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Nachman lab participates in an EIC funded international consortium
“Supervised Morphogenesis in Gastruloids - SUMO”

The interdisciplinary consortium “Supervised Morphogenesis in Gastruloids” (SUMO) received a total funding of 4.95 mio EURO (including UK replacement funding) to challenge the current limitations for realistic in vitro organ models by building on state-of-the-art gastruloid technology. Gastruloids are multi-tissue embryonic organoids that can recapitulate mammalian developmental processes, including early organogenesis, in a dish. They harbor great promise for both fundamental and applied science for their ability to model organ primordia in the framework of their native three-dimensional context. To fully harness the potential of gastruloid technology, the SUMO consortium will tackle current bottlenecks regarding gastruloid reproducibility, tissue organization and physiology using cutting edge technology including Raman imaging, artificial intelligence and bioengineering. Specifically, the consortium aims to achieve reproducible and scalable formation of gastruloids with embryo-like morphology that enter advanced organogenesis stages, focusing on cardiac and gut development.

The SUMO consortium enters a portfolio of seven consortia that are funded within the “Engineered Living Materials” EIC challenge. 

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth said, “Congratulations to all projects selected under the first EIC Pathfinder Challenges call. With the support of EIC Programme Managers, they will progress together towards common goals and create new opportunities for radical innovation. With the new mechanisms under the EIC, we have the means to support the whole value chain and to transform these innovative technologies into successful companies in Europe.”

The SUMO consortium unites researchers from the University Hospital Oslo, Norway (HTH director: Stefan Krauss, coordinator), Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) (Jesse Veenvliet), Imperial College London, UK (HTH PI: Molly Stevens), University of Glasgow, UK (HTH PI: Nikolaj Gadegaard), Tel Aviv University, Israel (Iftach Nachman), Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP), Germany (Jens von Kries) and University of Oslo (HTH PI: Jan Helge Solbakk).

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