Research consortium awarded EUR 6.3m EU grant for personalised cancer treatment

Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology, together with its consortium partners, today announced that it has been awarded a EUR 6.3 million Horizon 2020 EU research grant to develop an integrated approach for personalised cancer treatment.

  • Four-year research project aims to increase accuracy of both genetic and functional characterization of primary breast and rectal cancer
  • Clinical research studies to be carried out at University Medical Center Utrecht (the Netherlands) and the Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (France)

The four-year research project, ‘Liquid biopsies and IMAging for improved cancer care’ (LIMA), aims to increase the accuracy of both genetic and functional characterisation of primary breast cancer and rectal cancer by combining two diagnostic technologies: advanced blood tests called liquid biopsy and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The clinical research studies will be carried out at the University Medical Center Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht in the Netherlands, and the Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale in France.

Integrating personalised treatment into the clinical workflow

Each patient and tumor is unique, and often a treatment that’s effective for one patient will be ineffective for another. The LIMA project aims to develop and validate tools and techniques that can be applied during the early stages of cancer treatment. This may enable clinicians to better understand the effectiveness of their approach, and to potentially adapt further steps in the individual treatment of the patient.

Liquid biopsies, advanced laboratory analysis based on routinely drawn blood samples, support diagnosis by providing in-depth genetic information about tumors and metastases in the body. The analysis can be based on circulating…