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Biomanufacturing Innovations in Cell and Gene Therapies Competition

Friday, 27 November 2020

Grants are available for UK SMEs and research organisation, supporting the National Research Council of Canada in biomanufacturing of gene and cell therapies.

This Innovate UK (IUK) competition aims to identify UK partners who will bring innovative solutions to support and collaborate with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Challenge Program in Health and Disruptive Technologies for Cell and Gene Therapy.

The competition aims to support improvements in biomanufacturing for cost effective gene and cell-based therapies. Projects must include teams from the UK and Canada’s NRC to develop solutions addressing address one of these two areas:

  1. Process improvement for adeno-associated virus (AAV) based gene therapy.
  2. Deploy process analytical technologies to perfusion-enabled lentiviral vector manufacturing.

A total of up to £290,000 is allocated to fund three innovation projects. A project's total eligible costs must not exceed £128,000 over 24 months, of which up to 75% will be funded by this initiative. Total grant funding must not exceed £96,000. This is regardless of the individual partners' grant claims.

The grants will fund feasibility studies, industrial research and experimental development projects.

To lead a project, an organisation must be either a UK registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), catapult, charity or not-for-profit organisation. To collaborate with the lead, applicants must be a UK registered SME, academic institution, catapult, charity, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO). Academic institutions cannot lead.

Applicants must intend to exploit the results from or in the UK and Canada and carry out most of the project work in the UK.

The deadline for applications of 23 December 2020 (11:00 GMT).

News Article From: Kirklees 4 Business | Open 4 Business

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