18 January 2010 Welcome a New STReP

Meeting at ICFO

ICFO hosts the project kick-off meeting for SPEDOC. Surface Plasmon Early Detection of Circulation Heat Shock Proteins (SPEDOC) is a freshly launched Specific Targeted Research Project (STReP) funded by the European Community under the Seventh Framework Programme. It involves the collaborative participation of five research institutions and companies from France, Switzerland, and Spain, all coordinated by ICFO Group Leader and ICREA Professor Romain Quidant.

The goal of the three year project is the early detection of cancer by combining the latest advances of nano-optics, optical manipulation, and microfluidics with the ultimate findings on the heat shock protein HSP70 –recently shown to increase its expression in cancer cells. Ultrasensitive tracking of HSP70 proteins may yield to future devices enabling point of care diagnosis and eventually lead to individualized therapy.

The project kick-off meeting took place on January 13th, 2010 at ICFO and held the participation of representatives from the involved members, including Université de Bourgogne, Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM), from France; Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), from Switzerland; and the company COSINGO-Imagine Optic Spain.