The Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS) and its strategic partners have been recognized with an award for outstanding research and innovation in addressing the new normal during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Anek Laothamatas presented the award to Dr. Sirasak Teparkum, Deputy CEO, TCELS on December 24, 2020.
The TCELS took the opportunity to thank the public and private organizations as well as its strategic partners for their support and collaboration. The center also applauded the Office of the Permanent Secretary, the Department of Science Service, the National Research Council of Thailand, the National Science and Technology Development Agency, the National Science Museum, the Office of National Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Policy Council, Chulalongkorn, Kasetsart and Ubon Ratchathani universities, and the Science and Technology Park of Chiang Mai University who also received the award.
The TCELS was recognized for its research into developing the following medical innovations to prevent, diagnose and treat Covid-19 infections:
This joint research project between the Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital of Mahidol University and TCELS in partnership with Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, and the Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology was supported by the National Research Council of Thailand and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation.
WIN-Masks are innovative nano-cotton masks that protect against COVID-19. They are made from anti-dust and anti-mite woven fabric with 4-5 microns of pore size and thus keep the wearer safe from dust mites and respiratory droplets.
Smart AI (Artificial Intelligence)
The TCELS teamed up with the R&D center of Phyathai Hospital Group-Paolo Hospital Group, Rajavithi Hospital, and the Center for Medical Genomics, Ramathibodi Hospital with support from Advanced Info Services, Mellow Innovation and JLK Inspection Korea to develop AI-based chest X-ray diagnostics to detect COVID-19 pneumonia.
Fah Talai Jone cream
The TCELS partnered with the cosmetics and natural products research center, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Naresuan University to develop Fah Talai Jone (Andrographis Paniculata) cream. Extracts from the Fah Talai Jone medicinal plant have proven effective with 99.99% antimicrobial activity and could provide an alternative for those allergic to alcohol gels.