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Zebrafish avatar as a real-time in vivo platform for personalized cancer therapeutics

Project description

Zebrafish-based in vivo platform for personalised cancer treatment

Cancer affects millions each year, making it a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. The genetic makeup and metabolic profile of individual patients influence the effect of anticancer therapy, with different people responding differently to identical therapy. This presents a major obstacle to effective cancer treatment and is associated with the complexity of cancerogenesis mechanisms. The EU-funded ZEBRAONCOFISH project proposes the use of zebrafish avatars as an in vivo platform to guide therapeutic decisions in patient-directed interventions for cancer. The avatars will be created by transplanting human cancer cell lines and tumour samples in zebrafish. This will enable a unique display of the cancerous process in vivo. The innovation will offer the opportunity to design individualised treatments for each patient.

Objective

The Zebrafish Lab is a biotechnological company leader in the development and commercialization of novel, tailor-made solutions based on in vivo zebrafish assays. Thanks to the extensive knowledge acquired by the R&D projects performed in the field by our team for many years and a close collaboration with Hospitals and Cancer Research Institutions, we have identified a remarkable opportunity in the ZEBRAONCOFISH project that will mean a 5-year after tax-R.O.I of 425% according to our estimations.
The ultimate goal of the project presented as ZEBRAONCOFISH is to complete the technical roadmap required to bring to the healthcare market a novel real time in vivo platform for personalized cancer treatment based on the use of zebrafish “avatars” as personalized, living test tubes.
Cancer is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality with approx. 35 million people affected by this disease and more than 8 million deaths per year. A major difficulty found in effective cancer treatment is the complexity of the biological mechanism underlying cancer onset and disease progression. This is because the genetic makeup and metabolic profile of each individual patient influence the effect of anticancer drugs. As such, different people respond differently to the same therapy.
The solution we propose in the ZEBRAONCOFISH project is the use of zebrafish avatars as an in vivo platform to guide therapeutic decisions in actionable cancer patient-directed interventions. These avatars will be created by xenotransplantation (interspecies transplant) of human cancer cell lines/ tumor samples in zebrafish. The chance to carry out a dynamic display of the cancerous process in vivo will offer the unique opportunity to understand the subjacent cancer biology and design tailor-made treatments for each patient.

Call for proposal

H2020-SMEInst-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-SMEINST-2-2016-2017

Coordinator

IKAN BIOTECH S.L.
Net EU contribution
€ 2 004 583,75
Address
CALLE CHAPITELA 20 1
31001 PAMPLONA
Spain

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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
Noreste Comunidad Foral de Navarra Navarra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Total cost
€ 2 004 583,75