Hollós and PARKS won the Nordic Life Sciences Award
Patrik Hollós won the Nordic Life Sciences Award in academic class for the PARKS project. The prize was handed out during the NLSDays in Malmö, Sweden, in September.
Hollós is business champion for the Parkinson’s Biomarker test (PARKS) team, led by Professor Eleanor Coffey at Turku Bioscience, the research centre for biotechnology hosted jointly by University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. The other members of the team are Dani Flinkman, Ye Hong, Prasanna Deshpande, Veronica Fagerholm, and Peter James, and collaborator Valtteri Kaasinen.
The jury writes: ”This year’s prize in the academic class goes to Patrik Hollós of Åbo Akademi University / Spark Finland for his development of breakthrough technology for the early detection of Parkinson’s Disease. The research behind Hollós & team addresses a great medical need and has proven exciting, acknowledged even by the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Not only is there high commercial value, but the technology is likely to lower barriers to further investment in drug discovery for Parkinson’s, as well as bring long-lasting value to afflicted individuals and their families.”