Prototyping grants #2: Healthy sugar, digital health solutions, and improved cancer screeningIs there a healthy alternative to sugar? How can I measure changes to my mental acuity? And how can cancer prevention be made more reliable? These questions are at the heart of three innovative validation projects-- "Sweeternative," "Trackognize," and "HPV & Cervix all-in-one Test"-- that are receiving funding from the prototyping grant’s application round #2 of the Transfer Center enaCom. The teams from the University of Bonn and the University Hospital Bonn (UKB) are each receiving a prototyping grant to develop their innovative research findings to market readiness. Calls for the grants with up to 50,000 euros in funding are regularly posted by the Transfer Center.
Sweeternative - A healthy alternative to sugar
Sugar that won’t make you fat-who doesn’t dream of that? Dr. Marcel Hövels, André Neff, Jorge de Heuvel and Jannick Dülberg are developing a sweet-tasting form of fiber that can be consumed as an alternative sweetener. The idea arose from Marcel Hövels’s research into microbiology and biotechnology at the University of Bonn. "We came together as a team last year at the start-up summer school and almost immediately won the idea competition at the University of Bonn. We’re now thrilled to have funding through the prototyping grant to produce our first prototypes," Hövels recounts the history of the project.
Trackognize - Digital app monitors mental acuity
An intelligent keyboard app for the smartphone has been designed to visualize cognitive processing power. "This is especially crucial for people with chronic illnesses of the central nervous systems, such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis. They often also suffer from a creeping deterioration of mental acuity," explains Christoph Helmstädter of the Bonn University Hospital’s Clinic for Epileptic Studies. He and his co-founders Vivian Radicke, Kris Leipzig, Jacqueline Lohmann, and Thorsten Rings developed an app to track this digitally. "Trackognize" monitors cognitive function to allow physicians to make better therapy decisions.
Medical Care: Better detection of cervical cancer
All-round care: Ines Gütgemann of the UKB’s Institute for Pathology has developed an all-in-one test for cervical cancer. The new test procedure lends itself to earlier diagnosis of cervical cancer and its preliminary stages, ultimately providing better protection for women. Gütgemann is joined in the project team by Dr. Glen Kristiansen, Dr. Thomas Mayr, Dr. Damian Ralser, Dr. Alexander Mustea, Andreas Buness, and Dr. Anshupa Sahu (all of the UKB).