Medinnova's Idea Prize to Magnar Bjørås and co-workers
Every year Medinnova distributes its Idea prize to the best idea with commercial potential originating from employees belonging to the Norwegian Health Region South-East (Helse Sør-Øst). This years prize - amounting to NOK 250.000 - goes to four researchers from the Institute of Microbiology: Magnar Bjørås, James Booth, Knut Ivan Kristiansen og Ragnhild. They receive the award for their work on the development of a new antibiotic against resistant bacteria.
The prize was distributed during the Rikshospitalet staff meeting Friday 20th of November.
The treatment developed by the prize winners is based on a new bactericidal molecule that is extremely potent. The researchers have demonstrated that this molecule reinforces the effect of normal antibiotics a 1000-fold. The way in which the new molecules exerts its effect is completely unique, and different from known antibiotics, which is of course favourable in the treatment of resistant bacteria.
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