in Love with his native island of Reunion, Anne Laure, 36 years, returned a few years ago after it was formed at the university of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris. On its land, among the 16 000 species of plants in the national park , she has found the ambaville, a extraordinary plant that until now was mostly known as “tisaneurs” premises prescribed in the form of infusions to treat skin problems or digestion.

In his laboratory at the Cyclotron Réunion Indian Ocean (CYROI), the nursery biotech of the Technopole of Saint-Denis, Anne Laure Morel has revived this remedy of grand-mother to her account for use much more scientific. It has thus set its eyes of a chemist of the materials on this plant that concentrates a lot of antioxidant molecules. And uses it as a bio-reductant contributing to the production of gold nanoparticles.

these can then be injected into a tumor, which will then be irradiated by radiation infra-red. The heat destroys the cancer cells without harming the rest of the body. The treatment is targeted, as opposed to a chemotherapy. This innovation is currently in testing on mice,

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His ambition is to find an alternative to current treatments. That is why, she has created a 2015 startup Torskal, a flagship local in the field of nano-medicine.

This pioneer has attracted many partner scientists. She collaborates with the laboratory of the Paris 13 University, but also with researchers in Germany, China, and India soon.

Awarded in 2017 in the framework of the French Tech Tour in India, Torskal signed a few months ago a partnership with the military hospital in Chongqing in China to deploy a bank of phototherapy and achieve the clinical trials regulations.

IF all goes well, the tests on humans will start within three years and the first molecules to be commercialized within ten years.

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