The consortium made up of Aniling, the Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP) and the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO) have been awarded €1.8 million from the Spanish State Research Agency (AEI)* for the development of a new theragnostic tool to personalise the management of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients.
The funds are from a competitive call through the 2021 State Programme to Promote Scientific- Technical Research and its Transfer (formerly known as Retos Colaboración).
Aniling will coordinate the project that will be carried out between 2023 and 2025 as a clinical-stage biotech company specialised in discovery and development of solutions based on next-generation genomic and epigenomic sequencing (NGS) methods for precision oncology since 2014.
The project aims to develop an innovative platform that can generate and monitor organoids from patients. This cutting-edge technology will enable personalized testing of various drugs and allow clinicians to predict how each patient will respond to different treatments.
Additionally, the project will produce a companion diagnostic test that precisely profiles colorectal cancer at a molecular level, with a focus on genomic and epigenomic biomarkers. This innovative approach will generate a new set of biomarkers and algorithms that have the potential to revolutionize cancer prediction, management, and treatment selection.
With these advancements, Aniling will be able to develop a comprehensive commercial kit that includes reagents, protocols, and computational analysis tools. This kit will help streamline and optimize the process of generating and analyzing organoids, as well as profiling CRC at a molecular level. Ultimately, this kit will contribute to the personalized management of CRC and potentially other types of cancer in the future.
The new tool will be incorporated into Aniling’s pipeline, which currently consists of three in vitro diagnostic (IVD) tests for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (GEUS-CLL), colorectal cancer (GEUS-CRC) and liquid biopsy (GEUS-LB) with CE-certification from the European Union.
* MCIN/AEI /10.13039/501100011033 Next Generation EU/PRTR (CPP2021-008602).