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DecoDerma selected among top startup companies in Scandinavia by Nordic Innovation Forum (NIF)

Published on 9.10.2022
Tampere University
DecoDerma is happy to announce that DecoDerma has been selected among the top startup companies in Scandinavia by the Nordic Innovation Forum (NIF). DecoDerma was presented an opportunity to present its business case for investors in the Nordic Innovation Forum (NIF) that took place in Copenhagen, Denmark in September 26 – 27, 2022.

The DecoDerma team is led by Professor & Chief Surgeon Tero Järvinen (MD, PhD) from Tampere University (Finland). The team is developing a life-saving drug for rare pediatric skin disease, epidermolysis bullosa. Their molecule is a recombinant, multi-functional fusion protein that has both a targeting peptide domain (tCRK peptide) for a delivery to normal skin and skin wounds and Decorin (DCN) anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic protein as an active therapeutic component.

Project team is targeting to create novel treatments for lethal skin diseases, but the molecule has other potential disease indications within derma-space; among them scar reduction after surgical procedure and suppression of tumor growth.

DecoDerma has carried out proof-of-concept studies successfully, received the orphan drug designation for their molecule in Europe and the company was selected as one of the most promising startup companies in Scandinavia by both the Nordic Innovation Fair and the Nordic Life Science days. DecoDerma is currently raising capital for moving the molecule to clinical trials in RDEB patients to address the unmet medical need.

More info can be found on our project website DecoDerma.