Updated on 28 December 2012
BIOTEC's Tuberculosis DNA-dipstick test kit won the gold medal at the Seoul International Invention Fair 2012
Singapore: A tuberculosis test kit and a bioremediation agent from Thailand won the gold prize and semi-grand prize, respectively, at the Seoul International Invention Fair 2012. Both inventions are the collaborative work between BIOTEC and partner institutes.
DNA-dipstick test kit for diagnosis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis was developed by the faculty of medicine at Srinakharinwirot University in collaboration with Ms Wansika Kiatpathomchai and colleagues at Center of Excellence for Shrimp Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, BIOTEC.
The detection device, a combination of loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) technique and lateral flow dipsticks, is designed for rapid diagnosis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis with high sensitivity and specificity. It can be used as an alternative to traditional method which takes a longer detection time and requires expensive equipment and imported reagents.
Bioremediation agent KEEEN is a commercial product of Grimm Environmental and Research. It originated from a joint research between Hi-Grimm Environmental and Research and BIOTEC and is designed to screen for oil-degrading bacteria to develop into a commercial bioremediation product.
Leading BIOTEC research team on this project was Dr Somkiet Techkarnjanaruk. KEEEN offers a variety of products targeting at various industries such as petrochemical industry, automobile industry, food industry, hotels and hospitals. They can be applied to various types of services such as wastewater and sanitary treatment, oil spill response and cleanup, site contaminated and remediation service and oil storage tank degassing and cleaning.