The finals of the 6th China International College Students’ “Internet+” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition was held on November 18th at South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China. The team from Monash University stood out from numerous competitors with their cutting-edge technology and won the Golden Prize in the competition.
The current treatments for high incidence haematological malignancies are not effective and tend to relapse. The team from Monash University has offered a key to cancer treatment. Dedicated to tumor immune-therapy research, it developed the innovative 4th generation of new CAR T/NK cells to treat malignant tumors. As the nation’s initiator of the 4th-generation new CAR-T clinical trial in 2018, the team has now completed preclinical safety verification, among which the complete remission rate for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, one of the most common haematological malignancies, is as high as 65%, which is at the international edge level. The optimized CAR-NK cells outperforms by virtue of wider range of source, a fatter chance to kill tumor cells with more targets and no host reflection, giving the advanced cancers an opportunity of rejuvenation. Equipped with the whole process research and development platform, the team has distinctive industrialization advantages in personalized treatment, quality control and application safety. Despite the limited time, the team systematically elaborated on the promising future of the new CAR T/NK cells, leaving a deep impression on the listeners.
This year’s competition, launched in June 2020, has attracted 6.31 million entrants from China and abroad. There are 1.47 million projects developed by teams from 4,186 universities and colleges in 117 countries and regions. Students from nearly half of the world's top 100 universities such as University of Oxford, Harvard University, Munich University of Technology, Moscow Baumann State Technical University, etc., signed up for this competition.
Some teams were not able to attend the finals on-site due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To solve this problem, the committee of the competition decided to introduce a new mode of competing. With the aid of internet, the finals proceeded in both on-site and online venues, enabling students from across the globe to compete and connect in the same arena, and thus presented a grand gathering of entrepreneurship and innovation for youth worldwide.