The project of "Vega", which belongs to Alcor Bio — "Development of a diagnostic form of food allergens for skin application tests" — won the competition for the award of the Government of St. Petersburg for the best innovative project implemented in the cluster. Nominated — "Best innovative project implemented in the framework of the cluster in the field of medicine, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals."
This year, the winners will share the prize money of 10 million: half of this amount will be paid from the budget of St. Petersburg, half — of the federal budget.
The award ceremony took place on December 14 at the IX Forum of small businesses in St. Petersburg. Diplomas to the best innovators presented by the Chairman of the Committee for Economic Development, Industrial Policy and Trade of St. Petersburg Eugene Elin.
Eugene Elin pointed out that the winners of the competition, which has become a tradition for St. Petersburg, becoming only the most interesting and the most important for the development of projects.
Head of the project "Development of a diagnostic form of food allergens for skin application tests" Lyudmila Kocsis, speaking about the essence of the innovation development of "Vega" Civil Alcor Bio, said:
— This design is unique to Russia: in our country is nothing like for the diagnosis of allergic diseases is not used. There are few foreign counterparts, but they are in the territory of Russia are not registered and, therefore, can not be used in medical practice.
This method of diagnosis is aimed at identifying the late delayed-type allergic reactions. Major same types of diagnostics that are now used by doctors seek to identify allergic reactions of immediate hypersensitivity. And for that, there are many test systems, both domestic and imported. But the statistics are as follows: if a food allergy, atopic dermatitis, approximately 50% of allergy sufferers is impossible to make an accurate diagnosis using the methods that are currently used in practice. And our application tests designed just for such patients. In fact, it is — the patch with cells, each cell contains a specific allergen in finished form. This patch is attached, usually on the patient's back. And after 48 hours, when the patch is removed, the doctor (by the presence of cutaneous manifestations) can judge what is food allergy is a reaction of the patient. Application tests with food allergens — safe, easy to use and extremely necessary method of diagnosing allergies, especially for pediatricians. It's already in infancy should be determined by what foods to which allergens a child to react. And this is very important because food allergies, if not promptly had an accurate diagnosis can lead to more severe forms of allergic diseases.
It should be said that the projects of the Group companies Alcor Bio and first became the winners of the competition for the award of the Government of St. Petersburg for the best innovative project implemented in the cluster. So, in 2010, was awarded the prize project "Development of a set of" MV25-chip "using nanobiotechnology of DNA microarrays for the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis and violations of human reproductive function", in 2009 — the project "Development of pharmacological drug for the treatment of malignant tumors of the brain and symptomatic treatment of a wide variety of tumors. "