Extracellular Vesicles from a natural source for tailor-made nanomaterials

Acronym: VES4US 

VES4US is a project funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission under the Future Emerging Technology (FET) open call. The goal is to develop a radically new platform for the efficient production and functionalization of EVs from microalgae. 

VES4US consortium is led by the National Research Council of Italy and consists of five multidisciplinary academic partners and a consultancy firm from five European countries. The other partners are the Institute of Technology Sligo (Ireland), The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Switzerland), the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Germany), and ZABALA Innovation Consulting (Spain). 

Secretion of extracellular vesicles (EVs) is ubiquitous in all three domains of life. Therefore, it is not surprising that EVs are universally present from the extracellular milieu of cells to oceans and soil environments. This has triggered the VES4US consortium to invest in the development of a microalgae-derived EV production method. 

In this context, EVs &MS laboratory leader of WP2 of VES4US develops an innovative technology to overcome the limitations of the widely used methods that include; low recovery yield, the need for sophisticated instrumentation and specific expertise, as well as the low reproducibility of the isolation methods and the problems associated with all stages of the scaling-up. Moreover, EVs & MS laboratory is involved in the proteomic characterization of nanoalgosomes using advanced quantitative proteomics methods. 
Link to website: https://ves4us.eu/  
This Project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 801338 

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