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Setting an interdisciplinary/sectorial/international research network to explore dry storage as an alternative strategy for cells/germplasm biobanking

Objective

The number of biobanks for diagnostic/clinical/biodiversity preservation purposes is increasing exponentially, representing an economic burden for the EU. Cryopreservation (Liquid Nitrogen LN) is the only cells/gametes long-term repository method. LN storage is expensive though, requires dedicated facilities, is hazardous, carries pathogens and has high carbon footprint. DRYNET objective is to set an inter-sectorial/multidisciplinary/international network between EU academic (5), SME (3), the EU pan-Biobank, and international partners (Japan/Thailand), with the aim of sharing knowhow & expertise to lay down the theoretical and early empirical basis for the dry storage of cells/germplasm. DRYNET merges the partner’s expertise, theoretical/ biophysical/ mathematical modelling, cellular/ molecular/ insect biology, embryology, mechanical engineering into a coherent approach towards dry storage of cells/germplasm. International/inter-sectorial secondments, with meeting/workshop/summer school will be primary tools to implement our strategy for biobanking. Outreaching activities will guarantee public awareness of the project. DRYNET’s relies on water subtraction to induce a reversible block of metabolism, a survival strategy available in nature (anhydrobiosis). The work plan foresees the exploitation of natural xero-protectants (Late Embryogenesis Abundant proteins), loaded/expressed in gametes/cells, before drying. The best drying approaches, supported by theoretical/biophysical/math modelling, will be implemented by SMEs/academy partners. DRYNET will bring a simplification of currents practices, with cost and carbon footprint reduction, for the maintenance/shipping of biobanks. DRYNET will generate young scientists with transferable skills, ensuring career prospect in academia/industry. DRYNET strengthens the international/sectorial network between different disciplines, ensures long-term sustainability of the project, and boosts European competitiveness in biobanking.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TERAMO
Net EU contribution
€ 238 500,00
Address
Via Renato Balzarini 1 3 5 7
64100 Teramo
Italy

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Region
Sud Abruzzo Teramo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 22 500,00

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CAGLIARI
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 112 500,00
Address
Via Universita 40
09124 Cagliari

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Region
Isole Sardegna Cagliari
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSIDAD DE BURGOS
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 148 500,00
Address
Hospital Del Rey
09001 Burgos

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Region
Castilla y León Burgos
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
AVANTEA srl
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 27 000,00
Address
Via Cabrini 12
26100 Cremona

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Nord-Ovest Lombardia Cremona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
BIOTALENTUM TUDASFEJLESZTO KFT
Hungary
Net EU contribution
€ 171 000,00
Address
Aulich Lajos Utca 26
2100 Goedoello

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Közép-Magyarország Pest Pest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
IMAGENE

Participation ended

France
Net EU contribution
€ 4 500,00
Address
2 Allee Du Doyen Georges Brus Parc Scientific Unitec
33600 Pessac

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Nouvelle-Aquitaine Aquitaine Gironde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
BIOBANKS AND BIOMOLECULAR RESOURCES RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE CONSORTIUM (BBMRI-ERIC)

Participation ended

Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Neue Stiftingtalstrasse 2/b/6
8010 Graz

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Region
Südösterreich Steiermark Graz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 63 000,00
Address
Via Universita 4
41121 Modena

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Region
Nord-Est Emilia-Romagna Modena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 54 000,00

Partners (2)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

NATIONAL AGRICULTURE AND FOOD RESEARCH ORGANIZATION
Japan
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Non-EU contribution
€ 76 500,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITY
Thailand
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Phyathai Road 254 Pathumwan
10330 Bangkok

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 184 500,00