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Increasing Value and Flow in the Marine Biodiscovery Pipeline

Objective

The PharmaSea project focuses on obstacles in marine biodiscovery research, development and commercialization and brings together a broad interdisciplinary team of academic and industry researchers and specialists to address and overcome these. The partners are ideally placed to demonstrate how to widen the bottlenecks and increase the flow of ideas and products derived from the marine microbiome towards a greater number of successes in a larger number of application areas. Despite the tremendous potential of marine biodiscovery, exploitation, particularly at a commercial scale, has been hampered by a number of constraints. These relate to access (physical and legal), genetics of the organisms, compound isolation, structure elucidation, early reliable validation of biological activity and best mechanisms of flow-through into exploitation. PharmaSea will solve these chronic bottlenecks by developing essential actions beyond the state of the art and linking them with best practice and appropriate pragmatic approaches. The robust pipeline structure established within PharmaSea will process a wide genetic basis including marine microbial strain collections held by partners and new strain collections from extreme environments (deep, cold and hot vent habitats) to produce new products with desirable characteristics for development by the SME partners in three accessible market sectors, health (infection, inflammation, CNS diseases), personal care and nutrition. The global aim of PharmaSea is to produce two compounds at larger scale and advance them to pre-clinical evaluation. To address relevant challenges in marine biodiscovery related to policy and legal issues, PharmaSea will bring together practitioners, legal experts, policy advisors/makers and other stakeholders, focusing on the feasibility of harmonising, aligning and complementing current legal frameworks with recommendations and ready to use solutions tailored to marine biodiscovery.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 149 815,20
Administrative Contact
Tine Heylen (Ms.)

Participants (24)

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 877 327,40
Address
King's College Regent Walk
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kerry Kidd (Ms.)
AQUAPHARM BIODISCOVERY LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Glenfinlas Street
EH3 6AQ Edinburgh
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrew Mearns Spragg (Prof.)
UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE - NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 785 926
Address
Hansine Hansens Veg 14
9019 Tromso
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jeanette Hammer Andersen (Dr.)
ECOAST
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 559 170
Address
Esplanade 1
8400 Oostende
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Vanagt (Dr.)
BIOBRIDGE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 140 958,80
Address
St. Barnabas Road 45
CB1 2BX Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Meredith Lloyd-Evans (Mr.)
FUNDACION CENTRO DE EXCELENCIA EN INVESTIGACION DE MEDICAMENTOS INNOVADORES EN ANDALUCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 857 553,20
Address
Avda Del Conocimiento 3
18100 Armilla Granada
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Diego Pozas (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 422 153,60
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David O Connell (Dr.)
BIOCOM AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 272 814,40
Address
Jacobsenweg 61
13509 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Boris Mannhardt (Dr.)
STAZIONE ZOOLOGICA ANTON DOHRN
Italy
EU contribution
€ 413 022,20
Address
Villa Comunale
80121 Napoli
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Giosuè Zurzolo (Dr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 433 266
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Donatella De Pascale (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 651 435
Address
Colexio De San Xerome Praza Do Obradoiro S/n
15782 Santiago De Compostela
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Cacheiro Martinez (Mr.)
THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 47 660
Address
Milton Road - Thomas Graham House - Science Park
CB4 0WF Cambridge
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Richard Kidd (Mr.)
C-LECTA GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 282 787
Address
Perlickstrasse 5
04103 Leipzig
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Heike Kutschke (Ms.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 446 212
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kristina Holdgaard-Sørensen (Ms.)
DEEP TEK LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 328 213
Address
Kilburns
DD6 8PL Newport On Tay
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Moya Crawford (Mrs.)
ADVANCED CHEMISTRY DEVELOPMENT UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 446 089,20
Address
New Street Square 5
EC4 3TW London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Partington (Mr.)
WUHAN UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 152 508
Address
Luojia Hill
430072 Wuhan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Zixin Deng (Prof.)
Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
China
EU contribution
€ 152 508
Address
West Beichen Road 1
100101 Beijing
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Shaofeng Li (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 152 508
Address
Robert Sobukwe Road
7535 Cape Town
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marla Tuffin (Prof.)
Instituto de Dinamica Celular y Biotecnologia
Chile
EU contribution
€ 152 508
Address
Calle Beauchef 850
8370448 Santiago
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Juan Asenjo (Prof.)
ASOCIACION INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE BIODIVERSIDAD
Costa Rica
EU contribution
€ 152 508
Address
400 M. Norte, 300 M. Oeste Del Cementerio
3100 Santo Domingo De Heredia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nora Martin (Ms.)
UNION INTERNATIONALE POUR LA CONSERVATION DE LA NATURE ET DE SES RESSOURCES
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 63 727
Address
Rue Mauverney 28
1196 Gland
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thomas Greiber (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF WAIKATO
New Zealand
Address
Hillcrest Road Block B
2020 Hamilton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jan Bates (Ms.)
SEALIFE PHARMA GMBH

Participation ended

Austria
EU contribution
€ 525 237
Address
Technopark 1 Geb B Eg
3430 Tulln
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alexander Pretsch (Dr.)