Project: New MAGnetic Biomaterials for Brain Repair and Imaging after Stroke

Acronym MAGBBRIS (Reference Number: EURONANOMED2017-185)
Duration 01/01/2018
Project Topic By engineering novel magnetic nano-biomaterials we will achieve tissue repair in the context of an ischemic event. We will take advantage of nanotechnology to deliver therapeutic growth factors, secreted by progenitor cells, into the injured brain. According to the World Health Organization, 15 million persons suffer a stroke worldwide each year. However, the only available treatment is the acute thrombolytic therapy (pharmacological or mechanical) which is being administered to less than 10% of stroke patients due to strict selection criteria. In contrast, neuro-repair treatments could offer the opportunity to include most stroke patients by extending the therapeutic time window. MAGBBRIS will demonstrate that growth factors, secreted by endothelial progenitor cells, with proved potential to induce tissue repair, can be encapsulated in magnetic biomaterials and be successfully and safely transplanted into mouse brains to induce tissue repair. In the ischemic brain, the secretome will be retained by an external magnetic field in the vasculature, improving vascular remodelling and neurogenic tissue regeneration after stroke. Our approach will provide an advanced therapy that could be translated to a clinical stage as noninvasive, safe and available to most stroke patients. Biomaterials will be validated including among others aspects cytotoxicity and therapeutic properties both in vitro and in vivo; advanced imaging techniques (PET, MRI and OI) will be used to monitor and guide the delivery of the biomaterials and to assess the therapeutic effect in vivo over time in a mouse model of cerebral ischemia. We will test the potential translation to humans by proving the feasibility of secretome production to industry level in accordance with GMP standards, and by designing a wearable magnetic device prototype for stroke patients. This consortium is made up by highly multidisciplinary materials-science, biomedical and clinical research with industrial partnership.
Network EuroNanoMed III
Call Joint Transnational Call for Proposals (2017) for “European Innovative Research & Technological Development Projects in Nanomedicine”

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Vall d'Hebron Research Institute Coordinator Spain
2 Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) Partner Spain
3 University of Artois, Faculty Jean Perrin Partner France
4 Ospedale San Raffaele IRCCS Partner Italy
5 Pure Biologics Ltd Partner Poland
6 Institute of experimental physics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, SAS Partner Slovakia