Faster Future 2017 now open for donations

The website of Faster Future, IBEC’s brand new fundraising programme, is now accepting donations.

The initiative, which is being launched this year in time for Giving Tuesday, aims to raise money to help accelerate research projects that are close to tackling major challenges in health.

The money donated via crowdfunding in this first edition will make possible the development of a new solution for muscular dystrophy being developed in Javier Ramon’s Biosensors for Bioengineering group. Their ‘muscle-on-a-chip’ will use a patient’s own cells to study myotonic dystrophy type 1, a progressive disability that begins in adulthood and affects 50,000 people in Spain alone. As well as modelling the patient’s disease in a personalized way, the platform will also allow the study of different drugs or treatments in conditions that mimic the body as closely as possible, as well as offering a more reliable alternative to animal models.

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The 2017 Faster Future campaign, which opens today and will remain open until 28th February, aims to raise the 25,000€ needed to carry out the last phases of the project: equipping the chip’s muscle tissue with biosensors, validating the platform and drug testing.

If at least 18,000€ is collected, these final phases could begin in January 2018, and a prototype of a muscular tissue platform on-a-chip could be available by the end of 2019.

This #GivingTuesday, please help us make this medicine of the future a reality!