Health EU launches its Manifesto to unify Digital Healthcare in Europe!

Health EU initiative makes important steps towards strategic recognition and launches today its Manifesto.

In a competition with many excellent projects, and, as a result of the 2nd phase evaluation of Coordination and Support Actions for FET Flagships, Health EU was recognized as the leading project on Human Avatars and Digital Healthcare and is currently in a potential position for future funding.

Health EU management is looking with strong conviction into a bright future of an European mission on creating the first European Integrative Human Avatar Platform under the umbrella of Digital Healthcare enabled by Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things.

Health EU launched the Health EU Manifesto (pdf) to unify all forces in medicine, biology, social sciences and engineering Europe under the visionary concept of Human Avatars for personalized, preventive and participatory healthcare.

Health EU invites all interested universities, research institutes, hospitals, industries and citizen/patient associations and other stakeholders to sign the Manifesto as an expression of direct support!

European Organ-On-Chip Society launched

PRESS RELEASE, 13 November 2018

The new European Organ-on-Chip Society (EUROoCS) was officially launched at the third International Organ-on-Chip Symposium, held on 8 and 9 November 2018 at the University of Technology in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The Society will encourage development and coordination of Organ-on-Chip research in Europe in support of better health for all. Membership will be open from 2019 to all researchers in the field, providing access benefits to the pending digital Organ-on-Chip platform, the annual meeting and the future society journal.

In the presence of 180 scientists from twelve countries Christine Mummery, chair of the new Society, initiated the launch ceremony, which subtly referred to the annual light festival in Eindhoven, site of the launch, and the classical light bulb developed there a century ago. “It is a European Society but everyone worldwide is welcome to join. We are just at the early start, and there is much work to be done before we are operational and everybody can sign in. But we look forward to being the forum for this research in Europe and we are here to stay,” Janny van den Eijnden-van Raaij of hDMT says, among the first Board members of EUROoCS.

Accelerating Organ-on-Chip research
The purpose of the Society is to encourage and develop Organ-on-Chip research, and to provide opportunities to share and advance knowledge and expertise in this field towards a better health for all. EUROoCS is one of the first outcomes of the Horizon 2020 project ORCHID (Organ-on-Chip In Development), that aims to create a roadmap for Organ-on-Chip technology and to build a network of all parties involved.

Open for all researchers
Membership is open from 2019 to all researchers worldwide in the Organ-on-Chip field. The annual European Organ-on-Chip symposium will be organized in a different country in Europe each year. The next will be held in Graz, in Austria, on 2 and 3 July 2019. It will provide many opportunities for scientific discussion and interaction, and bring together young scientists with top experts in the field.

Easy connection via platform and journal
The membership will have many advantages for scientists, in particular finding collaborators via the digital Organ-on-Chip platform presently under construction, and disseminating results via the future Society journal.

The first Board members
The first Board of EUROoCS has the following members:

ORCHID interim roadmap report proudly presented

The ORCHID team was proud to present the first interim roadmap report entitled: ‘Organ-on-Chip in Development: Towards a European roadmap for Organ-on-Chip’ during the International Organ-on-Chip Symposium on November 8-9 2018 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

This report surveys the current landscape in the research, development, applications and market opportunities for Organ-on-Chip devices to establish the pillars of a European OoC ecosystem. Based on a bibliometric study, a market analysis, expert interviews, and panel discussions held at the ORCHID Vision Workshop (Stuttgart, 23 May 2018), this report outlines presently unmet needs, key challenges, barriers and perspectives of the field, and finally proposes recommendations towards the definition of a European roadmap that could render OoC systems (OoCs) realistic models of human (patho)physiology in the near future.

For the report click here.

High level attention for InForMed project in Brussel

On November 27th 2018 the ECSEL Joint Undertaking presented the results of the InForMed project and the Health.E Lighthouse Initiative at the high-level conference “The impact of EU research and innovation in our daily life” in the European Parliament building in Brussels.

One of the SME partners in InForMed, the Organ-on-Chip startup BI/OND, was invited to present their products. The ORCHID project, which participates in the Health.E Lighthouse Initiative, presented its first roadmap report.

 

Soheila Zeinali wins Best Poster Award IOOCS18

Soheila Zeinali from the Organs-on-Chip technologies group of the University of Bern (Switzerland) received the Best Poster Award at the International Organ-on-Chip Symposium 2018 (IOOCS 2018) in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. This year there were no less than 55 poster presentations which were all of high quality according to the scientific jury.

The poster jury, consisting of professors Ronald Dekker (chair; TUDelft, Netherlands), Cecilia Sahlgren (Åbo Akademi University, Finland), Shuichi Takayama (Georgia Tech, USA), and Jaap den Toonder(TU/e, Netherlands), had a hard time selecting the poster award winner from the high-quality poster contributions. First, 20 candidates were selected based on the submitted abstract, according to the rating by the scientific program committee. These posters were visited by the poster jury, and evaluated on the basis of four criteria: poster layout, presentation, scientific quality and innovation.

The winner was Soheila Zeinali, with her poster “Role of Rhythmic Breathing Motions on In Vitro Pulmonary Vascular Remodeling”. Her poster had a clear and attractive layout, and she presented the poster clearly and with enthusiasm. The topic of the poster is a nice example of a novel technological development applied to a biologically relevant question, and shows the great advantage of organ-on-chip technology, since the results could not have been obtained with conventional approaches. A deserved winner!

Poster title: Role of Rhythmic Breathing Motions on In Vitro Pulmonary Vascular Remodeling
Soheila Zeinali1, Emily K. Thompson1, Thomas Geiser1, 2, 3 and Olivier T. Guenat1, 2, 4
1 Organs-on-Chip Technologies Laboratory, ARTORG Center, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
2 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Inselspital, University Hospital of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
3 Department of Biomedical Research, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
4 Division of General Thoracic Surgery, Inselspital, University Hospital of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

You can download her poster abstract here.

LUMC takes the lead in construction of stem cell facility

At the Leiden BioScience Park, the Netherlands, a new high-tech stem cell facility will emerge in the coming years: the NEtherlands Center for the Clinical Advancement of Stemcell Therapies (NECST). Researchers and start-up companies are welcomed here for the development of stem cell and gene therapy products.

NECST is set up by the Leiden Regenerative Medicine Platform (LRMP) and fits well in the collaboration with the Canadian Center for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM), where a similar facility is realized. In addition, NECST contributes to the infrastructural strengthening of the strategic public-private partnership RegMed XB (Regenerative Medicine Crossing Borders) where Dutch and Flemish partners participate. The NECST will be placed at the Leiden BioScience Park, strengthening the ecosystem of one of the largest Dutch life science cluster.

For more information: LUMC news message (in Dutch).

An Inserm Workshop on OoC gathered 70 people from Europe, in Bordeaux

An Inserm workshop dedicated to Organ-on-Chip (OoC) and entitled “OoC : understanding and mimicking living organisms for better treatment”, was organized in October 2018, in France.

This high-level training session, consisting of both theoretical and practical phases, aimed to educate, transfer knowledge and experiences to a public having a direct interest in OoC.

Around 70 people from Europe and the USA were present, including scientists, researchers, technicians and medical doctors working in academic government-funded bodies, teaching hospitals and companies in health-related industries.

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