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MIRACLE the platform for virtual biopsies; introducing Metabolic MRI-as-a-Service for oncologic care

Objective

Imagine a future where the limitless possibilities of virtual biopsies in cancer diagnostics can be explored. A future in which cancer patients would have access to MRI enabled virtual biopsies in order to receive the best possible treatment decisions anywhere on the globe. MIRACLE is developing a first-of-kind add-on device for MRI scanners that will be used to acquire a virtual biopsy of the tumor providing not only structural information on tumor dimensions for (tissue conserving) surgery, but also unique metabolic information on the efficacy of specific systemic therapies. Ultimately, this fully non-invasive, accurate and rapid predictive approach can guide patients to the best fitting treatment plan given their personal circumstances and tumor characteristics.
WaveTronica (WT) together with the University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU), German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) and Medical University of Lublin (UMLUB) aim to build this future by bringing the first Metabolic MRI-as-a-Service solution to the market. Past projects and research led to the development of a Proof-of-Concept MRI coil capable of detecting metabolic biomarkers non-invasively using the strongest clinically available MRI system, as demonstrated in FET- OPEN-01-2016-2017-801075 - the Non-Invasive-Chemistry-Imaging (NICI) and FET-OPEN-03-2018-2019-2020 - FET Innovation Launchpad - MIRACLE. The MRI coil is a plug-and-play add on for existing MRI machines resulting in an accessible and affordable virtual biopsy tool that can identify cancer biomarkers and tumor activity without shedding a drop of patient blood. This project converts a complex research tool into an accessible diagnostic service (Metabolic MRI-as-a-Service). MIRACLE is supported by the Dutch reimbursement company VGZ, Tesla DC, and oncologists showing there is a strong market demand. Now the challenge lies in bringing the breast coil PoC hardware and software to the next level using breast cancer as a use case.

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WAVETRONICA BV
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€ 1 122 312,00
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Padualaan 8 Room Z109
3584 CH Utrecht
Netherlands

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West-Nederland Utrecht Utrecht
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,50

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DEUTSCHES KREBSFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM HEIDELBERG
Germany
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€ 317 092,00
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Im Neuenheimer Feld 280
69120 Heidelberg

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Baden-Württemberg Karlsruhe Heidelberg, Stadtkreis
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,50
UNIWERSYTET MEDYCZNY W LUBLINIE
Poland
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€ 303 452,00
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Al Raclawickie 1
20 059 Lublin

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Makroregion wschodni Lubelskie Lubelski
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,50
UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM UTRECHT
Netherlands
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€ 752 271,00
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Heidelberglaan 100
3584 CX Utrecht

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West-Nederland Utrecht Utrecht
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 3 000,25