Hiloprobe AB – improved colorectal cancer diagnostics

Hiloprobe AB has developed a superior method of diagnosing and prognosing patients with colorectal cancer after surgery. Their innovative clinical tool – the ColoNode is far more accurate than current standard procedures, opening up the possibility of personalized medicine within the colorectal cancer field.

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MD Biomedical – the startup behind the Onzurf Probe

The company has developed a unique and patented probe and method, Onzurf, which can be used to monitor the status of bodily organs from the surface of the organ in question. The probe provides critical life-saving information for patients, and saves resources for the health care sector.

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UmeCrine Slim – a novel substance to modulate appetite control

Obesity is a serious and increasing worldwide problem. Inhibition of the appetite-stimulating factors would be a possible treatment for obesity. This discovery provides a target for possible drug intervention for limiting food intake among the obese. Today the hypothesis still holds and three drug companies have been formed.

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New treatment of acne based on an antibacterial protein

Acne vulgaris affects more than 80 percent of people at some point in their life and frequently continues into adulthood. Recent data suggest that there are about 650 million people living with acne around the world. This case focuses on a novel approach to fighting acne without the hazards of antibiotic resistance development.

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Betula Pharma – improved quality of life during cancer

Our project goals aim at increased survival, improved quality of life and less suffering for cancer patients. Our novel chemical entities (NCE) can prevent over-activation of certain signaling pathways and are based on existing pharmaceuticals that are well tolerable and easy to produce. This will be a first in class drug with little side effects (known drug class), addressing cancer induced cachexia and suppression of the immune system.

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Inficure AB – in vivo validation of fibrotic drug candidates

InfiCure Bio offer advanced drug validation services for pharmaceutical companies developing drugs against fibrosis – or scar tissue formation in organs. The shortage of existing model systems that reflect human fibrotic disease conditions, make this a very attractive CRO-service for pharmaceutical developers.

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Lipum – biological drugs against rheumatoid arthritis

The aim of this project is to develop a new and unique biological pharmaceutical drug, targeting a central mechanism in chronic inflammation (a monoclonal antibody directed towards the protein bile salt-stimulated lipase, BSSL) as an orphan drug for the more severe forms of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), providing patients with an effective treatment alternative and with less adverse effects than the drugs used today.

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Medsens AB – exact real time prostate cancer diagnosis

By combining two different methods, Medsens AB is aiming at offering a whole new tool for realtime microdiagnostics during prostate cancer surgery. The company’s instrument is far more accurate that the methods used by clinicians today – which could make surginal procedures much more efficient. The project is based on the work of Olof Lindahl och Kerstin Ramser.

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Tanomed AB – developed a unique nasal spray

Tanomed has developed a unique nasal spray to relieve and prevent the progression of the common cold by reinforcing the body’s own defenses. The patented technology is based on Swedish research carried out in cooperation with Umeå University and with business development support from the Umeå Biotech Incubator. The company was sold to Karo Bio AB in spring 2015.

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Nordic Biomarker AB – a manufacturer of latex reagents for coagulation and clinical chemistry analyzers

Nordic Biomarker was founded in 2007 by the biochemist Dr Göran Aronsson and the clinical biochemist Dr Gunnar Pohl. Their business idea didn’t directly come from their research at the time at Umeå University, rather from a clear customer need that they identified after their research period. Today, Nordic Biomarker has grown to 20 employees, has a turnover of SEK 40 million with good profitability, and has customers all over the world.

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New insecticides for control of disease-causing mosquitos

We have identified a new type of selective yet non-toxic and environmentally-friendly insecticide aimed at mosquitos. Unlike other similar products, this compound does not harm other pollinators and is harmless to humans. By applying our findings we hope to prevent millions of infections yearly.

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Mucocort – treating recurrent aphous ulcers

We are developing an oral patch, which will be a patented galenic formulation, providing rapid pain relief for the patient. The product can theoretically reach a target patient population of 10-20,000 patients annually in Sweden, and considerably higher in international markets.

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