The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) has now launched its 15th and 16th Calls for proposals under IMI2. The Calls give researchers from diverse sectors the opportunity to participate in ambitious public-private partnerships that will pave the way for the development of the medicines of the future.

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The update of the SC 1 work programme for the 2019 topics has now been 'pre-published' by the Eurpoean Commission. As mentioned in the disclaimer on the cover page, this draft has not yet been adopted by the Commission and does not have legal value. The official adoption is expected towards the end of July.

Download Pre-publication of the SC1 WP

The IMI2 Partnering Platform (set up by the German National Contact Point Life Sciences with support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) has now been updated with the future topics foreseen for the 15th &16th IMI2 Call.

Go to the IMI2 Partnering Platform

Registration for the IMI2 – Call 15 and 16 webinars is now open via the IMI website. The webinars will run from 4 to 23 July inclusive and will address all IMI Call topics as well as our rules and procedures and opportunities for SMEs. Registration is free but obligatory.

The Health NCP Network 2.0 would like to invite you to a two-day NCP training in Athens, Greece, on 17-18 October 2018. The principle aim of this HNN 2.0 on-site training is to give a complete overview on Open Access and Data Management in Horizon 2020 projects.


On 12th of July 2018 the European Commission is organising an Information Day to present the 2019 funding opportunities of the Health, demographic change and wellbeing societal challenge. This half-day event (9:00-12:00) will only be webstreamed.
Go to the Website of the InfoDay

Connected to the Open Info Day, the Health-NCP-Net 2.0 is organizing a free of charge Brokerage Event on Sept. 3-4 2018 in Oslo, which is meant to assist you in finding the right project partners for the upcoming 2019 Health calls.

The registration of the first conference 'Personalised Medicine in Action' of the International Consortium for Personalised Medicine (ICPerMed) is now open. The conference will take place in Berlin, Germany, on November 20-21 and will focus on best practice examples for successful implementation of personalised medicine approaches. The preliminary programme is also available now.

Conference Website

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    Research Headlines - A crystal-clear way to make crucial drugs more affordable

    Monoclonal antibodies have emerged as a powerful weapon in the fight against a variety of diseases, including several types of cancer - but producing them remains a costly process. Crystallisation is the way forward, say EU-funded researchers working on an innovation that could make it easier, greener and far more affordable.
  • 03.07.2018 - 02:00

    Research Headlines - Repairing cartilage damage with a little help from 3D printing

    Roughly 151 million people worldwide suffer from osteoarthritis, meaning that they experience chronic pain, reduced mobility and limited quality of life. Attempts to repair cartilage thus far have offered limited functionality and only temporary pain reduction. The usual course of action is therefore to replace the entire joint, rather than repair the damaged cartilage. A team of researchers from the EU and Australia is however working on a promising alternative in which 3D printing plays a key role.
  • 28.06.2018 - 02:00

    Research Headlines - Quicker diagnoses thanks to medical imaging boost

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI is a routine medical technique used to form pictures of the inner workings of the body for diagnosis. An EU-funded project seeks to massively boost the information MRI can deliver to doctors - potentially helping them to better diagnose and treat patients.
  • 28.06.2018 - 02:00

    Research Headlines - Unlocking the door to oncology and neuropsychiatry data analysis

    A huge amount of biological knowledge and clinical data is incrementally generated, but this wealth of information is not fully exploited - while bioinformatics tools exist, they are currently underused. EU-funded researchers are now developing applications that will make it easier for translational scientists to access the data and use it for research that will improve healthcare.
  • 27.06.2018 - 02:00

    Research Headlines - Joint research tackles smoking and TB, a 'colliding epidemic'

    Tuberculosis (TB) and tobacco-related lung disease kill millions around the world every year. What if programmes to stop one could target the other, too? An international initiative, including partners from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal is doing just that, blending effective yet affordable tobacco cessation strategies with TB control programmes.
  • 26.06.2018 - 02:00

    Research Headlines - What the heart wants ...smarter monitoring systems

    Abnormal heart rhythm is a major cause of cardiovascular disease and death in Europe. An EU-supported programme has made several advances in wearable technology to more comfortably monitor the heart over longer periods, in the hope of saving lives and cutting treatment costs.
  • 25.06.2018 - 02:00

    Research Headlines - Could older antibiotics help tackle drug resistance?

    EU-funded researchers have analysed the efficacy and required dosage of several antibiotics licensed decades ago. Their findings could enable doctors to prescribe certain drugs with greater confidence and strengthen EU efforts to tackle the growing problem of drug resistance.