Two UNIL-CHUV projects win InnoTREK/FIT innovation grant

Laurent Vinet and Lars Backhaus

PACTT is happy to announce that in response to the 2020 spring call InnoTREK/FIT, two projects from UNIL-CHUV were awarded an innovation grant.
These grants provide CHF 100’000.- financial support for the further development of an innovative project with a promising business potential in view of the creation of a start-up.

The project Artemis is developing an innovative, patented medical tool to meet a medical need in open surgical revascularization and vascular access. The biological mechanism leading to partial or total occlusion of blood vessels after surgical trauma is related to the development of intimal hyperplasia. Dr Laurent Vinet’s project aims to prevent restenosis of the vessels by releasing locally in a sustained manner drugs effective in the early and later phases of restenosis development, allowing a synergistic effect.
Dr Laurent Vinet will be hosted in Prof. Corpataux’s laboratory in the Cardiovascular Department at CHUV.

The project of Lars Backhaus named Intermedici is taking a completely new approach in digital medication. Intermedici’s products are based on the idea of MAGNA, a one-stop shop, AI-assisted online self-management database for different chronic diseases, in first line gout, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. MAGNA will host disease specific data (clinical, patient reported, laboratory values, and wearables-derived) to document, analyze and improve patient care. The aim is to create clinically tested “digital drugs” for future prescriptions by doctors.

Mr Lars Backhaus will be hosted in Prof. Hugle’s laboratory in the Rheumatology Service at CHUV.

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