The current COVID-19 pandemic has argued for the importance of protection against respiratory infections. Health authorities worldwide have therefore urged people not to forget influenza vaccination. Most of the currently available flu vaccines are delivered by injection. However, there are certain advantages for mucosal vaccination instead of parenteral injection from both a mucosal immunological mechanism perspective and a practical perspective. The only few nasal flu vaccine products available are based on the use of live attenuated virus or formulations that are not suitable for people who are immune compromised including small children and elderly people. To fill this gap and to reliably change flu shot to flu spray, our group at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University is trying to develop a novel flu vaccine formulation which can be delivered conveniently by nasal spray. We have identified a unique molecule for augmenting the nasal immune responses facilitating the vaccination efficiency. This strategy has been rigorously tested in animal models and this formulation is predicted to be safe.
Background and Objectives
Modelled after the US National Science Foundation I-Corps programme, PolyU Lean LaunchPad Programme (the “Programme”) is a 10-week, evidence-based entrepreneurship development programme targeting the University’s researchers and research teams to search for potential market and application of their technologies.
With the guidance of industry advisors and mentors, the participating teams will conduct extensive market research with stakeholders to gain necessary business knowledge and real market insights, as well as to discover the ways to commercialize their research technologies through this experiential learning programme.
Programme Features and Benefits
First in Hong Kong
First-ever Lean Launchpad programme in Hong Kong targeting for university researchers and research students
10-week Evidence-based Entrepreneurship Development Programme
An experiential learning journey with the direct market insights in the commercial world to guide participating research teams to commercialize their research technologies
Industry Connection and Insights
Guidance and mentorship support from industry advisors, experienced mentors and entrepreneurs
Acceleration of Research to Market
Formulation and validation of commercialization pathway by using different analytical tool - Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Canvas, etc.
Grant of HK$40,000 to each qualified participating team for their prototyping and other expenses throughout the Programme
Access to PolyU InnoHub Resources
Access to resources under PolyU InnoHub Hong Kong and Shenzhen (co-working space, startup consultation, etc.)
Opportunity for Overseas Exhibition
Further considered for showcasing the project in overseas exhibition such as International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva
Online Learning Mode via ZOOM
*There may be 2 tracks which one will be on every Monday evening and another one will be on every Tuesday evening.
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