European Liquid Biopsies Academy – Towards widespread clinical application of blood-based diagnostic tools

ITN (Innovative Training Network)

ELBA is funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme. Grant Agreement No 765492.

01/01/2018 – 31/12/2021 (4 years)

VU University Medical Center


University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

Catalan Institute of Oncology

Champalimaud Research

University Medical Center of Montpellier

University of Plovdiv

University of Granada

Pangaea Biotech Sl

University of Twente

University of Sofia ‘St Kliment Ohridski’

University of Padova

IZON Science Limited


TATAA Biocenter ab

GenomeScan B.V.

European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC)

Why it matters

During a tissue biopsy, a sample of cells is removed from the body to determine the presence, cause or extent of cancer. Liquid biopsies are blood tests offering a minimally invasive, safe and sensitive alternative or complementary approach to tissue biopsies. However, the development and commercialisation of liquid biopsy approaches are currently hampered by various obstacles.

ELBA will educate 15 Early Stage Researchers with the skills to face these obstacles in key disciplines of molecular biology and medicine, bioinformatics, biostatics, mathematics, computer science, social sciences, health economics and technology assessment. ELBA will make scientific advances towards widespread implementation of blood-based diagnostics tests, create a sustainable network to foster long-term multidisciplinary relationships to accelerate clinical translation of blood-based diagnostics tests and publish a roadmap towards liquid biopsy test development.

What ECPC does

ECPC provides the Early Stage Researchers with training courses and workshops on communicating complex research results to a public audience, understanding the patient perspective, and scientific writing. ECPC uses its communication channels to share information about the project, its results and its participants. ECPC is also represented on the Project Advisory Board to monitor project progress and provide input on the design and direction.

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This project is funded by the European Union