Symcel and Colzyx partner to test 25 novel, first-in-kind collagen VI derived anti microbial peptides with calScreener™
The first time ever peptides of this nature are tested for effectiveness in combating microbial infection using bioenergetic measurements.
Symcel: 20 December 2016:
Symcel, the company behind the revolutionary cell-based assay tool for real-time cellular bioenergetic measurements, calScreener™, has partnered with Colzyx to test 25 different new collagen VI derived antimicrobial peptides – analysing their capability to kill bacterial growth. These newly discovered, first-in-kind peptides each have the capability to kill bacteria in different ways. The technology will be used flexibly to test each peptide independently or in combination with others.
Testing the collagen VI derived peptides with Symcel’s calScreener, with the calorimetric measurement of heat generated by metobolism, provides rapid generation of unique information that can’t be acquired through other experimental methods.
The novel calScreener™ technology provides continuous kinetic data for bacterial growth and inhibition – making it a valuable tool for evaluating novel antibacterial compounds. These newly created peptides are of a type that has never been tested in this field of R&D before.
Eskil Söderlind, CEO at Colzyx remarked:
“We are delighted to have partnered with Symcel in what is an industry first in R&D on multiple counts. Their innovative calScreener™ technology is set to further test and validate the effectiveness of our novel collagen VI peptides which, for the first time in research history, are being put to use to combat microbial infection by destroying bacteria”.
Christer Wallin, CEO of Symcel commented:
“We are very pleased to be working with Colzyx and very much look forward to putting our technology to use in measuring and evaluating the impact that their peptides have in killing bacterial growth. CalScreener™ was selected because of its ability to deliver unique data in real-time for these truly groundbreaking tests – the results of which will be of high scientific and healthcare interest.”
Eskil Söderlind continued:
“Our peptides have the potential to provide a new and unique form of antibiotics for treating infections in the future. Our highly natural solution – utilising the bodies own built in defence mechanism and developing that into a form of a pharmaceutical drug for targeting microbial infection – has great healthcare potential.”
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Notes to Editors
Public Health England Paper published in 2014 showed that 40% of all reported clinical cases of mycobacterium tuberculosis could not be culture confirmed.
SymCel provides a novel cell-based assay tool for real time cellular bioenergetics measurements. SymCel is a privately held biotechnology company located in northern Stockholm Sweden, a region well known for high tech telecom and med-tech industry development.
SymCel was founded by Dr Dan Hallen and Prof. Ingemar Wadsö in 2004. The founders have an extensive background in the field of calorimetry measurement and technology development. The current research team at SymCel has extensive experience of multiple disciplines within the biotechnology industry as well as the pharmaceutical development industry.
SymCel develops and markets analytical instrumentations that fulfil an unmet need for cell biological research and development, within R&D departments of the Life Science industry, as well as academic research laboratories. Our solution is a fast label-free assay technology providing real-time continuous data monitoring of cell metabolism.
SymCel website address: www.symcel.se.
Colzyx designs and develops bio-implants with superior tissue integration function and products for wound healing with antibiotic effect. The company is founded on groundbreaking inventions made in the laboratory of Drs Matthias Mörgelin and Suado M Abdillahi, Medical Faculty, Lund University, Sweden,
For further information please visit www.colzyx.com.
- On 20/12/2016