TAIWAN ACADEMIC R&D TECH NEWS_Epidemic Prevention

 

TAIWAN ACADEMIC R&D TECH NEWS

August, 2021

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Once the new normal after the pandemic makes governments around the world formulate public health strategies fighting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), improving the efficiency of rapid screening and developing virus suppression products become the core issues of Taiwan's biomedical and technology industries exploring new opportunities under the new normal. GLORIA promoted by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) brings together various rapid screening and virus suppression technologies developed by Taiwan's academia, and there are several results from schools such as NCKU, NSYSU, KMU, CMU and CGU, which have been transferred to Taiwan's companies, further accelerating the exploration for new business opportunities at home and abroad by Taiwan's biomedical and technology industries.

 

Rapid Screening Technologies and Services

 

01. Leadgene Bio (National Cheng Kung University)

Testing reagent materials

Leadgene Bio, a startup extended from NCKU, completed its development of rapid screening materials in 2020, and has attracted the attention of businesses around the world, becoming a leader in testing reagent materials in Taiwan.

02. FJU and Fu Jen Catholic University Hospital

Corporate quick screening services

FJU and Fu Jen Catholic University Hospital collaborated on the launch of corporate quick screening services. The services compile and register employees or migrant workers, conduct rapid screening, report the results and positive cases through text messages the following day, and arrange the subsequent PCR tests. The solution is now serving Fubon Group, Yuanta Financial Holdings, Advantech, Kindom Construction and other businesses.

03. Team of Professor Wen-Liang Chen, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

Quantitative electronic chip rapid screening platform

The team of Professor Wen-Liang Chen from NYCU of the New Industries Alliance developed a quantitative electronic chip rapid screening platform which can complete the rapid screening of novel coronavirus under 5 minutes, and then determine the current phase of infection based on the data of antibodies, antigens, and nucleic acids. The platform has acquired TFDA, CE and Thailand FDA certifications.

04. National Sun Yat-sen University

Ultra-sensitive COVID-19 lgM antibody rapid screening technology

NSYSU has introduced an ultra-sensitive COVID-19 lgM antibody rapid screening technology. Only a drop of blood is needed to quickly screen out early infections without obvious symptoms under 15 minutes, so that quarantine and treatment can given as soon as possible.

05. Kaohsiung Medical University

Automatic rapid screening reagent for novel coronavirus

KMU has developed a fully automatic rapid screening reagent for novel coronavirus. Adding samples from patients to the reagents, and the test results can be analyzed through fully automated instruments, which can quickly perform screening in large quantities at low cost.

06. Kaohsiung Medical University

Fixed-temperature chemical nucleic acid detection technology

KMU has launched fixed-temperature chemical nucleic acid detection technology. It is the first fixed-temperature nucleic acid detection medical material approved by the Ministry of Health and Welfare for project manufacturing in Taiwan. The detection process does not require temperature control, and the detection time is only a quarter of the traditional method, while offering high accuracy.

07. Chang Gung University

Novel coronavirus neutralizing antibody titer assay kit

CGU’s Research Center for Emerging Viral Infections has developed a novel coronavirus neutralizing antibody titer assay kit. After the binding of neutralizing antibody and specific protein for 1.5 hours, the kit can quickly and accurately identify whether there are virus-inhibiting neutralizing antibodies inside the body. The technology has been transferred to Formosa Biomedical Technology Corporation.

08. Taipei Medical University Hospital

Contactless pandemic control technology platform

Taipei Medical University Hospital has collaborated with the Industrial Technology Research Institute, Radica Health, Tranwo Technology, Microsoft Taiwan, Acer ACEB and other industry-academia collaboration teams to launch the “Contactless pandemic control technology platform”. It can automatically measure, compile, and interpret patients’ data, and issue immediate warning messages if there is an abnormality. The platform offers real-time videoconferencing interactions to reduce contacts between people, further protecting the front-line medical personnel.

 

Viral Suppression Technologies and Function Validation Services

 

09. Team of Professor Dean-Mo Liu, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

Biogel antivirus nano coating technology

The team of Professor Dean-Mo Liu from NYCU of the New Industries Alliance has developed the “Biogel antivirus nano coating technology” which can be applied to masks for viral suppression and killing of viruses.

10. National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

Research centers for epidemic prevention

NYCU has established one of the only two research centers for epidemic prevention in Taiwan. It consolidates the efforts of Taipei Veterans General Hospital, National Yang Ming University Hospital and Taoyuan Hospital of the Ministry of Health and Welfare and collaborates with domestic companies such as Medigen, Acer, Formosa Laboratories and SyneuRx on reagents, drugs, vaccines, regulations and smart medical care.

11. National Sun Yat-sen University

Nano-shield pandemic control spray

NSYSU has launched a nano-shield pandemic control spray. The spray can be suspended in the air for up to two hours and bind with the novel coronavirus to cause it to settle. It can bind with 40% to 60% of novel coronavirus in the air within 30 minutes, further reducing the risk of virus transmission. The Pseudovirus-SARS-CoV-2 cell infection test confirmed that the efficiency of inhibiting the virus infecting cells can reach 67.8%. It has been confirmed that it does not cause inhalation toxicity, skin irritation, and eye irritation.

12. Principal and fellow Mien-Chie Hung of China Medical University

Molecular cell rapid screening platform

Principal and fellow Mien-Chie Hung of China Medical University used a newly constructed molecular cell rapid screening platform to find inhibitors that can fight Alpha variant (UK variant) and Beta variant (South Africa variant) through the Chinese Pharmacopoeia and natural products.

13. Chung Yuan Christian University

Nanofiber collector

The Research and Development Center for Membrane Technology of Chung Yuan Christian University has collaborated with a biotechnology company to develop a nanofiber collector that can efficiently capture viruses to improve sampling efficiency and detection sensitivity.

14. Professor Yi-Ning Chen, Chung Yuan Christian University

Performance validation of COVID-19 viral suppression materials

Professor Yi-Ning Chen of the Department of Bioscience Technology at Chung Yuan Christian University has helped a technology company develop performance validation of COVID-19 viral suppression materials.

15. Meet Tec (National Cheng Kung University)

Single coating technology

Meet Tec, a startup extended from NCKU, used a single coating technology to enhance the electrostatic filtration performance to inhibit the proliferation of bacteria and viruses and prevent blood penetration, which can be applied to products related to pandemic control.

16. Chang Gung University

Antibacterial spray test service

CGU’s Research Center for Emerging Viral Infections has helped Formosa Biomedical Technology Corporation test antibacterial spray. The experimental results confirmed that its performance inhibiting the novel coronavirus exceeded 99.99%.

 
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The Project of Global Research & Industry Alliance (GLORIA) first launched in 2017, with the aim to help Taiwan universities transform cutting-edge R&D into industry, establish industry-academia collaborations, and foster international collaborations. GLORIA welcomes industry professionals who are interested to work with us to create new manners of technology and innovation, not only in biotech but in areas from AI, industry 4.0, Fintech, and more!

 

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