June 7, 2018
Recently, the UMCG has become a member of the hDMT (human organ and disease model technologies) consortium, which includes most academic centres and multiple industrial partners in the Netherlands. Membership in hDMT allows UMCG scientists to sign up for and participate in general hDMT meetings on organ-on-chip technology and specialist group meetings focusing on specific organs-on-chip. Currently, researchers associated with the hDMT consortium have organized themselves into focus groups around several themes: cancer-, vessels-, heart-, skin-, brain-, and intestine-on-chip. It is expected that other focus areas will be established in the near future given the rapid pace of the field.
During this symposium Janny van den Eijnden-van Raaij gave a presentation about hDMT and Organ-on-Chip and also presented the ORCHID project and the building of the European organ-on-chip network.
24-25 May, 2018
EUROoC workshop was held in Stuttgart on 24 and 25 May 2018. The workshop was organized by Peter Loskill (Fraunhofer IGB), Maria Tenje (Univ. Uppsala, Sweden), Torsten Mayr (Techn. Univ. Graz, Austria) and Alexander Mosig (Jena Univ. Hospital, Germany). During a poster session of this workshop the ORCHID project, including the growing organ-on-chip network in Europe, was presented by hDMT.
The next EUROoC conference will be held at the Technical University in Graz (Austria) on 1 and 2 July 2019.
23 May, 2018
On 23 May 2018 31 experts from 14 countries, representing academia, industry, regulatory bodies and medical centers, met in a welcoming atmosphere at Fraunhofer IGB in Stuttgart during a workshop of the ORCHID (Organ-on-Chip In Development) project. The purpose of this invitational Vision workshop was to define the ingredients of the European organ-on-chip roadmap. The workshop was organized by Janny van den Eijnden-van Raaij from hDMT (work package leader Roadmap) and chaired by Christine Mummery from LUMC (coordinator).
As a basis for the afternoon discussions the workshop started with an overview of the results of a bibliometric study, a market analysis and interviews with 17 key international players in the field of organ-on-chip technology, carried out by Massimo Mastrangeli (TU Delft, the Netherlands) and Sylvie Millet (CEA, France). In addition, first results of a study on the economic impact of this technology were presented by Nora Franzen (UTwente/NKI, the Netherlands).
In the afternoon there were three sessions, each led and reported by ORCHID team members, with lively discussions about the following topics:
(1) prioritizing the needs and applications;
(2) technological challenges;
(3) qualification and validation of the organ-on-chip models.
At the end of the workshop the participants got a little glimpse of the digital platform on organ-on-chip that is being developed now within ORCHID. The report of the ORCHID Vision workshop will be publicly available in October this year. The workshop has been a great impulse to strengthen the organ-on-chip community in Europe further and to stimulate collaborations between the many disciplines that are involved in this interesting and innovative field.
The ORCHID Vision workshop was followed by the EUROoC workshop in Stuttgart on 24 and 25 May 2018. The latter workshop was organized by Peter Loskill (Fraunhofer IGB), Maria Tenje (Univ. Uppsala, Sweden), Torsten Mayr (Techn. Univ. Graz, Austria) and Alexander Mosig (Jena Univ. Hospital, Germany). During a poster session of this workshop the ORCHID project, including the growing organ-on-chip network in Europe, was presented by hDMT. The next EUROoC conference will be held at the Technical University in Graz (Austria) on 1 and 2 July 2019.
14-16 May, 2018
On May 15 Iñaki Ochoa (UNIZAR) gave a talk on microfluidics at the Bull McCabes in Zaragoza, as part of the event “pint of science“.
The Pint of Science is a worldwide festival which pretends to bring latest scientific research to the people through interesting and relevant talks in an accessible format, mainly across bars and pubs. This event takes place simultaneously in 21 countries around the world every year during the month of May.
On this occasion, Dr. Ochoa, member of the ORCHID project and professor at the University of Zaragoza in Spain, took the opportunity to explain to the general public what is the “Organ on Chip” technology and what are some of its possible applications.
On this occasion, he focused on explaining the use that is being made of this technology to seek new treatments and therapeutic targets in primary brain tumors.
The result of this event was a very relaxed talk between the public and researchers in which the interest of the society was revealed to know a little more in depth what are the new advances that biomedicine is generating.
19 October, 2017
The ORCHID kick-off meeting took place at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands on October 19th 2017.
All partners of the ORCHID project presented their plans and discussed how to accelerate the societal and economic impact of Organ-on-Chip technology through coordinated action.