Innovation Skåne

Easier to discover alcohol abuse

Knowledge of patients’ health over time can lead to better care. Therefore, Anders Andersson and Anders Isaksson have developed a new idea to identify alcohol abuse over time, in cooperation with Innovation Skåne. The opportunities have existed before, but new methods can make the analyses simpler and more accessible.

In 1983 the so-called PEth molecules were discovered, which are only formed in connection with alcohol consumption. This means that researchers were able to develop methods of analysis for the detection of regular alcohol consumption. With the analyses it is now easier to detect alcohol-related causes of patients’ symptoms and illnesses in health care.

– Since PEth was introduced into health care, the number of analyses has increased by 20 to 30 per cent a year in Skåne alone. This means that health care professionals are increasingly gaining access to more objective knowledge of the patient and are thus in a better position to understand the symptoms and initiate the correct treatment sooner, says Anders Isaksson, who is Associate Doctor at Labmedicin Skåne.

An inspiring collaboration

Good ideas often come about in good company. When the PEth molecule was discovered chemical analyst Anders Andersson was already working with Anders Isaksson at Labmedicin Skåne in Lund. They became interested in PEth at an early stage, but it would take about 20 years after the molecules were discovered before they jointly began developing methods of analysis. At that point, they had long enjoyed a good climate of cooperation for hatching ideas in dialogue form, says Anders Andersson.

– It’s important to have someone to bounce your ideas off.

New methods of analysis are emerging

Together Anders and Anders started to develop methods that simplified the management of the PEth analyses. The idea was to find more effective methods that could be made available to more laboratories. This in turn can lead to less suffering for patients, more efficient care and reduced costs for society.

–We had an idea of what we wanted to do, but it required more time and money to move forward, says Anders Andersson.

Together with Innovation Skåne

When Anders and Anders got in touch with Innovation Skåne and spoke about their ideas, a collaboration was soon under way.

– It was amazing. We quickly received assistance. Our place was the lab. It is what we do best and it is where we thrive. In the patent area, however, we were novices, says Anders Andersson.

Innovation Skåne has also been able to provide assistance in the development work.

– In order to develop our methods, we needed certain custom-made substances, but neither of us are organic chemists. We received help from Innovation Skåne on that part, says Anders Isaksson.

In cooperation with Innovation Skåne, they have currently developed and applied for several patents e.g. for improved methods of analysis for identifying dangerous alcohol consumption.

The future

Redhot Diagnostics has bought the rights to the patent. The goal is to develop the methods and quickly produce a product that can be used primarily in health care, but possibly also in other areas.

– It is great that it is now being developed and disseminated so that it will be of benefit to others, says Anders Isaksson.

Information

E-mail:

david.wensbo@innovationskane.com

Tel:

+46 707 494 919

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Contact person:

Innovation Manager, David Wensbo

– It was amazing. We quickly received assistance.