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Haris Antypas receives Grant from European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT)

Haris Charalampos Antypas, PhD, received the €25k Gold Award of the PhD Transition Fellowship Programme from EIT Health and an additional €25k award from Karolinska Institutet to accelerate the development of a diagnostic assay for biofilm-related infections.

Haris is a postdoctoral researcher in Agneta Richter-Dahlfors group at the Swedish Medical Nanoscience Center at Karolinska Institutet. During his doctoral studies in Richter-Dahlfors group, Haris developed a diagnostic assay for biofilm-related urinary tract infections, which was recently featured in journal NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes. This assay is based on a group of molecules called “optotracers”, which emit a spectral signature when bound to biofilm components. Knowing whether a patient has a biofilm-related urinary tract infection could help clinicians prescribe a more effective antibiotic treatment.

“I am honored to receive funding from EIT Health and Karolinska Institutet to pursue the commercialization of this project,” said Haris. “In the following months, my goal is to carry out market research to understand current needs for biofilm detection in clinical diagnostics, but also to demonstrate further the applicability of optotracers in patient samples.”

Haris will attend the “EIT Health Alumni Showcase 2018” the 11th & 12th of December in Paris to pitch his awarded project.

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