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Polymer Materials for Cryogenic Storage and Distribution of Biologics

Project description

A really cool idea boosts the safety and efficacy of therapies on the move

Until recently, the transportation of sensitive pharmaceuticals along the supply chain from production to patient required relatively straightforward refrigeration technology. As therapies have gone from simple chemical molecules to protein macromolecules to living cells, the cold chain has had to adapt. Most biologics must be cryopreserved and, as anyone who has ever frozen and thawed a steak can appreciate, it is not an easy task to keep cells in tip-top shape during that process. Currently available technologies use organic solvents as cryoprotectants which are not perfect. The EU-funded ICE_PACK project is developing biomimetic polymeric cryoprotectants that will stabilise membranes and protect proteins from damage, significantly reducing the cost of therapeutics while enhancing their safety, efficacy and accessibility.

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-COG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-COG - Consolidator Grant

Host institution

THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
Address
Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW Coventry
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 999 863,75

Beneficiaries (1)

THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 999 863,75
Address
Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW Coventry
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments