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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.

Coordinator

STICHTING VUMC
Net EU contribution
€ 510 748,56
Address
De Boelelaan 1117
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM HAMBURG-EPPENDORF
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 498 432,96
Address
Martinistrasse 52
20251 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
INSTITUT DE INVESTIGACIO EN CIENCIES DE LA SALUT GERMANS TRIAS I PUJOL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 495 745,92
Address
Ctra De Canyet S/n
08916 Badalona Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FUNDACAO D. ANNA DE SOMMER CHAMPALIMAUD E DR. CARLOS MONTEZ CHAMPALIMAUD
Portugal
Net EU contribution
€ 476 712,72
Address
Avenida Brasilia, Centro De Investigacao Da Fundacao Champalimaud
1400-038 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Continente Área Metropolitana de Lisboa Área Metropolitana de Lisboa
CENTRE HOSPITALIER UNIVERSITAIRE MONTPELLIER
France
Net EU contribution
€ 525 751,20
Address
Avenue Du Doyen Gaston Giraud 191
34000 Montpellier
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
PLOVDIVSKI UNIVERSITET PAISIY HILENDARSKI
Bulgaria
Net EU contribution
€ 218 651,40
Address
24 Tzar Asen
4000 Plovdiv
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 495 745,92
Address
Cuesta Del Hospicio Sn
18071 Granada
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
PANGAEA BIOTECH SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
SME

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

Yes
Address
Calle Sabino Arana 5
08028 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
EXOSOMICS SIENA SPA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 258 061,32
SME

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

Yes
Address
Via Fiorentina 1
53100 Siena
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Centro (IT) Toscana Siena
 

Partners (12)

Partner

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

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Partner

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

PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Massachusetts Avenue 1350
02138 Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Partner

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

University of Padova
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Partner

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

IZON SCIENCE LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
SME

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

Yes
Address
Robert Robinson Avenue 1
OX5 1PF Oxford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
South East (England) Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Oxfordshire
 
Partner

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

GILUPI GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
SME

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

Yes
Address
Am Muehlenberg 11
14476 Postdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Partner

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

TATAA BIOCENTER AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
SME

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

Yes
Address
Sofierogatan 3A
412 51 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
Partner

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

GenomeScan B.V.
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
SME

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

Yes
Address
Plesmanlaan 1D
2333 BZ Leiden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Agglomeratie Leiden en Bollenstreek
Partner

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

EUROPEAN CANCER PATIENT COALITION
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Rue Montoyer 40
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest
Partner

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

Sense About Science
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Partner

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

TTOPSTART BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
SME

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

Yes
Address
Euclideslaan 1
3584 BL Utrecht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
West-Nederland Utrecht Utrecht
 
Partner

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

V.O. Patents & Trademarks
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Partner

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

Factory-CRO BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Prof Bronkhorstlaan 10-54
3723 MB Bilthoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
West-Nederland Utrecht Utrecht