On the 17th of January the first company visit was taking place. Prof. Dr. Bernhard Nieswandt und Dr. David Stegner have met with Dr. Ulrich Pachmann to discuss details of future collaborations.
simfo GmbH is a research and development facility with advanced expertise in personalized medicine, based in Bayreuth, Germany. It focuses particularly on the development of innovative analysis methods in haematological and oncological diagnostics in order to optimize personalized therapy. With maintrac®, simfo GmbH offers an analysis platform for the early detection of circulating tumor cells. This allows more rapid intervention options and therefore better treatment.
In simfo, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies will find a professional partner for conducting scientific studies and for preclinical phases of drug development. Stratification of the patients by means of the maintrac® platform makes it possible to effectively distinguish responders from non-responders.
Kick-off meeting between scientists of the Rudolf Virchow Center and partners from regional companies emphasizes chances of the innovative ERDF-project for the study of thombo-inflammatory diseases.
Scientists from the Department of Experimental Biomedicine and Vascular Medicine, headed by Prof. Bernhard Nieswandt, and representatives of the six cooperating companies met on Friday, 12 May, to discuss the possibilities and prospects of the newly founded translation network "Thrombo-Inflame". Aim of the network is to provide a platform for scientific exchange bewteen university research and local biotech companies to pool the strengths in favor of developing new diagnostic and therapeutic methods for thromboinflammatory diseases.
Besides the introduction of cooperation partners on the one hand and research projects on the other hand, the meeting provided an excellent opportunity to elaborate the shared objectives and to start initial cooperation projects. Finally, the basis for a successful communication of the progress and achievements of the translation network was set by the presentation of the newly launched project website.
Involved in the project are the scientists Prof. Dr. Bernhard Nieswandt, Prof. Dr. Harald Schulze, Dr. David Stegner, Dr. Julia Preu, Dr. Markus Bender and Dr. Irina Pleines. The cooperation partners include the biotech companies EMFRET analytics, immunoGlobe, eXcorLab, SIMFO and VASOPHARM, as well as the diagnostic company LABOKLIN.
The project is funded with approximately 1.8 million euros by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and will help to improve the technology transfer between science and industry.