The winner of the sixth edition of Cooperation of the Year is a collaborative project implemented by the Centre of Materials and Nanotechnologies of the Faculty of Chemical Technology at the University of Pardubice and the company PARDAM, s.r.o. The project involves the successful development of a nanofibrous material whose unique sorption properties enable it to absorb unwanted airborne moisture. The new material can be used in the fields of electronics, food production, the chemical industry and other sectors. The above-mentioned entities’ cooperation on the development of this solution has been recognised by the Association for Foreign Investment (AFI) and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in cooperation with the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TACR).
In cooperation with the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, the Association for Foreign Investment and the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic have announced the results of the sixth edition of the Cooperation of the Year competition. An expert jury selected the most successful projects in the areas of nanotechnology, veterinary medicine and agricultural production. The purpose of this event is to determine and honour the best innovative outcomes arising on the basis of cooperation between the public and corporate spheres. “Over the six years of Cooperation of the Year, the competition’s expert jury has seen the results of more than 120 joint collaborative projects carried out by working teams of public research institutes, universities and companies. It is astonishing how many unique research and development projects involving collaboration between multiple public and commercial entities are initiated in the Czech Republic every year. Better promotion of such projects is one of the main goals of the competition,” Kamil Blažek, chairman of the AFI.
“The award-winning projects represent top-level research and are actually bringing forth practical and useful solutions to our current problems. I am pleased that two out of the three award-winning projects were supported by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, which focuses especially on supporting excellent projects involving cooperation between industry and research organisations,” adds Petr Očko, chairman of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic.
The Cooperation of the Year award competition is organised by the Association for Foreign Investment and the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic; the co-organiser of the event is the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic. The sixth edition of the event was held under the auspices of Deputy Prime Minister for Science, Research and Innovation Pavel Bělobrádek, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport Kateřina Valachová and Minister of Industry and Trade Jiří Havlíček. The partners of the project are Česká spořitelna and the Investment and Business Development Agency CzechInvest. The event was also supported by the South Moravian Innovation Centre, the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic, the science-and-research web portal vedavyzkum.cz and Zátiší Group.
The winners of Cooperation of the Year 2017 are:
1. TECHNOLOGY FOR PRODUCTION OF ADVANCED NANOSTRUCTURAL SIO2 FIBRES
University of Pardubice / Faculty of Chemical Technology
Cooperation between the Centre of Materials and Nanotechnologies of the Faculty of Chemical Technology at the University of Pardubice and the company PARDAM, s.r.o. led to the development of a fibrous material whose sorption properties are significantly better than those of sorbents commonly in use today. Its active surface area greatly exceeds that of standard materials. The new technological production process is the subject of joint patent no. 306370 awarded by the Industrial Property Office on 9 November 2016. ´
The fibres will find use in absorbing unwanted airborne moisture, which is an important process in many fields, such as electronics, food production and the chemical industry, among other sectors. The sorbent has extraordinary useful properties and is easily reusable, thus bringing forth savings thanks to significantly lower financial and energy costs. The patented technology process enables industrial production in the necessary amount.
2nd place: POSSIBILITY OF VACCINATING PIGS WITH AN INACTIVE VACCINE FOR REDUCING THE OCCURRENCE OF SALMONELLA IN PIG BREEDING
Výzkumný ústav veterinárního lékařství, v.v.i.
The main result of this project is a vaccine that reduces nursing piglets’ susceptibility to Salmonella Typhimurium, Salmonella Derby and Salmonella Infantis. The vaccine is globally unique, as no similar vaccine has been registered in any country. The three above-mentioned types of salmonella are the strains most commonly found in pig breeding in Central and Western Europe and pose a risk for consumers of pork.
Vaccination of sows leads to the transfer of immunity to nursing piglets, which thus gain significant protection against infection. The vaccine was developed during the project and in the past year it has undergone field testing focused on its safety and effectiveness, which is a prerequisite for the vaccine’s registration procedure. The vaccine’s safety and effectiveness have been confirmed in tests. The project also resulted in a method of differentiating vaccinated animals from infected animals, which is very important for animals’ recovery and for declaring the safety of slaughterhouse pigs. This process of differentiating infected and vaccinated pigs has been patented and is usable in both veterinary and human vaccinology.
3rd place: DEVELOPMENT OF NEW, ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE CROP-PROTECTION AGENTS
Výzkumný ústav rostlinné výroby v.v.i.
AGRO CS a.s.
The most important result of this project is replacement of certain crop-protection agents that have a demonstrably negative impact on the environment and on human health. Use of biologically active agents of the defence mechanism of crops – i.e. development of botanical pesticides – is currently considered to be one of the possible alternatives for resolving this problem. Such products are partially replacing the unsafe application of crop-protection agents to the soil.
Based on a utility model and the subsequently awarded patent no. 305896, two products were developed on a natural basis: fertiliser sticks for increasing flower budding, which increases the number of flowers and fruits by up to 20%, and anti-pest fertiliser sticks containing agents with strong insecticide effects, but which are completely harmless to humans.
The third significant result of the project is a liquid agent for suppressing the occurrence of sciara fly larvae, which adds nutients to the soil and also contains essential oils that eliminate the causes of dieseases and pests.
Thanks to the successful application of the research results on the market, the use of existing crop-protection agents has been reduced among the highest-risk target groups – minor consumers and gardeners.
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