A boost for personalized medicine

February 19, 2010
Stephanie Sutton

Stephanie Sutton was an assistant editor at Pharmaceutical Technology Europe.

Pharmaceutical Technology Europe

A joint investment of approximately 28 million Euros for seven projects hopes to bring personalized medicine closer to reality by developing ways of delivering drugs to specific disease sites within the human body.

A joint investment of approximately 28 million Euros for seven projects hopes to bring personalized medicine closer to reality by developing ways of delivering drugs to specific disease sites within the human body. The funding originates from three institutes for life science research in The Netherlands: the BioMedical Materials (BMM) program, the Center for Translational Molecular Medicine (CTMM) and Top Institute Pharma.

According to a press release issued by the institutes: "Together with the development or tailored drug therapies, the imaging guide and targeted drug delivery techniques that these newly focused projects aim to develop are widely regarded as one of the keys to highly personalized medicine."

The seven projects that have been awarded funding mainly target therapies for cardiovascular diseases and cancer, and will bring together 12 knowledge institutes and 14 industrial parties. The projects were chosen based on peer review and evaluation by an international advisory board following the submission of 25 draft proposals.

"With the pattern of diseases such as cancer being different in virtually every patient, personalized medicine is absolutely essential to improving patient outcomes," Hans Hoogervorst, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the CTMM, said in the press statement. "The outstanding quality of the proposals selected from the joint call should really help us to put personalized medicine into practice."

Wim Deetmand, Chairman of the Executive Board of the BMM program, also added: "With this joint initiative of the three public–private partnerships in the Dutch life sciences sector, The Netherlands stimulates collaboration and cooperation between industry and academia on a size and scale that is unique in Europe."

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