We are excited to announce that an eight-partner consortium (IRIS-COV), of which we are members, has been awarded an EU funding of €2.4 M (H2020-SCI-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020-2). The “IRIS-COV” project is one of the 23 to receive funding from a total of 454 submitted proposals.
The aim of the project is the market release of a portable device to carry out a combined test for SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza A at the point-of-care (POC). EnzyQuest is actively engaged in manufacturing and large-scale production of reagent-kits. In addition to EnzyQuest, the consortium includes BIOPIX-T (Crete, Greece) which is the medical device designer, manufacturer and provider, IMBB-FORTH (Crete, Greece) which will coordinate the project, three hospitals in Europe (UCLH-UK, INSERM-France and ULB-Belgium) which will perform the clinical validations, one consulting company for the certification (PKNM-Switzerland) and an end-user in South Africa (Kiara Health).
EnzyQuest signs commercial agreement with FO.R.T.H. (Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas) for exclusive commercial exploitation of more than 70 molecular biology products developed by the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB-FORTH).
The Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) was founded in 1983. It is one of the largest research centers in Greece with well-organized facilities, highly qualified personnel and a reputation as a top-level research institution worldwide.
In 2019, FO.R.T.H. was ranked first (1st) among all Research Centers in Greece , 56th in Europe and 130th Internationally, out of 8,138 Research Centers worldwide, according to the Global “Ranking Web of Research Centers”.
According to Uni.Fund, EnzyQuest is the first company that is active in the field of enzyme biotechnology in Southeast Europe. Having already 70 products in its portfolio, as well as a number of new ones under development, EnzyQuest enters dynamically on the world map, with a strong and innovative element of the identification and discovery of enzymes with new properties and pioneering applications by Extremophilic organisms, i.e. microorganisms that have developed enzymes that operate in extreme conditions (saltness, temperature, etc.).
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