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Ocean Medicines

Ocean Medicines

Objective

Marine organisms have the capacity to produce a variety of biologically potent natural products. Such novel molecules have new mechanisms of action and therefore could be used to treat human diseases and enhance the quality of life, especially in the ageing segment of the population. However, although there is growing interest in marine natural products (MNP) as potential therapeutic agents for human age-related diseases, few MNPs have reached clinical trials and the market. To fully exploit these promising biological resources, new strategies in the pipeline as well as a new cohort of cross-disciplinary trained scientists are needed to overcome existing bottlenecks and ensure the production of high value biomolecules.
Ocean Medicines is a network of academic, research centres and SMEs across Europe, with proven experience in higher education, training and endowed with state-of-the art scientific and technical expertise and infrastructures.
Our aim is to establish a network of collaboration and knowledge-exchange between industrial and academic partners to further develop lead compounds from marine microorganisms having anticancer or anti-infective effects that have already been identified by the consortium.
To achieve this a secondment programme will be set up to prepare a new generation of marine biodiscovery scientists that will be trained on how to isolate compounds from bioactive bacteria/microalgae and take these through to semi-industrial scale-up for further development and toxicity testing at the pre-clinical level.
The Ocean Medicines programme also considers commercialization, innovation and entrepreneurship activities including how to start a new business and how to favour an industrial career to seconded researchers. We are confident that the establishment of this international research network, with its synergistic effects, will significantly contribute to advance all of the involved labs to the top level in the field of marine drug discovery.
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Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Address

Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 45 000

Participants (9)

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STAZIONE ZOOLOGICA ANTON DOHRN

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 45 000

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 36 000

UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE - NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 54 000

FUNDACION CENTRO DE EXCELENCIA EN INVESTIGACION DE MEDICAMENTOS INNOVADORES EN ANDALUCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 49 500

SEALIFE PHARMA GMBH

Austria

ECOAST

Belgium

EPI-C SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 54 000

SEA4US BIOTECNOLOGIA E RECURSOS MARINHOS LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 54 000

BIOSEARCH SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 22 500

Partners (1)

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UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 690944

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2015

  • End date

    30 November 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 360 000

  • EU contribution

    € 360 000

Coordinated by:

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy