Projects

The SPARK program in Berlin was founded in 2014. Since 2015, 34 projects received funding for a period of 1-2 years. 60 projects were invited to benefit from the SPARK mentoring program.

In fall 2019, we onboarded 9 new teams and their translational projects into the SPARK program. 3 teams and their projects receive I4H funding. More detailed information and a complete list of our 2019 SPARKees and their translational projects will follow soon.

 

 

Funded Projects 2019

Pharma

 

[Track 2]

Gabriele Pecher - New advanced therapy medicinal product (ATMP) for the therapy of soild tumors

Antonio Pezzutto - Development of MYD88 mutation-specific TCR-gene therapy for treatment of Diffuse Large- and primary CNS B-cell Lymphoma

 

[Track 1]

Anita Balázs - Strategies to activate the SLC26A9 chloride channel as a novel therapeutic target in cystic fibrosis

Reinhold Schäfer - Antagonists of a chromatin-modulating transcription factor - Anti-cancer validation in patient-derived canceroids

Sarah-Christin Starossom - CLiP-mediated central nervous system regeneration

 

Medical Devices

 

[Track 2]

Panagiotis Fikatas - Development of a stapler for solid organs

 

[Track 1]

Marcus Granegger - ShuttlePump - A pulsatile valveless total artificial heart

 

[I4H]

Boris Schmitt

Diagnostics

 

[I4H]

Angela Relógio - Circadian Clock

Digital Health

 

[I4H]

Jessica Olschewski - medu+ - Your Digital Therapy Support

 

 

 

Funded Projects 2018

Pharma

 

[Track 2]

Karoline Krause- Developing new therapies for inflammatory diseases

Peter Kühnen - MC4R agonist treatment of patients with monogenic obesity

Jane Reznick - Developing new drugs for metabolic syndrome

Ulrike Stein - Combinatorial treatment for repositioned drugs for metastatic colon cancer

Simone Spuler - We build muscle – the human muscle stem cell

 

[Track 1]

Wolfgang Böhmerle - Prevention of paclitaxel-related neurotoxicity

Regine Heilbronn - Gene therapy for treatment of focal epilepsy

Karoline Krause - New treatment strategies for rare autoinflammatory diseases

Alessandro Prigione / Markus Schülke - iPSC-based drug discovery of Leigh syndrome

Kostja Renko - Type 3 deiodinase inhibitor for cancer treatment

Simone Rhein - T-cell receptor gene therapy for CD22-positive B cell malignancies

Chiara Romagnani - Peptide-based vaccination targeting innate responses

 

 

Medical Devices

 

[Track 2]

Panagiotis Fikatas - Device for ready-prepared surgical knots

 

[Track 1]

Alessandro Faragli - Device for assessing hydration status in cardiology patients

 

 

Diagnostics

 

[Track 2]

Andreas Kaufmann - Cervical HPV and dysplasia screening test

 

[Track 1]

Annette Moter - Validation of FISH controls for automated endocarditis diagnostics



Digital Health

 

[Track 2]

Alexander Meyer - Predicting post-operative complications in real-time

 

[Track 1]

Anja Hennemuth - MINIMA - Image-based Support of Minimal-Invasive Mitral Valve Repair

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