Philips leads €15.9m project to develop image-guided drug-delivery technology

30 January 2009

Royal Philips Electronics is leading a major new European project to develop drug-delivery technologies that could change the way treatment for cancer and cardiovascular disease is delivered.

By delivering drugs directly to disease sites via the patient’s bloodstream that are then activated by focused ultrasound pulses, the SonoDrugs project aims to maximize the therapeutic efficiency and minimize the side effects of drug treatments for cancer and cardiovascular disease. The hope is that this level of control will also provide a means of tailoring the therapy to individual patients.

The SonoDrugs project is a partnership between 15 European Union-based industrial partners, university medical centres, and academic institutions. It will run for four years and has a budget of €15.9 million, €10.9 million of which is funded under the EU’s 7th Framework program.

The SonoDrugs project has a two-pronged approach: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guidance and ultrasound guidance. The MRI-guided drug delivery will focus on cancer treatments.

Members of the SonoDrugs consortium are:

  • industrial partners Philips (The Netherlands, Germany and Finland), Nanobiotix (France) and Lipoid (Germany);
  • university medical centres: Erasmus Medical Center (The Netherlands) and Universitäts Klinikum Münster (Germany); and
  • academic institutions: University of Cyprus (Cyprus), University of Gent (Belgium), University of Helsinki (Finland), University of London (United Kingdom), University of Tours (France), University Victor Segalen Bordeaux (France), University of Technology Eindhoven (The Netherlands) and the University of Udine (Italy).

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