Awarded millions in fight against antibiotic resistance

Researchers from the Umea pharmaceutical research company Quretech Bio have been granted SEK 5 million by the Erling-Persson Family Foundation to make resistant bacteria sensitive to antibiotics again.
“We are delighted and extremely grateful. This money is vital in allowing us to continue conducting critical experiments” says Jörgen Johansson, Professor of Molecular Microbiology at Umeå University and Co-founder of Quretech Bio.

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Expert advisor enters Lipum

Now Umeå company Lipum brings more expertise to the company. Professor Anders Fasth steps in as an advisor in the development of medicines for inflammatory diseases.
“It is very gratifying that he joins the team,” says Einar Pontén, CEO of Lipum.

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Lipigon signs multi-million gene therapy deal

Life science company Lipigon Pharmaceuticals has signed an agreement for its gene therapy project with listed company CombiGene.
“If everything goes well this agreement could potentially be worth millions. But it also enables us to develop our business in the short term, not least because we can now employ highly competent staff in Umeå,” says Stefan K Nilsson, CEO of Lipigon.

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Spinchem shares 40 million SEK in research project

The Umeå company Spinchem shares about 40 million SEK in an international research project funded by the European Union.
”This is good timing for SpinChem since our strategy is to create new environmentally friendly, bio-based processes for industry,” says Emil Byström, CEO of Spinchem.

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MetaCurUm Biotech wins innovation competition

MetaCurUm Biotech has won an innovation competition announced by Groth & Co. The price is an IPR consultation worth SEK 75,000.
”We are very happy and grateful for the prize. It is fantastic that the jury sees the potential in our idea and that they want to help us in our development,” says Lotta Berg, CEO of MetaCurUm Biotech.

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​Three wins for life science at big business gala

When Umeå’s big business gala was held on November 7, three of twelve awards went to life science.
“Previously, life science had a relatively hidden role in Umeå – but during this year’s Umeågala we have proven that we are an industry that has great potential”, says Jennie Ekbeck, CEO of Umeå Biotech Incubator.

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Umeå Biotech Incubator best in Sweden – advances to the Nordic final

​Umeå Biotech Incubator has been named the best in Sweden in the category Best Accelerator Program or Incubator Program – and thus goes on to the Nordic final in the prestigious Nordic Startup Awards.
“Now we keep our fingers crossed that as many people as possible votes for us. We aim to win the finals – and to move on to the global finals in China”, says Jennie Ekbeck, CEO at UBI.

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Releasing online-education – to reduce the risk of serious sepsis

The start-up company Dianox, based in Umeå, is releasing a web-based education in clinical anaerobic bacteriology to teach biomedical scientists and other health and lab staff more about anaerobic bacteria. These bacteria can cause severe infections, that in the worst case can lead to fatal sepsis.

“The knowledge is inadequate in many hospitals and the universities address the problem of anaerobic bacteria to a limited extent. With more knowledge, hundreds of cases of serious blood poisoning can be avoided each year”, says Maria Hedberg, CEO at Dianox.

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Brain Stimulation appoints new CEO

Umeå-based biotech company Brain Stimulation has appointed Fredrik Jonsson as its new CEO.
“Brain Stimulation has developed a fascinating and important product and now we want to concentrate on sales,” says Fredrik Jonsson.

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More jobs to Umandiagnostics – after USA buyout

Following the $22.5 million acquisition this summer of Umeå-based UmanDiagnostics by major US biotech company Quanterix more people are now being hired at its offices in Umeå.
“Demand for our products is extremely high in the global marketplace and we’re probably looking at hiring even more people in the future”, says Niklas Norgren, CEO of UmanDiagnostics.

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Expert on blood doping can be praised as New Settler of the Year

Nelson Khoo from Canada, co-founder of the Umeå company Pro Test Diagnostics, has been nominated for New Settler of the Year. On Wednesday, November 18, it will be decided if he wins in Region North, which means that he will advance to the national final in Stockholm.
”It feels absolutely fantastic. If I win, I get to meet the King of Sweden – it’s a life time opportunity”, says Nelson Khoo.

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Inficure Bio sets new record with major US deal

Umeå-based Inficure Bio signed the biggest deal in the company’s history back in April. Now they have signed a new deal – which is twice as large.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for us. Deals like this demonstrate that our international credibility is increasing”, says Sofia Mayans, CEO of Inficure Bio.

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Umeå Biotech Incubator named best in Scandinavia

Umeå Biotech Incubator, UBI, has been named Scandinavia’s best biotech incubator at the International Life Science Awards 2019.
– Our goal is to be best in Europe, so this is definitely a step in the right direction, says Jennie Ekbeck, CEO of Umeå Biotech Incubator.

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