Umeå spin-off gets investment to stop blood doping
More blood cells, more oxygen, and more power
When the muscles of our bodies work, they need oxygen, which is supplied to them by the blood. An increased capacity to transport oxygen is cardinal for endurance sports like skiing, running, cycling and also soccer. Athletes can, by cheating, increase the amount of oxygen transporting red blood cells and thus enhance their performance. This can be accomplished by using a hormone (erythropoietin, EPO) or by first removing and later re-introducing the athletes own stored blood (autologous blood doping).
A test that recognizes a changing fingerprint
Pro Test Diagnostics’ blood doping test is based on Christer Malm’s unique research from Umeå University. The test is built on the observation that the molecular fingerprint of the blood changes during storage, and the test can detect these changes. In scientific studies the test has had a very high accuracy. One thing that remains is to confirm it in larger test groups.
The investment is important, among other things it has ensured that we will have access to our analysis equipment, a mass spectrophotometer. This means that a major bottleneck has been removed, and we can work our way through the number of samples necessary, in order to be absolutely certain of the tests accuracy, says Christer Malm CEO Pro Test Diagnostics.
Pro Test Diagnostics exemplifies that Umeå University is a fertile ground for spin-off companies. Pro Test Diagnostics’ blood doping test confirms this. We on Fort Knox Förvaring are proud of contributing to keeping the sports world clean, says Markus Olsson , CEO Fort Knox Förvaring AB.
Text: Karin Borge Renberg
Photo: Emil Byström
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