Nanion Technologies Announces the Winners of the SURFE²R Grant Award – a Platform for Membrane Transporter Research and Screening

Nanion today announced two winners of the SURFE²R N1 grant award. Dr. Camilo Perez and Dr. Dimitrios Fotiadis convinced the grant committee with their proposed research projects

The SURFE²R (surface electrogenic event reader) technology allows the investigation of electrogenic transporters (symporters, exchangers and uniporters) and pumps. The SURFE²R N1 instrument is an All-in-one device, including liquid handling, electrophysiology hardware and computer. It allows automated recordings with up to 52 different solutions per run and 150 data points per day
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Transporter proteins are gaining increasing interest in academic science and as therapeutic targets. Nanion’s two platforms, SURFE²R N1 and SURFE²E 96SE facilitate functional assays of electrogenic transport to elucidate kinetics, pharmacology, and other parameters of membrane transport activity.

Earlier this year, Nanion announced the SURFE²R N1 grant, which gave applicants the chance to acquire a SURFE²R N1 instrument in the laboratory for a 6-month period, including assay support and consumables. After evaluation of the rather extensive number and variety of applications, the SURFE²R N1 grant evaluation committee has come to a decision.

Dr. Maria Barthmes, SURFE²R Product Manager and chair of the SURFE²R grant evaluation committee says: “The amount and quality of the applications we have received made our job very difficult, albeit very interesting because of the various areas of transporter research presented to us. Even after long and thoughtful deliberation, it has been impossible for us to decide on one single winner of the SURFE²R N1 grant.“

The committee has therefore decided to grant two applicants the use of the SURFE²R N1 platform for a six-month-period of time. Additionally, two high risk projects are being evaluated internally, and the decision has been postponed until the outcome of these tests are known.

The SURFE²R N1 winners of 2019 are:

Prof. Dr. Camilo Perez
Biozentrum (The Center for Molecular Life Sciences), University of Basel, Switzerland
Title of the project: “Novel cell wall synthesis blockers: characterization of inhibitory nanobodies by SSM-based electrophysiology

Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Fotiadis
Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland
Title of the project: “Electrogenic transporters from the solute carrier (SLC) families 7, 15 and 16: From function to deorphanization

We congratulate the winners and are looking forward to seeing exciting results in the coming year.
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