed’s unique nasal spray to relieve and prevent the progression of common cold; by reinforcing the body’s own defenses.
MyOroface, a Biotech Umeå and Uminova Innovation supported company, won 100 000 SEK and ALMI Invests pitch competition at Åre kapitalmarknadsdagar.
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