Interreg Baltic Sea – Biomarker Commercialization IVD applicable Biomarker Research and Innovation implementation Development GuidE (acronym BIC-BRIDGE)
The main challenge of biomarker commercialization is that while a lot of research identifying links between some biological signatures (Biomarkers) with diseases or response to the treatment, less than 2% will convert into clinical applicable diagnostic test (IVD Test). The discovery part is a substantial investment from research institutions, but the route to industrial development and to commercialisation is not part of the skills and expertise easily available in research institutions, even when having a Technology Transfer Office (TTO) to support commercialization of an invention.
BIC BRIDGE is based on the project main outputs and results from BiC – Biomarker Commercialization. Thanks to the regular project, the BiC consortium managed to tackle specific challenges from the biomarker development and commercialization field.
BIC BRIDGE serves not only to improve the outputs delivered in the original project but also to a whole new set of activities aiming at increasing the scope of the tools and broadening the target groups, as well as increasing usability, sustainability and impact, through
- Commercialization and regulatory guidedance in advanced stages of development
- Practical conversation of the Biomarker Commercialization Guide
- Educational Training Toolbox
- Increase visibility and awareness.
The consortium comprises 9 partners from the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) and beyond. It consists of innovation units localized in research institutions, cluster organisations, SMEs and European Research Infrastructure Consortium within the health diagnostic, pharma and med tech field.
- Ideklinikken, Aalborg University Hospital. The North Denmark Region [DK]
- Wroclaw Technology Park [PL]
- BioCon Valley® GmbH [DE]
- Tartu BT Park OÜ [EE]
- University of Turku [FI]
- Turku Science Park Ltd. [FI]
- Labmaster Ltd. [FI]
- Dianox APS [DK]
- EATRIS [NL]
BIC BRDIGE is based on project outputs generated during the first stage project BIC – Biomarker Commercialization. The extension stage project is running for 9 months (01.10.2020 – 30.06.2021).
The project’s budget is EUR 0.76 million and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme with EUR 0.58 million.