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INTRO

The Institute of Biotechnology of the Czech Academy of Science is engaged in leading-edge fundamental research in the molecular-biological sciences and its applications in human medicine as well as other areas of human activity. Research is conducted under two research programme streams – the first being the Development of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures. Its aim is to clarify the molecular mechanisms of severe diseases, develop procedures for prevention, prepare new methods for their monitoring and diagnostics and develop tools for the molecular therapy of the accompanying pathological conditions. The second programme – Structural Biology and Protein Engineering is dedicated to researching biomolecules, proteins and nucleic acids. Understanding their structures and interactions will enable their modification and subsequent use in diagnostics, medicines or other materials.

SUCCESS STORIES

During its relatively short existence the Biotechnology Institute has achieved remarkable results. Because today’s science is very closely bound up with the practical application of research findings, the Institute cooperates with numerous universities, research institutes and private companies nationwide and abroad. Among the outcomes are a whole range of antibodies, detecting sperm quality finding application in assisted reproduction. Cooperation with the makers of veterinary drugs has brought the successful development of new diagnostic procedures and vaccines. One great success arising out of longterm cooperation with a Czech investor was to commence the first stage of clinical trials of an anti-cancer substance called MitoTam, which it is hoped will significantly suppress breast cancer and act against other cancers.

FOR THE PUBLIC

Adress: www.ibt.cas.cz