The results of the the competition of innovative projects "Startup Rally 2018" are summed up ()
The nominees and winners of the Startup Rally innovation contest in the biomedical field were determined. The competition was organized by the Project Office “Promotion” of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russian Federation (the project office operator is the S-GROUP Corporate Communications Center) with organizational support from the Skolkovo Foundation's Biomedical Technology Cluster. Special partners of the competition are the Russian high-tech pharmaceutical company R-Pharm and the pharmaceutical company Merk (a research and technology company in the field of healthcare, life sciences and high-tech materials).
The final pitch session of the competition on September 11, 2018 at the BIOTECHMED conference in Gelendzhik was attended by 25 projects that scored the most points on the basis of online expertise. The jury members include representatives of Russian and foreign pharmaceutical companies, investment funds, development institutions, and the academic community. The jury chairman is Alexey Alyokhin, director of the pharmaceutical and medical industry development department. The session was moderated by Ruslan Altaev, Director for work with Key Partners and Development of the Skolkovo Biomedical Technologies Cluster of the Skolkovo Foundation. The jury vote counting was carried out in two technological nominations - “Pharmaceuticals and Laboratory Diagnostics” and “Medical Products and Digital Healthcare”. The winners, who took the first three places in the jury rating ranking, shared the prize fund of the competition. In the pharmaceutical nomination, the fundamental achievements of medical products won on the basis of scientific and educational institutions - organizations of chemical biology and fundamental medicine of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University and Kazan University. (1st and 3rd places), as well as the development of the Usanovs' sisters - a software-hardware complex for the diagnosis and non-invasive correction of visual pathologies "Videooculograph."
Special representatives took part in the awards ceremony. The event's guest also cured representatives and organizations, founders of special nominations for compilers, - HealthNet-STI Working Group, Skolkovo Foundation's Biomedical Cluster, Bayer, Shvabe Holding, X-Tech, Technopark of the Novosibirsk Academgorodok, MSU Scientific Park and venture capital fund Primer Capital. Nominees are offered non-monetary support from partners - expertise, consulting and promotion programs, participation in acceleration programs. The most titled project in Startup Rally 2018 was a project from Kazan called “Developing a drug for cancer treatment based on an innovative inhibitor of ABC transporters”, which also won in the nominations of Bayer, the venture fund Primer Capital and X-Tech. The partners also attracted the attention of the project “Videookulograf”, which became the nominee of “Shvabe” and the Skolkovo Foundation.
Winners in the direction of "Pharmaceuticals and laboratory diagnostics":
1st place: "Antineoplastic drug - recombinant strain of vaccinia virus - VV-GMCSF-Lact" (Novosibirsk)
2nd place: "Transfer of production technology, clinical trials, commercialization of the enzyme drug Triticain-alpha for the treatment of celiac disease" (Moscow)
3rd place: "Development of a drug for the treatment of cancer based on an innovative inhibitor of ABC transporters" (Kazan)
Winners in the direction of "Medical Products and Digital Medicine":
1st place: Neurochat (Moscow)
2nd place: "Videookulograf" (Moscow)
3rd place: "Neurointerface with artificial intelligence" (St. Petersburg)