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Ocean Medicines

Objective

Marine organisms have the capacity to produce a variety of biologically potent natural products. Such novel molecules have new mechanisms of action and therefore could be used to treat human diseases and enhance the quality of life, especially in the ageing segment of the population. However, although there is growing interest in marine natural products (MNP) as potential therapeutic agents for human age-related diseases, few MNPs have reached clinical trials and the market. To fully exploit these promising biological resources, new strategies in the pipeline as well as a new cohort of cross-disciplinary trained scientists are needed to overcome existing bottlenecks and ensure the production of high value biomolecules.
Ocean Medicines is a network of academic, research centres and SMEs across Europe, with proven experience in higher education, training and endowed with state-of-the art scientific and technical expertise and infrastructures.
Our aim is to establish a network of collaboration and knowledge-exchange between industrial and academic partners to further develop lead compounds from marine microorganisms having anticancer or anti-infective effects that have already been identified by the consortium.
To achieve this a secondment programme will be set up to prepare a new generation of marine biodiscovery scientists that will be trained on how to isolate compounds from bioactive bacteria/microalgae and take these through to semi-industrial scale-up for further development and toxicity testing at the pre-clinical level.
The Ocean Medicines programme also considers commercialization, innovation and entrepreneurship activities including how to start a new business and how to favour an industrial career to seconded researchers. We are confident that the establishment of this international research network, with its synergistic effects, will significantly contribute to advance all of the involved labs to the top level in the field of marine drug discovery.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 45 000

Participants (9)

STAZIONE ZOOLOGICA ANTON DOHRN
Italy
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Address
Villa Comunale
80121 Napoli
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 36 000
Address
King's College Regent Walk
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE - NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 54 000
Address
Hansine Hansens Veg 14
9019 Tromso
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACION CENTRO DE EXCELENCIA EN INVESTIGACION DE MEDICAMENTOS INNOVADORES EN ANDALUCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 49 500
Address
Avda Del Conocimiento 3
18100 Armilla Granada
Activity type
Research Organisations
SEALIFE PHARMA GMBH

Participation ended

Austria
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Technopark 1 Geb B Eg
3430 Tulln
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ECOAST

Participation ended

Belgium
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Esplanade 1
8400 Oostende
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EPI-C SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 54 000
Address
Vico Luigi De Crecchio 7
80138 Napoli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SEA4US BIOTECNOLOGIA E RECURSOS MARINHOS LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 54 000
Address
Rua Do Poente S/n
8650 378 Sagres
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIOSEARCH SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 22 500
Address
Giardini Villa Comunale Snc
80121 Napoli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (1)

UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE
South Africa
Address
Robert Sobukwe Road
7535 Cape Town
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments