June 6th, 2018
Professor Rudolf Zechner, Institute of Molecular Biosciences, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria, is awarded the 2018 Rolf Luft Award for his discovery of adipose triglyceride lipase and its role in intracellular catabolism of fat.
His recent work elucidated the role of cardiac and brown adipose ATGL expression in cold-induced thermogenesis. Translational work by Zechner showed that the ATGL inhibitor Atglistatin reduces diet-induced obesity, improves glucose tolerance and prevents liver steatosis in mice, findings that identify ATGL as a target for treating metabolic diseases. Hence, Rudolf Zechner leads the field defining mechanisms for the intracellular catabolism of fat and his research has transformed textbook biochemistry, explained human genetic diseases and identified a promising strategy for treating metabolic disorders.
For further details: Karolinska Institutet, Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery
May 29th, 2018
The Slovak-German Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic initiated together the first "Life Science Innovation Day", which took place on 29 May 2018 at the Science Park of Comenius University in Bratislava. State Secretary Dr. Stanislav Špánik pointed out, that one of the main objectives in biomedical research is to build a systemic biobank infrastructure, which is still lacking in Slovakia. This topic is also subject of a national project that the Ministry of Health seeks to implement as part of EU funds.
"The development of biomedicine is one of the main priorities of the Slovak Republic, which is necessary not only for a healthy population, but also for the development of a knowledge-based economy, it's diversification, competitiveness and sustainability. Continuing support for biomedical research and development will also help us to keep top scientists and attract others from abroad, to strengthen the excellence and internationalization of our scientific teams, foster effective cooperations between hospitals and science and research centers, "said S. Špánik.
The event was attended by top scientists from the public and private sectors. The meeting has been a great opportunity not only to exchange experience, but especially to create a common platform for discussions and to strengthen cooperations that can result in innovative health-related solutions relevant to both, Slovakia and the global markets.
For TV interview with Peter Amersdorfer: Network of Slovak Biobank (in slovak language)
For further details: Life Science Innovation Day - R&D in Biomedicine and Biotechnologies
July 13, 2017
Biomedical specialists met at the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic to discuss the aspects for establishment, utilization and sustainability of biobanks in Slovakia. The international biobanking expert, Dr. Peter Amersdorfer, participated at this meeting in Bratislava.
Biobanking is a pre-requisite for high-quality biomedical research and development. Specialists have agreed that bioproduction, which represents a sophisticated, highly-organized system of long-term storage of biological material with relevant clinical-pathological, epidemiological and biomolecular information, represents the basis for high-quality biomedical research and development including discovery of biomarkers and novel target molecules.
"Research and Innovation in Biomedicine" is one of the 26 projects implemented by the Ministry of Health for better health and the development of this program is also part of the government's overall program strategy. To this end, the Ministry of Health prepares projects, including the establishment and operation of biobanking infrastructure, which will promote the link between basic and applied research and clinical practice in Slovakia. "We will focus on early diagnosis and personalized therapy for the most common chronic diseases in Slovakia, such as oncological, cardiovascular, neurological or metabolic diseases. This will not only reduce the number of avoidable deaths, but also to increase the level of health care and to significantly improve the health status of the Slovak population, "explains Dr. Ivica Kvietikova, Director of the Research and Development Department of the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic.
May 1, 2017
Inhibition of lipolysis represents a novel and innovative strategy for the treatment of metabolic diseases. The Diabetes and Obesity Research Application Cooperative is developing first-in-class
therapies targeting Adipose Triglyceride Lipase (ATGL).
The pre-clinical staged program is performed by the University of Graz (Univ.-Prof. Dr.
Rudolf Zechner, Assoz.-Prof. Dr. Robert Zimmermann), the Technical University of Graz (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rolf Breinbauer) and funded by FFG Austrian Research Foundation Agency (1.2 Mio Euro).
Dr. Peter Amersdorfer supports the 4-year program as project coordinator.
For further details: Metabolic Disorders - Research Studios Austria (RSA)
October 15, 2016
DiagnoNET, a specialist for personalized medicines consulting, is participating at the 3rd edition of Meet In Italy for Life Sciences. This international event is designed to boost business, partnering and networking opportunities in the life sciences sector with particular focus on medical devices, pharma and IT applications for health. The congress will take place October 26th -28th, at the Salone delle Fontane in Rome, Italy.
DiagnoNET (www.diagnonet.com) is an entrepreneur-consulting firm founded by Dr. Peter Amersdorfer. The company is providing expert transaction advice and execution on molecular diagnostics to the life science industry and public health care sectors. The unique portfolio of know-how and services range from biomarker discovery, clinical utility analysis to strategic valuation and marketing with the aim to significantly improve patient management and health care economics.
January 1, 2014
Peter Amersdorfer strengthens the executive management team of Lacerta Technologies GmbH to support the commercialization efforts of serum based regenerative products (albumin-coated bone allografts and point-of care device, which can isolate a growth factor-rich serum fraction from the patient's own blood).
August 31, 2011
DiagnoNET, a specialist for personalized medicines, has been awarded co-authorship in the peer-reviewed journal The Prostate with the publication entitled “Serum-Autoantibodies for Discovery of Prostate Cancer Specific Biomarkers”.
The collaboration involved the work of scientists at Protagen AG and the Department of Urology at the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria, providing evidence that autoantibodies in sera of prostate cancer patients can be used for the development of novel blood based in-vitro diagnostics. “Our expertise in sourcing of high quality bio-specimens and clinical utility analysis of emerging biomarker panels complements the state of the art R&D programs of life science companies,“ states Dr. Peter Amersdorfer and adds: “The cooperation strengthens our position in supporting biomarker programs of unmet medical need.”
For further details: Serum-Autoantibodies for Discovery of Prostate Cancer Specific Biomarkers
July 9, 2010
DiagnoNET and Science Park Graz announced today the appointment of Peter Amersdorfer as Business Advisor. Peter will provide industry advice and expertise to Science Park located diagnostic start-up company InFact, specializing in the field of wound infection caused by microbes.
“Particular elderly patients suffering of chronic wounds will benefit from such early molecular diagnostic tests,”commented Dr. Eva Wehrschütz- Sigl, founder and member of InFact.
Peter added, “After having met with the Science Park Graz Management Team, I am pleased to support this outstanding organization bridging innovative business ideas and new projects to successful start-up companies in Styria, Austria. InFact is developing a promising approach to bring true innovation in wound care management and better products in personalized medicine.”
For further details: Science Park Graz