«Target medicals» Company joined the ranks of the contest «StartUp Village» Winners
Every year, the fair of «StartUp Village», organized by the ‘Skolkovo’ Foundation and its partners, attracts thousands of participants. There are, among them, technological enterprisers, scientists, investors, experts, representatives of diplomatic corps, lovers of innovative inventions, and, of course, startup-companies demonstrating their unique projects.
The precursor of the conference was a Startup-tour in Russian regions during which hundreds of projects were selected; from those selected, the jury of the contest of innovative projects selects three winners. Besides, all finalists (this year there were 26 of them), receive 300.000 roubles. Critically important is the criterion of novelty of the project, its potential of commercialization as well as scientific and technological feasibility of the projects.
This year the jury awarded the third place to the “Target Medicals” Company for the project of working out the innovative anti-tuberculous medicament. Since 2012, the biotechnological company ‘The Target Medicals’ has been busy creating a new generation of pharmaceutical products for medicine. Particularly, at present, they are working out a new generation of anti-tuberculous medicines based on inhibitors of mycobacterial cytochromes P450, which have a minimal effect on the ferments of human beings.
Today, TB is a grave inflectional disease, widely spread in the world. At that, as it is noted by Camila Zarubina, project manager of bio-medical cluster ‘Skolkovo’, over the last 30 years, at the world pharmaceutical market, no new pharmaceutical products for treating tuberculosis were registered. In view of this, there is no shadow of doubt that there is a great demand for the products of ‘The Target Medicals’.
Alexei Kliuchenovich, the general director of the company, noted on the course of research: «Today, we are on the stage of researching the so-called ‘leader compound’, i.e. the molecule that will, to the maximum effect possible, affect medicines target which is basically intracellular protein of mycobacteria – infective agent of tuberculosis. The given protein belongs to the special group of ferments called cytochromes P450; almost all living organisms have them. Our scientists are experts of international standard in researching the role of cytochromes P450; recently they were able to discover that, with the help of these proteins, the mycobacteria of tuberculosis affects the local immune response of a human being in a special way, allowing the mycobacteria to remain invulnerable. The future medicine would be directed at blocking the very quality, and it would be a completely new class of medicaments».
As the General Director of ‘The Target Medicals’said, the money will be used to intensify the research and pay off the first stages of the procedure of intellectual property protection, which is very important for attracting further investments to the project.
In ‘Skolkovo’, they highly appreciate the competence and prospects of ‘The Target Medicals’ team. «We are looking forward to the results of research program of our company, – underlined Camila Zarubina. – Besides, the portfolio of ‘The Target Medicals’ Company holds crystallized structures of cytochrome (CYP) of human being and more than 10 workings of ferment medicaments of human being’s CYP to be used in pre-clinical research. This vast experience in the field of cytochromes and unique scientific results of the project give them considerable competitive advantages and there are high chances that they will be able to create medicaments of a new class: antituberculous, antihypertensive, anti-fungal and other pharmaceutical medicaments».
In his turn, Aleksey Klutchenovitch shared his impression of the innovative conference: «StartUp Village is a unique place where researchers could presents their achievements to the wide circle of experts, indeed, it is very important for any high tech startup to know the opinion of competent specialists in scientific and commercial spheres. It is necessary to have as many as possible objective appreciations of you project; it will help you to look critically at your work, to see its weak points and to direct all your efforts in the right direction. StartUp Village 2016 attracted experts of high class and we are happy to be highly appreciated by them – it means, we are on the right way».
«It is difficult to single out anybody from the participants, for all the projects are worthy of attention and went through a serious selection. The main thing is – not to rest on your laurels, for persistence and love for your work are, to my mind, the main qualities of an enterpriser who works in the innovative sphere».