Press Release

NeuroGraft Project

- Development of Functionalized Cell Seeded Bioartificial Organ for Transplantation in Nerve Repair –

Consortium Project Meeting

The 2nd Project Meeting will be taking place in Portugal, December 9 -10. The project’s consortium (NUI Galway, Vornia Limited, Obelis SA, Stemmaters, Biotecnologia e Medicina, Biomatech SAS) will discuss the overview and progress update on research program.

About NeuroGraft Project

The project ‘Development of Functionalized Cell Seeded Bioartificial Organ for Transplantation in Nerve Repair (NEUROGRAFT)’ aims to develop functionalized cell-seeded bioartificial organs, specifically spinal cord conduits for transplantation, which would incorporate a potent immunomodulatory cytokine (IL37) to target the initial inflammatory response.

It is hoped to increase the survival and therapeutic efficacy of transplanted mesenchymal cells and the expression of potent neuro-regulatory molecules for enhanced functional nerve regeneration in the central nervous system.

The project consortium consists of one academic and four industrial partners (all SMEs) across four countries with distinct synergistic expertise. It expects to develop a marketable product within 6 years of the completion of the NeuroGraft project. Intellectual property will be patented ensuring that SMEs have veto rights on commercial route for exploitation.

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