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The FDCT organizes a meeting on the final report of research projects against COVID-19

MACAU, March 29 –

FDCT Holds a Meeting on the final report of research projects against COVID-19

In order to align with the proactive prevention policy against COVID-19 adopted by the Macao SAR government, the Science and Technology Development Fund (hereinafter referred to as the FDCT) has requested scientific research to deal with COVID-19 with local higher education institutions, science and technology companies and other institutions from the beginning of February 2020. Various institutions wished to apply, with a total of 74 project applications received, of which 26 were finally approved. The projects mainly focus on the research of rapid detection and diagnostic technologies; the research and development of effective Chinese and Western medicines; the application of information technology to the detection of body temperature; disinfection robots; infectious disease prevention and control measures, etc. It is hoped that through the research and development of anti-epidemic scientific research projects, enterprises, universities and other institutions will be encouraged to actively develop anti-epidemic application products.

With the aim of promoting the application of scientific research results and reporting the research results of the project to the public, the FDCT will organize the “Project Final Report Meeting on Scientific Research Projects to Cope with COVID -19” at 3:00 p.m. on March 29, 2022 in the Macao Science Center Conference Hall. Representatives of relevant government departments, local higher education institutions, science and technology enterprises, science and technology associations, and members of the public were invited to the meeting and briefed on the research results and completion details of the 5 scientific research projects to deal with COVID-19. The project results were reported by the scientific research teams of University of Macau (UM), Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Macau Nanometals Technology Co., Ltd respectively and demonstrations of products were also made at the meeting.

Results of 5 scientific research projects for to deal with COVID-19[female[feminine

  1. The “intelligent robot for anti-epidemic medical care” developed by Professor Xu Qingsong’s team from the University of Macao (UM) through mobile robots and artificial intelligence technology has achieved the human- machine, obstacle avoidance functions, various disinfection modes, as well as fast and steady full disinfection and other technological innovations through multi-machine cooperation. The disinfection robots have been provided free of charge to various government departments, including the Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM), and used at trial sites such as Kiang Wu Hospital and hotels. At present, many companies intend to achieve the implementation and mass production of disinfection robots, which will help facilitate the industrialization level of Macao and the Guangdong Greater Bay Area. -Hong Kong-Macao in related fields. In addition, the project has also granted 1 patent in China and received 6 awards, including 3 international and 3 municipal.

II. Mr. Lei Zhen’s team from Macau Nanometals Technology Co., Ltd developed nano-silver disinfection products under the project “Preparation and Industrialization of Nano-based Antibacterial Disinfection Sludge and Film -silver”, which can effectively inhibit more than 650 types of single-celled organisms such as Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli, and kill viruses and bacteria that adhere to their surfaces. The products are effective in inhibiting and killing influenza A virus H1N1 subtype and human coronaviruses. The sterilization effect of the antiviral film is still over 99.9% after being soaked in water for 30 days and rubbed violently for 2,000 times. The products have been tested and proven to be safe, non-irritating and durable, and also received the Zhuhai Scientific and Technological Anti-epidemic Efforts Pioneer Award.

III. The “key techniques for diagnosing novel coronavirus infection SARS-CoV-2 based on artificial intelligence” were developed by Professor Zhang Kang’s team from Macao University of Science and Technology (MUST), which uses machine deep learning to analyze more than 530,000 CT images for the first time to develop the diagnostic system. The techniques can also provide diagnostic results with an accuracy rate of over 90% in just 20 seconds and predict severe and critical cases of COVID-19. The results were not only published in the world’s top magazine Cell, but also applied to nearly 20 hospitals in Macao, Guangzhou, Wuhan and other cities. In addition, they have been deployed in Europe, the United States, South Korea, Brazil, Ecuador and other countries and regions through the cloud platform to help in the global fight against the epidemic.

IV. Professor Ma Wenzhe’s team from Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST), through the project of “Development and Application of Point-of-Care Testing Reagent of COVID-19 Virus”, has developed test kits for test reagents that achieve virus integration, sample collection and inactivation, and nucleic acid extraction, effectively eliminating potential “cover opening” infection risks for medical personnel performing tests NAT and environmental nucleic acid contamination of samples. The test reagent kits are combined with the portable point-of-care COVID-19 virus test instrument produced by cooperation partner Beijing OriginGene-tech Biotechnology Co., Ltd., which reduces the requirements for medical workers performing NAT testing and break through the limitation that NAT test needs to be performed in the lab and can be applied in various scenarios. The kits have obtained EU CE certification and are currently being tested in many countries in Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

V. The “Digital microfluidic chip for rapid detection of coronaviruses” project by Professor Mak Pui In of UM was jointly developed with Digifluidic Biotech Ltd. Based on digital microfluidic technology and simultaneous amplification and assay technology for nucleic acid detection, the project enables simultaneous detection of two sets of COVID-19 genes on one chip, and results can be obtained as early as 20 minutes. after collection of the virus sample. The chip system has the advantages of being portable, fast and easy to use.

Due to the epidemic situation, the report meeting will be held simultaneously online and offline in strict accordance with various epidemic prevention measures and guidelines for controlling the number of people in activities to ensure that relevant information is made available to the public. During the meeting, each project team responded to questions raised by participants and deepened their understanding of the development of funded projects and the progress of phased research. For more details on the content of the reported projects, please visit the FDCT website (http://www.fdct.gov.mo). If you have any questions, please call 28788777 or email [email protected] for any inquiries.