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Building a Competence Centre for Research and Development in the Field of Molecular Medicine

BioScience Slovakia, as one of the partners in cooperation with the main partner the Comenius University in Bratislava, participated in the implementation of the project “Building a Competence Centre for Research and Development in the Field of Molecular Medicine” with the ITMS Code 26240220071 funded by the EU Structural Funds.

The main aim of the project was to build a competence centre that will connect the public and private sector to achieve top research results and to support applied research and development in the field of molecular medicine.

The main initiative of the project is the association of leading scientific institutions with the aim of transferring state-of-the-art scientific knowledge into clinical practice in the field of diagnosis and therapy of serious human diseases. The established association will build a functional centre for the creation and transfer of knowledge based on the modern directions of genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and bioinformatics leading to predictive and personalized human medical diagnostics on existing personnel, methodological and instrumental infrastructure.

In the emerging centre, it will be possible to develop highly effective approaches to the treatment of severely treatable diseases based on top diagnostics using molecular and cell biology methods. The activities of the newly established centre will be in line with the priorities of the SR’s technical and scientific policy in the area of health and quality of life as well as the development of modern technologies in biomedicine.

The outputs of the centre will be useful not only in Slovakia but also globally because biomedicine is undoubtedly one of the priority development areas of interest of developed countries.

Center for innovative research of anticancer and antiviral strategies

During the period 05/2011 – 08/2015 BioScience Slovakia implemented in cooperation with the Institute of Virology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS) the research project: “Center for innovative research of anticancer and antiviral strategies” funded by EU structural funds.

Tumors represent an enormous medical, psychological and social burden on individuals, their environment, as well as on the society. Over the last three decades, this burden has doubled due to the increasing life expectancy and various lifestyle and environmental changes. It is expected that the prevalence of cancerous diseases will continue to grow and will have achieved 15 millions of newly diagnosed cases by 2020, while cancer remains the most frequent cause of death in Europe.

The rationale behind this project is to fight cancer through better early diagnosis, customized therapy, its effective implementation and through more targeted research in this area.

The project aims to establish a research centre for innovative research of anticancer and antiviral strategies and a centre of cancer diagnostics, which will allow us to conduct further research in this area.

The project’s outputs will be brought to an implementation phase, during which they will be applied as part of a set suitable for routine oncological diagnostics. This will ultimately have a significant impact on early diagnosis and subsequent treatment of cancer.

Industrial research in the clinical diagnosis of infectious pathogens

During the period 06/2010 – 11/2014 BioScience Slovakia implemented in cooperation with the Institute of Virology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS) the research project: “Industrial research in the clinical diagnosis of infectious pathogens” funded by EU structural funds.

The project was based on the fact that many viral diseases are unrecognized in the populations because they do not cause serious infections in healthy individuals. However, if immunity is suppressed, whether due to certain diseases or deliberately (for example, transplants), these pathogens can fully manifest and induce serious health complications leading to a deterioration or death of the individual.

This project aims to significantly improve the diagnosis of these infectious pathogens, which is currently being implemented in a complicated way using different methods and has a special format for each pathogen. In order to simplify, accelerate and increase sensitivity, it is necessary to explore the possibilities of complex approach in a uniform format suitable for routine diagnostics, using the latest scientific achievements in molecular biology.