EUROoC – Interdisciplinary training network for advancing Organ-on-a-chip technology in Europe (MSCA ITN EUROoC)
Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB), Germany; Jena University Hospital, Germany; Graz University of Technology, Austria; University of Bern, Switzerland; Uppsala University, Sweden; University of Twente, The Netherlands; Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), The Netherlands; University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg; École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland; German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), Germany; Miltenyi Biotec GmbH, Germany
Mechanistic research, drug development, personalized medizine
EUROoC will create a trans-European network of application-oriented researchers fully trained in development and application of the emerging Organ-on-a-chip (OoC) technology. The field of OoCs is advancing at breath taking pace due to its potential impact in drug development and personalised treatments of disease. New researchers entering this field must be equipped with a multidisciplinary background ranging from biology to microfluidic chip engineering. EUROoC will offer the first complete and coherent European training program on OoC by gathering participants from various disciplines (Biology, Engineering, Medicine, Physics, Chemistry) in a multi-sectoral network composed of 4 companies (3 SMEs), 2 regulation entities and 10 academic institutions. EUROoC will qualify the next generation of interdisciplinary scientists for all aspects of OoC development and utilisation, including understanding of commercialisation pathways and regulatory aspects.