Prof. Anne Ladegaard Skov

Four DTU projects receive InnoExplorer Grant

Thursday 07 Nov 19


Michael Persson
Programme Manager, DTU Enable
+45 60 54 40 31

Granted DTU Projects

ImmPACT - Precision Activated Cell Therapy, 
Prof. Sine Reker Hadrup, DTU Health Technology

Glysious - Drug-releasing silicone adhesives, 
Prof. Anne Ladegaard Skov, DTU Chemical Engineering

ActiveCube - Active Substrate for Point-of-Load Power Converters, 
Postdoc Yasser Abouelhassan A Nour, DTU Electrical Engineering

Time Lens - Energy, bandwidth and cost efficient optical networks, 
Senior Researcher Pengyu Guan, DTU Fotonik

Four projects from DTU received InnoExplorer grant from Innovation Fund Denmark in late October. Common for the projects are huge commercial relevance and -potential. 

When Innovation Fund Denmark announced the InnoExplorer Grant recipients late October, it included four grants for DTU projects – landing DTU a success rate of 67 percent. In this round, the Foundation awarded 10 InnoExplorer grants in total to Danish universities and hospitals.

“We are very proud of our projects. From DTU Tech Transfer we also put a substantial effort into assisting and guiding the applicants,” says Programme manager Michael Persson from DTU Tech Transfer. Each project was awarded around DKK 1.5 million.


Glysious – drug-releasing silicone adhesives

Among the successful projects is Glysious – a spinout in the making from DTU Chemical Engineering. With Professor Anne Ladegaard Skov in the driver’s seat, they have developed a silicone band-aid which can release drugs to kill bacteria in wounds.

”We want to develop an effective product for treatment of wounds. We have created a silicone adhesive with glycerol domains embedded that release active substances while ensuring the right humidity level in the wound bed”, says Professor Anne Ladegaard Skov. This will ultimately result in faster healing and in parallel reduce the risk of bacteria resistance.

"We have created a silicone adhesive with glycerol domains embedded that release active substances while ensuring the right humidity level in the wound bed"
Professor Anne Ladegaard Skov

“Our material is highly breathable and can absorb significantly more water than commercially available adhesives”, says Professor Ladegaard Skov.

In fact, the glycerol-silicone adhesive is 3-4 times more permeable than regular silicone adhesives, which are considered state-of-the-art within the wound care field.

“We can wear these adhesives for several days without any discomfort due to their breathability”, she adds while showing an elegant and ultra-thin prototype – depicted in the photo. The blue food colour dispersed in the glycerol is a great way to simulate active substance release when the adhesive is put on skin.


The grant provides Ladegaard Skov and team an opportunity to accelerate the project to maturation with a product targeted the wound care market, and will allow for large scale production tests, active substance experiments and go-to-market assessments, to mention a few.


There is currently no drug-delivering silicone adhesive on the market. Glysious expects to commercialise the product directly after InnoExplorer, which has a duration of 1 year.

About InnoExplorer

InnoExplorer is a national programme for commercialisation of research results, presently at a pre-commercial stage, which need maturation to investigate the potential for commercial exploitation or societal benefit.

Innovation Fund Denmark operates the programme, which is available for all universities, hospitals and university colleges in Denmark. Grants are up to DKK 1.5 mill. (incl. 44% overhead) and the project duration is up to one year.

Learn more here