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Imaging NM: A Nanoparticulate Precision Medicine Approach to Target Cancer


Cristal Therapeutics (CT) develops the next generation of nanomedicines to treat cancer. Cancer remains one the leading causes of death worldwide, and current treatment options are insufficient, in part due to the tumour heterogeneity between patients. CT has developed state-of-the-art nanoparticles (CriPec®) to target a drug of choice more selectively to the tumour site(s). The superior therapeutic performance of this approach has already been demonstrated preclinically for CT’ lead product CriPec® docetaxel and a promising clinical phase I trial is finalizing, providing a significantly increased pharmacokinetic and safety profile. CT already observed activity in patients and much reduced neutropenia and alopecia.
In INTACT, CT will perform phase II clinical trials in ovarian and bladder cancer to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of CriPec® docetaxel. Furthermore, CriPec® docetaxel will be decorated with a PET tracer (89Zr), which enables oncologists to visualize CriPec® biodistribution in real-time. Tumour uptake will be correlated with therapeutic responses and result in parameters for future patient selection.
This approach turns the drug into a personalized medicine whereby only those patients that exhibit enhanced tumour-targeting will be treated. This personalisation assures maximum efficacy in selected patients, avoids exposing patients to inappropriate drugs and adverse effects, and allows patients with limited tumour targeting to receive other more appropriate treatment.
CT will use INTACT to close the gap from lab to market and facilitate a licensing deal for CriPec® docetaxel, projected to generate revenues exceeding >€100M in 2024. More importantly, INTACT will validate the CriPec® nanomedicine platform, boost product development for other diseases through licensing deals, and provide a growth of 10FTE by 2022. Success in INTACT will truly launch Cristal Therapeutics’ business.
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6229 Ev Maastricht


Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 2 499 999

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 784127


Closed project

  • Start date

    1 August 2017

  • End date

    31 July 2019

Funded under:



  • Overall budget:

    € 8 996 610

  • EU contribution

    € 2 499 999

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