Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ICARUS-INAS (Intregrated Nanostructures Assessment-Service for the biological impact analysis of nanostructures)
Reporting period: 2020-12-01 to 2021-11-30
The ICARUS-INAS project aims to ensure that high quality characterization factors (CFs) are specifically determined for novel nanostructured materials to assess and quantify their environmental impact over their entire life cycle, through an appropriate portfolio of adapted toxicity tests, aiming to offer a step forward in the environmental safety and sustainability assessment of novel (nano)materials. The underlying innovation idea of this proposal (which is mainly addressing exploitation and dissemination activities), is the development of a certified Integrated Nanostructures Assessment-Service (INAS) for the biological impact analysis of nanostructures combining toxicology and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). A portfolio of in vitro tests, including rapid high-throughput tests and mechanistic toxicity projects applying omics technologies, will be offered for the assessment of the human and environmental safety of nanostructured alloys and other nanomaterials, which could be implemented in the customer's facilities too when requested. The toxicology assessment will be tailored as well to the chemical-related impacts for which CFs are necessary within the LCA analysis, allowing a full harmonization between the available toxicity data and the customer’s products life cycle assessment. In preparation of the INAS service, the exploitation, IPR and dissemination strategies will be defined and implemented in this project, based on in-depth market analysis, business planning and other exploitation-related activities.
The main objectives of the project are 1) the validation and certification of a set of tools and protocols previously developed in the linked ICARUS project 2) to develop an integrated Nanosafety and LCA assessment service strategy for academic and industrial customers, through 3) an accompanying dissemination and exploitation strategy.
Overview of WP1: In WP1 (M1-12), the coordinator has worked to ensure the proper management of the project, organising the different activities needed to meet the objective of the project and the deadlines. Relevant stakeholders were identified to gather useful information about the expectations and realistic projection of the proposed idea in the market (MS1). The interviews performed and surveys sent provided and idea of the interest by different stakeholders in the ICARUS-INAS idea and paved the road for the business plan definition. The creation of the “Core ICARUS-INAS group” stablished in the Grant Agreement is not formally developed, although some stakeholders demonstrate their interest for the future activities and collaboration in the research.
Overview of WP2: In WP2 (M1-12), a market, competitors and stakeholder’s analysis were performed. Different companies that currently offer similar services as the related in ICARUS-INAS were identified. The regulation and trends related with environmental and toxicological impacts were analysed and confirms the necessity of the business model proposed in the project. A complete business plan has been elaborated with a financial analysis that validate the profitability of the spin off in the future, paving the way for its creation.
Overview of WP3: In WP3 (M1-12), the dissemination and communication strategy was developed at the beginning of the project, which established the main activities to be performed in order to increase the awareness among general public and potential stakeholders regarding the integration of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and toxicological analysis. For this, a dedicated ICARUS-INAS website was created, scientific, social media and press publications were released, and an animated video was created. The logo and posters were used to assist attend to different events to show the idea of the project. In addition, the IPR strategy was established to identify the main steps to be considered in the creation of the spin off.