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European Liquid Biopsies Academy - Towards widespread clinical application of blood- based diagnostic tools

Objective

Liquid biopsies have been heralded as a game changer in cancer management, with blood tests offering a minimally invasive, safe, and sensitive alternative or complimentary approach for tissue biopsies. Blood represents a rich source of information through which solid cancers (and their subtypes) can be detected, identified and classified, and matched to a specific therapy. However, despite the potential of individual approaches, the promise of liquid biopsies has not yet materialised in the clinic. Widespread deployment requires creative next-generation researchers with an innovative mindset with access to a unique toolbox, including medical know-how, molecular diagnostics expertise (from health economics to regulatory), and statistical/bioinformatical proficiency. Currently, there are no comprehensive training programmes to address this need. To move the promising liquid biopsy technology out of its infancy, the research programme and educational curriculum of the European Liquid Biopsy Academy (ELBA) will cover the entire value chain of diagnostics development and integrate all required disciplines and sectors.

ELBA will educate 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) with the skills to circumvent the obstacles currently hampering effective development and commercialisation of liquid biopsy approaches. By creating a sustainable network to foster long-term multidisciplinary relationships and communication networks with various stakeholders we aim to accelerate clinical translation of these blood-based diagnostics. Most importantly, we have designed a well-balanced training programme to provide excellent career opportunities for the 15 ELBA ESRs. this includes training on state-of-the-art technologies and tools; bioinformatics, biostatistics and mathematical modelling; health economics and health technology assessment; diagnostic test development (including intellectual property and regulatory affairs); transferable skills (including leadership) and patient inclusion.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

STICHTING VUMC
Address
De Boelelaan 1117
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 510 748,56

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM HAMBURG-EPPENDORF
Germany
EU contribution
€ 498 432,96
Address
Martinistrasse 52
20251 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT DE INVESTIGACIO EN CIENCIES DE LA SALUT GERMANS TRIAS I PUJOL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 495 745,92
Address
Ctra De Canyet S/n
08916 Badalona Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
FUNDACAO D. ANNA SOMMER CHAMPALIMAUD E DR. CARLOS MONTEZ CHAMPALIMAUD
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 476 712,72
Address
Avenida Brasilia, Centro De Investigacao Da Fundacao Champalimaud
1400-038 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE HOSPITALIER UNIVERSITAIRE MONTPELLIER
France
EU contribution
€ 525 751,20
Address
Avenue Du Doyen Gaston Giraud 191
34000 Montpellier
Activity type
Other
PLOVDIVSKI UNIVERSITET PAISIY HILENDARSKI
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 218 651,40
Address
24 Tzar Asen
4000 Plovdiv
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 495 745,92
Address
Cuesta Del Hospicio Sn
18071 Granada
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PANGAEA BIOTECH SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Calle Sabino Arana 5
08028 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EXOSOMICS SIENA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
Address
Via Fiorentina 1
53100 Siena
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (12)

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
University of Szeged
United States
Address
Massachusetts Avenue 1350
02138 Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
University of Padova
Italy
Address

Padua
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IZON SCIENCE LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Robert Robinson Avenue 1
OX5 1PF Oxford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GILUPI GMBH
Germany
Address
Am Muehlenberg 11
14476 Postdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TATAA BIOCENTER AB
Sweden
Address
Odinsgatan 28
411 03 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GenomeScan B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Plesmanlaan 1D
2333 BZ Leiden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EUROPEAN CANCER PATIENT COALITION
Belgium
Address
Rue Montoyer 40
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Sense About Science
United Kingdom
Address

London
Activity type
Other
TTOPSTART BV
Netherlands
Address
Euclideslaan 1
3584 BL Utrecht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
V.O. Patents & Trademarks
Germany
Address

Munich
Activity type
Other
Factory-CRO BV
Netherlands
Address
Prof Bronkhorstlaan 10-54
3723 MB Bilthoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)