Project: Standardisation of concentration measurements of extracellular vesicles for medical diagnoses

Acronym METVES II (Reference Number: 18HLT01)
Duration 01/06/2019 - 31/05/2022
Project Topic Early diseases diagnosis is generally advantageous for patients compared to late-stage interventions, providing better clinical outcomes. In addition, treatment costs can be significantly lower than treatments after late-stage diagnoses. Clinicians can identify many types of diseases by testing for so-called biomarkers in various body fluid types, including blood, using the flow cytometry (FCM) technique. Extra-cellular vesicles (EVs), that are present in many body fluids, offer potential as a new biomarker. Flow cytometry (FCM) instrumentation, however, needs calibration with reference materials to make EV measurements comparable, so clinicians can be confident in this biomarker in diagnostics. This project aims to improve the accuracy of flow cytometry methods for extra-cellular vesicle measurements to validate this biomarker for reliable clinical use. Well-characterised, synthetic reference materials mimicking EV properties and related measurement methods will be developed to enable more harmonised FCM calibration. The project will deliver better diagnostics for patients and support development of new measurement facilities at National Measurement Institutes and Designated Institutes across Europe.
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 VSL B.V. Coordinator Netherlands
2 Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung Partner Germany
3 LGC Limited Partner United Kingdom
4 Laboratoire national de métrologie et d'essais Partner France
5 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
6 Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy Partner Finland
7 Academisch Medisch Centrum bij de Universiteit van Amsterdam Partner Netherlands
8 Exometry B.V. Partner Netherlands
9 Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Természettudományi Kutatóközpont Partner Hungary
10 Helsingin Yliopisto Partner Finland
11 BD Switzerland Sàrl Observer Switzerland
12 PolyAn Gesellschaft zur Herstellung von Polymeren für spezielle Anwendungen und Analytik mbH Observer Germany