InGA LF Accelerate
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In order to evaluate the application potential of research and development results at FM MU and reach a significant shift in the process of their application in practice, the LF Accelerate project scheme was created within the Internal Grant Agency of the FM MU in the summer of 2021.
The aim of the scheme is:
- increasing the number and quality of the research and development results created at FM MU in order to apply them in practice,
- increasing interactions between the FM MU and applied sphere, including increasing the awareness about research activities and results at FM MU,
- support of applied research, experimental development, Proof of Concept and founding start-up/spin-off societies at FM MU.
Necessities to implement the supported projects:
- at least one result recognized according to the definition of types of results (RIV) achieved, or results of type O, kept as “other results”, dedicated mostly to the FM MU,
- demonstrably established communication or cooperation with at least one commercial partner,
- at least one application for follow-up funding submitted (external or internal schemes)
- prepared marketing presentation of results, safe from the point of view of confidential information and published through suitable promotional channels.
The expert panel for assessing the application potential of individual support applications:
- Mgr. Markéta Vlasáková, Ph.D., manager of intellectual property, Technology Transfer Office MU
- MUDr. Jana Vinklerová, Ph.D., MBA, CZECRIN, head of CTC, access & development manager
- Dr. Barbora Šumová, Senior Investment Associate at i&i Biotech Fund & Member of the Board of Directors
- Dr. Scott Kraft, Faculty Lead - Innovation Hub at W21C, University of Calgary; Director of the SPARK Calgary program
- prof. Craig Garner, Charité Berlin; previously Stanford University; Founder and Director of SPARK-BIH; Co-founder and Advisor, Navan Technologies, Inc. and Balance Therapeutics, Inc.
The grant scheme is based on the principles of the successful SPARK Stanford Program.
Projects supported within the call of 2022
Principal researcher: Mgr. Katarína Rebrošová, Department of Microbiology FM MU and SAUH
The project aims to prepare a compact device to detect and characterize microbes directly from human body fluids. Early identification of agents and their antimicrobial resistance profile can significantly improve the treatment of infection, reduce healthcare costs, alleviate the growing antimicrobial resistance and save lives.
Bioanalytical quality control of cGMP/ATMP-grade stem cells and progenitors
Main researcher: doc. RNDR Petr Vaňhara, Ph.D., Department of Histology and Embryology FM MU
Stem cells and progenitors are an essential resource for the development of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Product (ATMP) drugs for advanced therapy and tissue engineering. The aim of the project is to translate new experimental quality control (QC) procedures into standard operational protocols.
A high-throughput screening system for the identification of novel inhibitors against melanoma
Main researcher: Mgr. Stjepan Uldrijan, CSc., Department of Biology FM MU
High-throughput drug screening platforms are used to identify compounds with the desired biological activity that could lead to new therapies. The aim of the project is to develop a new cellular system for more efficient high-throughput screening of chemical libraries of compounds.