On February 18th, the second call for applications for biomarker validation services was officially launched. The services will be provided by IBBL as part of the EU-funded Codex4SMEs project.
The Interreg North-West Europe (Interreg NWE) project Codex4SMEs (Companion diagnostics expedited for small and medium-sized enterprises) aims to build a transnational network to accelerate the development of companion diagnostics by small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), hence promoting personalised medicine in Europe. Two main services are available to SMEs under the project, namely Knowledge Transfer and Sample Access – delivered by the Biobank of Graz (BBG) – and Biomarker Validation – provided by IBBL.
For the Biomarker Validation Service, the first of the two foreseen calls opened today. As part of the process, the two biobanks involved in the project (BBG and IBBL), together with an independent panel of experts, will evaluate the biomarkers proposed by the SMEs and give a recommendation to the Codex4SMEs Steering Committee, which will take the final decision on the ones to be selected for validation. The validation service will subsequently be performed on the selected biomarkers – with the aim of validating a total of four – thus helping SMEs accelerate the commercialisation of their biomarker-based products.
IBBL will work in close cooperation with the Austrian project partner, the Biobank of Graz, which will provide the samples required for the validation.
All costs related to the services provided are fully covered by the Codex4SMEs project. Interested SMEs will be able to apply until April 19th by sending the dedicated application form to codex4SMEs@ibbl.lu. Call guidelines for the biomarker validation service, as well as all other relevant documentation on the various services and calls, can be found on the project webpage.
In addition, IBBL offers a helpline to support SMEs in filling out the application forms, every Monday between 1pm and 3pm.
The call for applications for Knowledge Transfer and Sample Access provided by the Biobank of Graz, which was launched earlier in September 2018, remains open and applications for such services can be sent continuously.
Codex4SMEs is part of the Interreg North-West Europe (INTERREG NWE) programme, a strategic key element of the European Union’s structural and investment policy, inspiring cross-border cooperation between regions and cities. INTERREG NWE co-finances the project through a € 1.9 million allocation from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
For more information, please contact Codex4smes@ibbl.lu or call us during the helpline hours!