Remedy Biologics Limited's project RapCo-19 has developed an antibody platform to help identify the optimal antibodies to treat severe cases of the disease. The project is receiving EU funding of €2.5 million.
In the past year, the European Commission has invested €226 million through the European Innovation Council pilot and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology to support innovative start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses. Many projects have already generated promising results, said Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth at a virtual media event today.
ViruShield from Germany, has developed a reusable, self-cleaning personal protective equipment that removes 95% of particles and droplets. Advitos, also from Germany, developed a blood purification therapy which reduces the need for ventilator support and increases the survival rate of patients with a severe infection by up to 30%. The Danish company BluSense Diagnostics developed a nanotechnology-based blood test platform for diagnosis of infectious diseases that works with a single drop of blood within minutes. Other Danish entrepreneurs developed a new respiratory suctioning system that can cut healthcare costs. An AI-based virtual management centre for hospitalised COVID-19 patients has demonstrated a 50% reduction in mortality rate. And a start-up from Hungary, Entremo, which was among the winners of the #EUvsVirus Hackathon, has developed a smart monitoring device that allows to monitor patients remotely.
Commissioner Gabriel said: “The coronavirus pandemic has created unprecedented challenges that require innovative ideas. The rapid investments to innovative start-ups and projects through the European Innovation Council and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology have unlocked a range of breakthrough ideas to tackle the crisis and to speed up European and global recovery.”
The support is part of the Commission's €1.4 billion pledge to the Coronavirus Global Response, launched last year by President Ursula von der Leyen. €1 billion comes from Horizon 2020 to develop vaccines, new treatments and diagnostic tools. These efforts also build on past and ongoing EU funded research related to coronaviruses and outbreaks.
- Publication date
- 10 March 2021
- Representation in Ireland