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Will Occur Along with Holding the Second Stem Cells Festival;

Holding of innovation challenge for development of cell targeting methods

Along with the second national festival and international congress of stem cells and regenerative medicine, the innovation challenge for development of cell targeting methods will be held with the support of headquarters for stem cell sciences and technology of the Vice-Presidency for science and technology affairs.

According to the public relations and information center of the Vice-Presidency for science and technology affairs, the headquarters for stem cell sciences and technology will held the innovation challenge for development of cell targeting techniques to enhance the treatment of incurable diseases.

Presently, the majority of methods used in this regard focus on systematic cell injection or injection to target tissue. With regard to the anatomic location of various tissues, injection in tissues might be extremely invasive. Therefore, development of strategies, which deliver cells to the target tissues with non-invasive methods, seems essential.

As results, the headquarters for stem cell science and technology will support knowledge-based companies, students, faculty members of universities and research centers, and other researchers and technologists of this area individually or in group to develop “cell targeting methods to be placed in the desired and appropriate place”.

Since the central object of this innovative challenge is the development of cell targeting methods, organs, including pancreas and liver, are prioritized.

Cell targeting includes a series of efforts, which follow two specific targets; first, the cells used in cell therapy reach the target tissue and are located in the damaged area, and second, after the establishment of tissue in the desired place, therapeutic effects of the method are applied.

Some of the other evaluation criteria of this challenge are economic justification (including the final price, the initial required investment) and technical justifications (easiness or complexity of the process, raw material supply situation and required equipment).

In order to participate in this event, enthusiasts of this area are encouraged to upload their conceptual design on the website of the challenge until June 22nd 2017. At the end of the first stage, three projects will be selected by a judging panel, and 30-100 million IRR of lab facilities will be given to the projects based on their requirements (including shopping essentials and use of lab equipment).

Holding a half-day technomarket, the top idea owners will be invited to present their projects in the presence of some investors and potential supporters. Eventually, on July 1st 2017, the laboratory sample will be made and winners of the first round have approximately 12 months to use the obtained lab facilities to create a laboratory sample based on the conceptual design.

At the end of the innovation challenge, cash prize will be given to the members of the first and second teams in addition to commercialization facilities.

 

The second national festival and international congress of stem cell and regenerative medicine will be held July 13th-15th, 2017 at international conference center with the support of the headquarters for stem cell science and technologies and the Vice-Presidency for science and technology affairs. 


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