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The first “Navigation System” for drugs – soon to be developed in Thuringia

  • 2016

Drugs that tar­get only the dis­eased organs and cells of the body, thereby caus­ing fewer side effects – this is the goal pur­sued by Smart­Dye­Liv­ery GmbH from Jena. bm|t (beteili­gungs­man­age­ment thürin­gen GmbH) and Sparkasse Jena-Saale-Hol­z­land have jointly agreed to ensure start-up financ­ing for this inno­v­a­tive con­cept, and they agree that this life-sav­ing tech­no­log­i­cal inno­va­tion from Thuringia must be supported.

Smart­Dye­Liv­ery GmbH is a spin-off from Friedrich Schiller Uni­ver­sity Jena and Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal Jena and was founded by Pro­fes­sors Ulrich S. Schu­bert und Michael Bauer. The research team, spon­sored by the Free State of Thuringia and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, has com­pleted fea­si­bil­ity analy­sis in which they suc­cess­fully pro­duced nanopar­ti­cles equipped with both phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal ingre­di­ents and a “nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem” so that they could be released with speci­ficity and con­trol into tar­get areas. Par­tic­u­larly of note, this nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem can be used for diag­nos­tic appli­ca­tions, such as the deter­mi­na­tion of organ func­tion or the trans­port effi­ciency of particles.

For the first area of prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tion, Smart­Dye­Liv­ery GmbH is focus­ing on the devel­op­ment of a ther­apy for patients with sep­tic liver fail­ure. Today, these patients die in over 90% of cases. This high mor­tal­ity rate can be reduced through inno­v­a­tive tech­no­log­i­cal ther­a­pies – in Ger­many alone, more than 1,500 lives could be saved. Direc­tors Dr. Georg Hochwim­mer und Dr. Marc Lehmann are con­fi­dent that this tech­nol­ogy plat­form has a wide spec­trum of other appli­ca­tions, such as in can­cer therapy.

About Smart­Dye­Liv­ery GmbH: Smart­Dye­Liv­ery devel­ops spe­cific, nanopar­ti­cle-based drug trans­porters for ther­a­peu­tic and ther­a­nos­tic appli­ca­tions. In 2015, the com­pany was awarded the Spe­cial Prize for Young Com­pa­nies from the Thuringia Inno­va­tion Awards.

About Sparkasse Jena-Saale-Hol­z­land: For the last 188 years, Sparkasse Jena-Saale-Hol­z­land has been a strong and reli­able part­ner in the Jena and Saale-Hol­z­land region. Thanks to its large branch net­work, con­sul­tants are avail­able for their clients in the imme­di­ate vicin­ity, allow­ing impor­tant deci­sions to be made quickly and locally. Sparkasse offers every­thing in one place, from check­ing accounts to real estate bro­ker­age, and con­struc­tion finance to com­mer­cial and cor­po­rate lend­ing. As a pub­lic insti­tu­tion, Sparkasse is com­mit­ted to the com­mon good and eco­nomic devel­op­ment of the Jena-Saale-Hol­z­land region and peo­ple who live there.

About bm|t: Erfurt-based bm|t is a sub­sidiary of the Thüringer Auf­baubank and is the first stop for invest­ment in Thuringia. bm|t cur­rently man­ages nine funds with a total vol­ume of approx­i­mately €340 mil­lion and is engaged with inno­v­a­tive com­pa­nies across almost all indus­tries and at all stages of com­pany devel­op­ment, from start-up to growth-phase com­pa­nies or busi­ness suc­ces­sion situations.

Con­tact

Katrin Uschmann
Invest­ment Man­ager bm|t
Tel.: +49 361−7447−610
katrin.uschmann@bm‑t.com

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