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Artificial Cells with Distributed Cores to Decipher Protein Function

Artificial Cells with Distributed Cores to Decipher Protein Function

Objective

We envision a future where ‘chemical apps’ on mobile devices produce on demand valuable compounds for health and performance as well as apps for bioagent threat detection and disease. To take concrete and defined steps toward this future vision, we will exploit the miniaturization provided by lab on a chip technology and construct responsive architectures and metabolism based on living cells and tissues. We will build programmable and re-configurable, (bio)chemical processes, with precision, order, and as hierarchical cellular constructs, in the same way as living systems. We will enable microscale, liquid-based, chemical compartmentalisation (cores), and inter-compartmental (core-core) communication, just as one finds in organelles, cells and tissues. ACDC will focus on developing this next generation technology through a detailed workplan that heavily involves the nontrivial tasks of integrating diverse state of the art technologies including microfluidics, microwave resonators, DNA-based supramolecular assembly, in vitro gene expression and the integration of membrane channels into a functional platform. In a future embodiment of this project, artificial cell technology will be used as programmable and reconfigurable matter for specific applications, including theranostics and personalized medicine as well as sensing and actuation in the environments for bioremediation.
As the first steps towards that future vision, we aim to produce an artificial technological construct and process that recapitulates some aspects of living systems on the microscale, and therefore this project will produce exemplars of secondary living technologies concentrating on the wetware class [1] but also a multi-level mathematical framework. We have assembled an international, interdisciplinary team from academia, industry and public engagement. Our outreach and engagement programme will define the impact in both the public and economic sectors with ethical dimensions considered. Further, building upon 55 years of collective start-up enterprise experience, we will explore the translation of new intellectual property generated into commercial advantage and job creation for the European Union.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO

Address

Via Calepina 14
38122 Trento

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 198 437,50

Participants (5)

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CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 144 596,25

ZURCHER HOCHSCHULE FUR ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 630 550

EXPLORA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 729 500

ELVESYS SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 512 125

MUSEO DELLE SCIENZE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 161 086,25

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 824060

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 January 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 376 295

  • EU contribution

    € 4 376 295

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO

Italy