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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-ITN-ETN | Phase: MSCA-ITN-2016 | Award Amount: 3.97M | Year: 2017

MMbio will bridge the classically separate disciplines of Chemistry and Biology by assembling leading experts from academia and non-academic partners (industry, technology transfer & science communication) to bring about systems designed to interfere therapeutically with gene expression in living cells. Expertise in nucleic acid synthesis, its molecular recognition and chemical reactivity is combined with drug delivery, cellular biology and experimental medicine. This project represents a concerted effort to make use of a basic and quantitative understanding of chemical interactions to develop and deliver oligonucleotide molecules of utility for therapy. Our chemical biology approach to this field is ambitious in its breadth and represents a unqiues opportunity to educate young scientists across sectorial and disciplinary barriers. Training will naturally encompass a wide range of skills, requiring a joint effort of chemists and biologists to introduce young researchers in a structured way to and array of research methodologies that no single research grouping could provide. The incorporation of early-stage and later stag ebiotechnology enterprises ensures that commercialisation of methodologies as well as the drug development process is covered in this ITN. We hope that MMBio will train scientists able to understand both the biological problem and the chemistry that holds the possible solution and develop original experimental approaches to stimulate European academic and commercial success in this area.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: NMP.2013.1.2-2 | Award Amount: 10.45M | Year: 2013

Resistance to traditional antibiotics is a rapidly increasing problem that in a few years could make infections impossible to treat and bring the state of medical care back to the pre-antibiotic era from the beginning of the last century. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have a huge potential as new therapeutics against infectious diseases as they are less prone to induce resistance due to their fast and non-specific mechanism of action. The aim of FORMAMP is to explore a number of innovative formulation and delivery strategies based on nanotechnology in order to improve the efficiency and stability of AMPs in clinical development. Functional delivery systems that can be applied directly on the infected site will be developed for treatment of infections in skin and burn wounds, as well as lung infections caused by Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). Formulation and delivery strategies to prevent and treat biofilm formation related to these conditions will be developed. Different nanoformulation platforms, particularly promising for peptide delivery, controlled release strategies and technologies against proteolytic degradation of peptides will be evaluated in the project. These include lipid-based systems such as lipidic nanocapsules, polymer-based structures such as dendrimers and microgels as well as nanostructured mesoporous silica. The possibility to formulate the nanostructured materials into efficient drug delivery systems such as a topical spray or gel and pulmonary aerosol will be evaluated. The effect of nanoformulated AMPs will be evaluated with state-of-the art in vitro models and in vivo models. The results of this interdisciplinary project will generate efficient treatment strategies combatting one of the largest threats to our health care system today, reducing healthcare costs and expand the growth of European enterprises within the field of pharmaceutics and nanomaterials.

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