Address: Imego AB, Arvid Hedvalls Backe 4, Box 53071, SE-400 14 Gothenburg, Sweden
Web page: http://www.imego.com/
Contact person: Dr. Dag Ilver, Research Scientist, R&D, Bio- and Chemical Sensors, phone: +46 (0)31 750 18 37
Imego has been a part of Swedish ICT, which is owned by the Research Institutes of Sweden AB (RI.SE) and the industrial associations FAV and FMOF. The company has played an important player in the Swedish research institute system creating increased value based on innovation, in Sweden. Imego represents a unique source of expertise within sensor system development. Since its inception in 1999, Imego has not only strived to establish itself as a provider of qualified technological expertise – it has also developed effective working methods, sought to attract the brightest minds in the field.
Research connected to South Asia
In June 2009, Sweden and India decided to jointly support research in tuberculosis. The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA) and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, India, agreed to support top level research co-operation between Indian and Swedish scientists in the field of ”Biology, diagnosis and treatment of Tuberculosis”. The programme was one of the first bilateral co-operations, based on joint funding, between the two countries. Under this scheme, VINNOVA funds the Swedish research teams and DBT the Indian side. VINNOVA was committing around SEK 16 million to this program. More information on the Indo-Swedish collaboration project.
Four Indo-Swedish projects, out of a total of 15 proposals, were selected by DBT and VINNOVA and will receive funding for the period 2009–12. More information.
Dr. Dag Ilver at Imego AB was selected for a project entitled ”Doctors office diagnostic instrument for detection of M. tuberculosis under ”in the field” conditions adapted for use by unskilled personnel”.
The main collaboration partner on the Indian side was Dr. Vijay. K. Chaudhary (photo) working at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Delhi.
The project ran smoothly and well. A prototype was created, and in 2013 the new instrument, specially designed to detect TB from a minimum sample of bacteria, was supposed to be tested at hospitals in Delhi and Mumbai. The Swedish journalists Catharina Bergsten and Tomas Eriksson visited Dr. Chaudhury and his colleagues at University of Delhi in January 2012, and published an article entitled ”Skapar den perfekta antikroppen” on Research Institutes of Sweden AB’s web site. Read the article (in Swedish).