BIOCEV – BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOMEDICINE CENTER OF THE CAS AND CHARLES UNIVERSITY IN VESTEC
In the Czech and European scientific context, BIOCEV represents the apex comprehensive platform for developing modern biotechnology and biomedicine. Establishing this centre has enabled interconnecting domains in the technical and natural sciences, such as virology or chemistry that are strong in their own right. The BIOCEV research groups focus on detailed discoveries about organisms at the molecular level. Their findings are geared towards applied research and the development of new therapies to counter serious medical conditions. Research achievements of work done at BIOCEV include medicines targeted to the precise site of injury in the body as well as protein and tissue engineering.
An agent that completely neutralized cancer cells in one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer. New antibiotics against streptococcus and staphylococcus infections. A unique vaccine for the treatment of infectious diseases. The first ever documentation of how the tooth develops, potentially useful in the fight against cancer. Another example is the revolutionary discovery of an organism entirely lacking mitochondria, known as the ‘cellular power plants’. These are just some of the achievements of the scientific teams from the BIOCEV centre. Among other things, they are engaged in developing more resilient vaccines for farm animals, but also food-quality research from the standpoint of epigenetics – changes in gene expression driven by many factors (diet, lifestyle, etc.).
FOR THE PUBLIC
- Open days as part of Science and Technology week of the CAS
- Excursions – for nursery, elementary & secondary schools and the public
- Scientists into Schools scheme – sending out chemists and biologists
- Student internships