BIOTEC/NSTDA licenses the technology to manufacture the microtube gel test kit

On 7 October 2008, the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) held an MOU signing ceremony on Technology Licensing Agreement of the microtube gel test kit with Khon Kaen University and Innov (Thailand) Co., Ltd.  Microtube gel test kit is used in a broad range of blood bank applications, including antibody screening and identification of blood grouping for instance.  The prototype of this kit was developed by a research team at Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University led by Assoc. Prof. Amornrat Romphruk, with a research grant provided by BIOTEC in 2004.  The prototype has been successfully tested at Srinagarind Hospital in Khon Kaen and is now ready for commercialization to help offset the cost of imported products costing 1.7 – 2.0 Million Baht per 100,000 samplings. The test kit has been licensed to Innov (Thailand) Co., Ltd. for local commercialization and is expected to go on sale in neighboring countries.

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The sample of microtube gel test kit
 

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MOU Signing Ceremony (from left to right): Assoc. Prof. Kittichai Triratanasirichai, Vice President for Research & Technology Transfer Affairs, Khon Kaen University; Prof. Chachanat Thebtaranonth, NSTDA Vice President and Director of Technology Management Center (TMC); Dr. Kanyawim Kirikara, Director of BIOTEC and Mr. Noppadol Punpanich, Managing Director of Innov (Thailand) Co., Ltd. 
 
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Posted on 8 October 2008.

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