IBEC to launch Faster Future, a new fundraising initiative, on Giving Tuesday

Next week IBEC will launch Faster Future, a new crowdfunding initiative that aims to help accelerate research projects that are close to tackling major challenges in health.

This year, Faster Future will be raising money for 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 campaign, which will open on Giving Tuesday, will aim 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.

** Update: The Faster Future website is now open for donations! **

IBEC in the Media: http://www.lavanguardia.com/vida/20171122/433078894165/el-ibec-precisa-25000-euros-para-ensayar-biosensores-en-tejidos-musculares.html