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PolyU start-up in antibiotic drug discovery excels at Falling Walls Venture 2023

22 Aug 2023


Ynno Med Limited, a drug research start-up company of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and co-founded by Dr Cong MA, Associate Professor of Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, has been honoured as one of the 25 Winners out of 113 finalists of Falling Walls Venture 2023. Congratulations to Dr MA and his start-up for the great achievement.

Ynno Med focuses on the discovery and development of first-in-class antimicrobial drugs using the in-house developed AI-assisted technology, striving to combat the ever-present situation of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. 

“Being the only winner from Hong Kong for this Science Start-ups award, we consider this is an encouragement and recognition of Hong Kong’s prowess on the international platform. Through this opportunity, we aim to demonstrate our dedication to knowledge transfer from the university and make impactful contribution to the society.”, said by Dr MA.

Dr MA is dedicated to medicinal chemistry and drug discovery. He leads a team to design and discover a series of first-in-class antimicrobial agents targeting protein-protein interactions in bacterial transcription. 

On 7 November at the 2023 Falling Walls Science Summit in Berlin, Dr MA and his team will pitch their projects for the main title of the Science Breakthrough of the Year 2023 in the category Science Start-Ups.

Wish Dr MA a great success at the Falling Walls Science Summit in Berlin!


About Falling Walls Venture

Falling Walls Venture is a global platform to showcase the entrepreneurial potential in science. The format provides a stage for pioneering science-based start-ups who have successfully turned science into business, proving how entrepreneurial solutions can help solve today’s most pressing challenges.

The winning topics in the category Science Start-Ups (Falling Walls Venture) included AI-powered precision diagnostics, AI technologies for sustainable crop protection, antibiotics against multi-drug resistant bacteria, novel one-blood-drop cancer tests, sustainable concrete production, sustainable electricity, robotic whole-arm exoskeleton for people with arm motor impairment and robotic surgery.

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