Vlaanderen-Nederland granted a positive ruling on the project ‘Memories’ ('Herinneringen' in Dutch) mid-December. The Department of Toxicogenomics of Maastricht University will team up with the consortium partners ToxGenSolutions, Icometrix, KU Leuven, ReMynd and UAntwerpen to support AD research aimed at a sustainable, inclusive growth among Flanders and South-Netherlands. The entire project with a budget of over 2million euro, will receive almost € 800.000 in funding from Interreg.
Currently there is a pressing medical need for early and correct diagnosis of AD combined with an effective treatment. Any progress towards that goal would importantly improve the quality of lives of patients and their families and would mitigate health care costs associated with nursing and treating patients. The project ‘Memories’ is aimed at contributing to these ambitious goals by developing novel tools for early diagnosis and progression in patients and as such will also facilitate development of novel drugs.
‘Memories’ is expected to have an economic impact in Flanders and South-Netherlands, specifically the province of Flemish Brabant. Many players are active in the field of neurodegenerative disease in Flemish Brabant, including reMYND, Icometrix and KU Leuven. This project safeguards the accumulated expertise and accompanying economic development in the province. Moreover, the anticipated biomarker data will validate proprietary animal models at reMYND, while also fast-tracking the current lead Alzheimer’s disease program.
Partners, budget and time span of the project
Each partner in the consortium – reMYND, ToxGenSolutions, Icometrix, KU Leuven, Maastricht University and University of Antwerp – is located in Flanders or South-Netherlands and has a leading position in its research field. The joint expertise will result in a synergy and subsequent stimulation of innovations. The total budget for the project ‘Memories’ equals € 2.476.613,03 and will support the program from its start on January 1st, 2018 to its conclusion on December 31st, 2020.
With the support of: European Fund for Regional Development (EFRO) and the Provincie Vlaams-Brabant (Belgium). Other sponsors: Vlaanderen Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen (VLAIO, Belgium), Provincie Limburg (Netherlands), Ministerie van Economisch Zaken (Netherlands), Provincie Antwerpen (Belgium) and 3Rs Management and Consulting ApS (Denmark).
Posted on Jan 02, 2018