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microRNA biomarkers in an innovative biophotonic sensor kit for high-specific diagnosis

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Project "miRNA-DisEASY" data sheet

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Organization address
address: VIA VIENNA 8
city: TRENTO
postcode: 38121
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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 490˙500 €
 EC max contribution 445˙500 € (91%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.3. (Stimulating innovation by means of cross-fertilisation of knowledge)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-RISE
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-12-01   to  2019-11-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    OPTOELETTRONICA ITALIA SRL IT (TRENTO) coordinator 126˙000.00
2    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO IT (TRENTO) participant 126˙000.00
3    DESTINA GENOMICA ES (GRANADA) participant 112˙500.00
5    UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA ES (GRANADA) participant 27˙000.00
6    GENEXPLAIN GMBH DE (WOLFENBUTTEL) participant 18˙000.00


 Project objective

Since 2001’s discovery of microRNAs (miRNAs) in humans, progress in genomics and transcriptomics has increased our comprehension of gene expression regulation. miRNAs are small, noncoding RNA molecules showing huge promise as clinical biomarkers and diagnostic tools for illness and disease, as significant changes in their expression occur in response to pathological states. However, miRNA detection is still challenging nowadays, since costly, complex sample preparations and RNA amplifications are not yet reliable enough for clinical decision making. In this context, three innovative EU companies, Optoi Microelectronics - with microelectronic knowhow and manufacturing skills - DestiNA Genomics - with ‘error free’ chemical technology for microRNAs recognition – and GeneXplain – with bioinformatic capabilities - joined forces with four key academic research groups from the Universities of Trento (Italy), Granada (Spain), Hannover Medical School (Germany) and Santa Catarina (Brazil). All the parties combined their knowledge with respect to miRNA biomarkers with a particular focus on lung cancer, to develop a novel and reliable miRNA detection system for this disease. To this end, research collaborations will address the analysis of miRNAs specifically over-expressed in lung cancer, continuing experimental work already started in the past years, but with greater integration and focus. Existing close partnerships with healthcare institutions will be strengthened, ensuring multi-site and multi-ethnic sampling. In parallel, optimization and validation of a miRNA detection kit based on Optoi semiconductor optical detector will continue. The DestiNA patented technology for specific nucleic acid recognition will be refined to reach the integration and result reliability required for use in clinical point of care testing. The strong network created between the companies and the academic institutions will thus provide a unique scientific and technological environment to turn the research outputs into an innovative product for healthcare advance and progress.


List of deliverables.
Report on training activities on management skills Documents, reports 2020-01-14 15:16:51
Report on outreach and communication activities Documents, reports 2020-01-14 15:16:33
Validation with clinical samples Documents, reports 2020-01-14 15:15:32
Report on lectures and techical training Documents, reports 2020-01-14 15:16:24
Organization of final conference Other 2020-01-14 15:16:49
Report on performance of miRNA biomarker in FFPE samples, fine-needle aspirate and sputum Documents, reports 2019-07-22 09:19:45
Report on common protocols for miRNA detection Documents, reports 2019-07-22 09:19:45
Project website launch Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-07-22 09:19:45

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of miRNA-DisEASY deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Emilio Garcia-Fernandez, M. Carmen Gonzalez-Garcia, Salvatore Pernagallo, Maria J. Ruedas-Rama, Mario A. Fara, Francisco J. López-Delgado, James W. Dear, Hugh Ilyine, Cristina Ress, Juan J. Díaz-Mochón, Angel Orte
miR-122 direct detection in human serum by time-gated fluorescence imaging
published pages: , ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/c9cc08069d
Chemical Communications 2019-12-16
2017 Simone Detassis, Margherita Grasso, Valerio Del Vescovo, Michela A. Denti
microRNAs Make the Call in Cancer Personalized Medicine
published pages: 1-20, ISSN: 2296-634X, DOI: 10.3389/fcell.2017.00086
Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology 5 2019-07-22

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