We’ve been awarded a one million euro grant by the Ministry of Science to study brain tumor biomarkers with Fundación Rioja Salud and the University of the Balearic Islands

The Spanish government has announced the public grants corresponding to the State Program for research, development and innovation call — geared towards societal challenges and called “Collaboration Challenges of the year 2019”. These are instruments to help meet the needs of the Spanish Science, Technology and Innovation System and its main agents.


Project team

One of the approved proposals has been the project GLIOPROG561 (RTC2019-007399-1) led by our company in collaboration with the CIBIR- Biomedical Research Center of La Rioja (Fundación Rioja Salud) and the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), whose objective is the “Identification and validation of prognosis response biomarkers in treatment with the LAM561 molecule in patients with glioma and evaluation of the pharmacological activity of its main metabolite”.

This is an interdisciplinary project in which lipid chemistry, proteomics, bioinformatics, genomics and molecular biology are combined to maximize the chances of finding effective biomarkers. The participation of the CIBIR in this consortium guarantees — thanks to their extensive experience — high quality bioinformatics analyses and great reliability in the validation of the identified biomarkers.

This project answers one of the call’s objectives, which is the consolidation of R&D and innovation capabilities as well as the generation of knowledge and research teams that carry out their activities in universities, public research organizations and other research organizations. In total, the grant amounts to 1,058,759 euros from the budget of the Ministry of Science and that of the State Research Agency for 2020.

The financed projects all have a duration of several years: they will have begun their execution throughout the present year 2020 and will end on the date indicated in the grant request, between mid and late 2023. The public Challenges-Collaboration grants correspond to the State Program for Generation of Knowledge and Scientific and Technological Strengthening of the R&D and Innovation System, within the framework of the State Program for R&D and Innovation Geared towards the Challenges of Society, belonging to the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2017-2020.

The aforementioned State Plan is the main instrument of the General State Administration for the development and achievement of the objectives of the Spanish Strategy for Science and Technology and Innovation 2013-2020 and the European 2020 Strategy. It includes state grants for R&D and innovation, which are preferably awarded through competitive calls. These projects are evaluated by experts from the fields of basic science, clinical science, economics and finance.

Project Team members on the picture, from the left, top: Adrian McNicholl, Gema Malet, Pablo V. Escribá, Ignacio Larrayoz, Paula Fernández y Roberto Beteta.
Seated: Emilce Cano, Rafael Peláez, Catalina Rosselló, Raquel Rodríguez y Manuel Torres.

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