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

The Committee on Science and Higher Education of the Government of St. Petersburg awarded the victory project of "Vega" in the category "The best scientific and innovative idea".


Author and Project Manager "The development of diagnostic test kits, microarray format for parallel measurement of the levels of allergen-specific immunoglobulin E in human serum", Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Diagnostics, LLC "Vega" Alexander Pavlov commented on winning the competition, "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 is 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 to place within one 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.

"This contest we held for the fifth year in a row, — Said Acting Chairman of the Committee on Science and Higher Education of the Government of St. Petersburg Irina Hanus. — 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, such as:
Federal Heart, Blood and Endocrinology named V.A.Almazova,
Physico-Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences Ioffe,
St. Petersburg State University,
St. Petersburg Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. Pasteur
St. Petersburg State Medical University im.akad.I.P.Pavlova etc.

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.

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