The company Vega Alcor Bio Group — winner of the Contest for the best innovative projects in the field of science and higher professional education in St. Petersburg

In August of 2011. project of "Vega" Group Alcor Bio — "Development of diagnostic test kits, microarray format for parallel measurement of the levels of allergen-specific immunoglobulin E in human serum" — won the contest for the best innovative projects in the field of science and higher education St. Petersburg in 2011. Committee on Science and Higher Education of the Government of St. Petersburg awarded the victory project of "Vega" in the nomination "The best scientific and innovative idea."
The award ceremony took place on September 29 at the Arena of the First Cadet Corps in the framework of a reception hosted by the Governor of St. Petersburg, marking the opening of IV St. Petersburg International Innovation Forum. Diplomas awarded to winners Chairman of the Committee for Economic Development, Industrial Policy and Trade of St. Petersburg Eugene Elin and Acting Chairman of the Committee on Science and Higher Education of the Government of St. Petersburg Irina Hanus.

Author and director of the project "Development of a diagnostic test kits, microarray format for parallel measurement of the levels of allergen-specific immunoglobulin E in human serum," the head of the Laboratory of Molecular Diagnostics, LLC "Vega" Group Alcor Bio Alexander Pavlov commented on winning the contest:
— I note that the appearance of our project due to the time, its implementation is vital to the growing army of people with allergies. The growing number of people suffering from various allergic diseases, today is so great that the phenomenon is more commonly called "allergy epidemic". The result of our work will be the creation of a radically new diagnostic test system to identify the causes of allergic sensitivity and correct diagnosis based on analysis of the patient's blood. We developed a test system will significantly improve the accuracy of diagnosis, and therefore the effectiveness of the treatment, which ultimately lead to better quality of life. In this project, we have proposed a really innovative approach which will bring in vitro (outside a living organism) ALLERGODIAGNOSTICS to a new level.

Speaking about the essence of the project of "Vega" — the winner of the Contest is worth mentioning that the developers have applied several new approaches in the diagnosis of allergic conditions, among them — the microchip platform (microarray). Microchipping technology allows you to place within the same field for the analysis of several hundred individual markers making it possible to analyze the sample by several panels of allergens simultaneously using allergenic components (purified and recombinant allergenic proteins) instead of extracts. Miniaturization of the diagnostic platform allows to use less expensive allergenic components and be used for analysis of microliter volumes of serum is particularly important for neonatal screening.

Acting Chairman of the Committee on Science and Higher Education of the Government of St. Petersburg Irina Hanus:
— This contest we held for the fifth consecutive year. It should be noted that the year-on-year, the number of applications submitted for the competition increases, for example, this year we reviewed 101 applications. To win the competition you need to project a consistent three main criteria: originality, significance for the city and the possibility of applying it in practice. Of course, this is the best innovative designs, these are the best ideas developed by teams of scientists and innovators.

Among the winners of these projects are well-known research institutions in the city, as the Federal Heart, Blood and Endocrinology named V.A.Almazova, Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute named after AF Ioffe RAS, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. Pasteur, Saint-Petersburg State Medical University im.akad.I.P.Pavlova etc.

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