”After years of research we suddenly realised how to combine our findings. It was a eureka moment.”
The Amferia story:
Amferia was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, when three PhD researchers who had been collaborating for five years, had the idea to combine their findings. After several conversations among themselves, in 2016 Amferia founders Saba Atefyekta, Anand Kumar Rajasehkaran and Martin Andersson, conceived a new class of antimicrobial material while working at Chalmers University of Technology .
The approach was to utilise antimicrobial peptides—a potent antimicrobial molecule that Saba Atefyekta was investigating for biomaterial applications — in combination with a new amphiphilic hydrogel developed by Anand Rajasekharan for his PhD research on synthetic bone.
Within the first two weeks, we noted that the idea was sound and worked perfectly, which is a rarity in science”
During a conference visit to Montreal in May 2016, Saba, Anand and Martin dove deeper into discussions and realized their combined research had uncovered potential for real-world biomedical applications. ”After all these years of research we suddenly realised how to combine our findings. It was a eureka moment.”
Excited by their discoveries, Saba and Anand returned to the lab and initiated the first trial runs, synthesizing the material and testing it on bacteria.“Within the first two weeks,we noted that the idea was sound and worked perfectly, which is a rarity in science.”
After months of trials and more trials focused on optimizing the commercial viability of the product, the founders knew their idea had life beyond the lab and science publications. They knew they could develop a new, innovative product to target and kill bacteria in medical applications.
The team immediately reached out to the innovation arm of Chalmers University and filed for a patent. Then they engaged in intense market research, while continuing further experiments on resistant bacteria.
By late 2017, the first patent was filed, the hydrogel had been proven to kill bacteria — including numerous resistant bacteria — and was safely used in biological environments without toxicity. Most importantly, the founders agreed their first product using the new technology should address wound care.
By late 2017, the first patent was filed, the material proven to kill bacteria including numerous resistant bacteria
With further support from Chalmers innovation Office and a seed funding from Chalmers Ventures, Amferia was officially incorporated in September 2018. Both Anand and Saba, completed their PhDs and jumped on board to continue their full-time journey, translating fundamental research into new products for human and animal health.
Today Amferia is a talented team of seven, with dedicated personnel for business development, sales, clinical development, product development and production.
Protected by strong patents granted in Europe and the U.S.
Amferia’s innovation is protected by three strong patent families. The basic patent is already in force in the U.S. and Europe, and pending in several other countries. Ongoing R&D continues to generate new patent applications.
Currently, strong patent protection extends over Amferia’s core technology and key intellectual property, creating the potential for rapid and robust growth into human and animal health care. Because the patents extend to both the U.S. and Europe, Amferia is poised to enter partnerships that enable market leadership well into the future.
Amferia's patent families
— Antimicrobial hydrogel technology (Application nr. 17512773) was filed in 6 countries and granted in 2022 in Europe and the US, pending in the remaining countries with expected outcome in late 2022. The patent is the foundation of Amferia's innovation and claims a new amphiphilic antimicrobial material, a device comprising the antimicrobial material and a method to produce the same.
— Mesoporous elastomer technology is Amferia's second patent family that claims a tough and nanostructured elastomeric material for various medical device applications.
— Utilizing antimicrobial technology in spray form was filed in 2020 and is currently granted in Sweden (1951495-9) and expected to be granted in other countries by early 2023. Utilizing the Amferia antimicrobial technology in spray form that can be applied to deeper wounds, bleeding wounds and surfaces for rapid disinfection.
Anand Rajasekharan, PhD, CEO & Co-founder. Anand holds a PhD in Materials Science from Chalmers University of Technology and is one of the inventors of the material platform serving Amferia’s healthcare technology.
Saba Atefyekta, PhD, Sales Director & Co-founder.Co- inventor behind Amferia’s technology. Holds a PhD in Materials Science from Chalmers University and her thesis describes the antimicrobial platform of Amferia’s technology. Today, she leads business development in human and animal health.
Martin Andersson, PhD, R&D Director & Co-founder. Fifteen years’ experience in biomedical research with 100 scientific publications. He has previously started a med-tech company for bone implants with successful implementation of products into the market. Professor, Materials Science at Chalmers University.
Daniel Hagberg, PhD, CTO. Ten years experience in product development and manufacturing from the speciality chemicals and healthcare industry. PhD in Materials Science from Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Rojan Modaresi, DVM, PhD, Product Manager, Animal Health. Responsible for Amferia’s wound products for animal care and works at the interface between product development and customer interaction at veterinary clinics across Europe. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and PhD in microbiology from Urmia University, Iran.
Annija Stepulane, MSc., Research Engineer. Responsible for material testing and biological evaluation of pipeline products. MSc. in Materials Chemistry from Chalmers University.
Edvin Blomstrand, MSc., Lic., Research Engineer. Responsible for the product design and device optimization for wound care applications. Skilled in material design, antimicrobial testing and cell-material assessment. Licentiate of Engineering from Chalmers University.
Stefan Adolfsson,Sales, USA. Amferia's representative for sales and business development for the US market. Stefan comes from over 20 years working in leadership positions in manufacturing and sales from healthcare and material engineering industry.
Board of Directors
Agneta Edberg, Chair. Previously Nordic Senior VP of Mylan, COO Bactiguard, Marketing Director at Pharmacia, Pfizer and CEO NM Pharma and several life science board assignments
Björn Engström. Previously Co-founder and Copywriter at Forsman & Bodenfors, several board assignments in scale-up companies and experienced in life-science marketing
Saba Atefyekta, PhD, Co-founder. PhD in Materials Science from Chalmers University and co-inventor of Amferia Technology
Martin Andersson, PhD, Co-founder. Professor in Materials Science at Chalmers University and co-inventor of Amferia Technology. Co-founder of Promimic AB, an bone-implant scale-up.
Louise Warme, MD. Previously Investment Manager at Almi Invest and Medical Doctor. Co-founded LARA Diagnostics
Amferia presents at Brilliant Minds conference 2019, Stockholm
June 15, 2019
Amferia was honoured to pitch as one of the ‘Next Brilliant in Tech‘ at Brilliant Minds 2019 held at Stockholm between 13-15 June. With esteemed guests like President Barack Obama, Secretary John Kerry, Greta Thunberg, the conference was an enlightening and inspiring event with much hope for the future.
The Recent UN Report on Antibiotic Resistance
May 3, 2019
The United Nations appointed Interagency Coordination Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (IACG) has presented its report on Recommendations to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). It is clear from the report that AMR is a global and complex threat that needs to be addressed with extreme urgency and with care. Consistent, coordinated and conscious actions are demanded, especially from the World Goverments, Academia, Public, Healthcare-Industry and Agriculture. A world where bacterial infections cannot be fought efficiently is a world of perils.
Here is an excerpt from the IACG report.
“The challenges of antimicrobial resistance are complex and multifaceted, but they are not insurmountable. Implementation of the recommendations in this report will help to save millions of lives, preserve antimicrobials for generations to come and secure the future from drug-resistant diseases.