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First prize for Scientist

NORWAY - Fiskeriforskning Senior Scientist Madjid Delghandi has been awarded first prize for best research-based commercial idea. He won the award for his idea about "cod genes on data chips".

TTO Nord presented the award to Mr Delghandi (pictured) during the National Science Week (Forskningsdagene). Technology Transfer Office (TTO) works actively to search relevant research milieus for ideas and inventions with commercial potential. TTO Nord is jointly owned by the University of Tromsø, the University Hospital of North Norway and the Norut Group.

Genes on data chips
Small variations in cod genes determine differences in how fast it grows and how resistant it is to diseases and deformities. Traditional analyses of these variations are both time-consuming and expensive.

The idea is to develop a data chip which show the variations in the fish's genetic material, which will enable the analysis of several thousand variations simultaneously. Analyses which today take up to six months will be possible in just one week.

The developers now want to commercialise the idea and are currently in exploratory talks with the view to establishing an enterprise which will offer a large-scale analysis concept for the genetic identification of cod.

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