eCHO Systems

“This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 642663”

The eCHO Systems international training network (ITN) is a collaborative effort of four academic and 15 industrial partners, jointly training 15 PhDs, seeking to significantly advance the CHO cell platform for production of biopharmaceuticals. Chinese hamster (CHO) ovary cells are the production host for a +50 billion €/yr biopharmaceuticals market. Our primary goal is the development and application of synthetic and systems biology tools to develop the next generation of these cell factories.


Five partners hired candidates for this project:

  • Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

  • University of Kent (UoK)

  • Dublin City University (DCU)

  •  acib GmbH / BOKU 

  •  UCB Pharma SA


The ITN program has a strong focus on public-private partnerships, and thus are all candidates either based at a company or have one or more periods of secondment with a company partner. All candidates have been assigned an industrial mentor to help focus on applicability of the research results seen from an industrial perspective.


All candidates are going through a defined training program taking courses in cell culture, systems biology, state-of-the-art analytical technologies, and bio-based entrepreneurship. More information can be found in the "Training" section.



Innovative training network (ITN)