WIB: financing agreement signed
At the headquarters of Łukasiewicz – PORT, an agreement was signed with the Research Team selected in the first competition of the Virtual Research Institute (WIB). Scientists have received nearly PLN 70 million for research on new cancer therapies.
On January 17, 2022, the contract was concluded between Łukasiewicz – PORT, the Managing Entity of the WIB program, and the Research Team, whose project “Horizon of Excellence in Matrix RNA Applications in ImmunoOncology [HERO]” was selected in the first WIB competition. Its authors received nearly PLN 70 million for research on new cancer therapies with therapeutic mRNA technology. The event was attended by Wojciech Murdzek, Deputy Minister of Education and Science.
The research project will be carried out by scientists from a consortium of four leading Polish research units. It includes the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, the University of Warsaw, the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and the Medical University of Warsaw.
The leader of the Research Team is prof. Dr hab. Andrzej Dziembowski from the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw. The team also includes:
- prof. dr hab. Marta Miączyńska (International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw),
- prof. dr hab. Jacek Jemielity (University of Warsaw),
- dr hab. Joanna Kowalska (University of Warsaw),
- prof. dr hab. Robert Hołyst (Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences),
- prof. dr hab. Jakub Gołąb (Medical University of Warsaw),
- prof. dr hab. Dominika Nowis (Medical University of Warsaw).
The HERO project received the highest evaluation of experts both due to the high substantive level and the commercialization potential of the assumed research results, i.e., the prospect of introducing them to the market. The mRNA technology is currently one of the most innovative directions in the pharmaceutical industry.
During the implementation of the research project, Łukasiewicz – PORT will support scientists, mainly in the commercialization of research results.
More information about the WIB program you will find here.