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The European advanced translational research infrastructure in medicine

Activity Code: INFRA-2007-2.2-01
Coordinator: Prof. Dr Rudi Balling, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research


Efficient translation of research discoveries into industrial application is an essential element to maintain Europe s competitiveness in the biomedical and health industry. The main bottleneck is the lack and the fragmented nature of essential research infrastructure and know-how, leading to unacceptable delays and/or preventing the development of new innovative medicines. The aim of EATRIS is to fill this gap by developing a European Advanced Translation Research InfraStructure consisting of key preclinical and clinical components necessary to support the development of new diagnostic or therapeutic strategies at all stages of the biomedical R&D-process.

EATRIS will operate through a network of biomedical translation research centres across Europe which will provide user access to: State of the art animal facilities for preclinical proof of principle and proof of concept studies Small molecule screening facilities to identify and characterize new drug targets High-resolution imaging facilities for preclinical and clinical validation Disease-specific patient and population cohorts to develop and validate new innovative diagnostic and therapeutic strategies Centralized GMP facilities for bioprocess development and manufacturing Facilities for Clinical Phase I studies.

Project Details:

Start Date: 01.01.2008
End Date: 31.12.2010
EU Contribution: 4.2 Mio. Euro
Total Costs: 5.48 Mio. Euro
Funding Scheme: Integrating activities / e-infrastructures / preparatory phase
Administrative Contact Person: Michael Strätz, Michael.Straetz@helmholtz-hzi.de
Scientific Coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Rudi Balling, balling@helmholtz-hzi.de
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  • Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Germany
  • Vetenskapsradet - Swedish research Council, Sweden
  • Kobenhavns Universitet, Denmark
  • Helsingen Yliopisto, Finland
  • Fundacio Institut de Recerca de l'Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron, Spain
  • Ministero del Lavoro della Salute e delle Politiche Sociali, Italy
  • Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, France
  • Universitetet i Oslo, Norway
  • Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain
  • Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Germany
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Germany
  • Medical Research Council, United Kingdom
  • Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development, Netherlands
  • Center for Translational Molecular Medicine CTMM, Netherlands
  • Stockholms Laens Landsting, Sweden
  • Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur, Germany
  • Hermann von Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren eV, Germany
  • Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, United Kingdom
  • Istituto Superiore di Santa, Italy