On February 14th 2017 the UCB facilities in Brussels hosted the Echo Systems Marie Skłodowska Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) for discussing and submitting the mid-term review, along with a tour of the impressive UCB headquarters and manufacturing site harbouring modern small and large scale biotherapeutic Manufacture processes.
The mid-term review is a great opportunity for the ESRS and PIs to demonstrate that they are on the right track and grow new collaborations based on their evolving projects. Also, it is given us a chance two present our work to a competent and knowledgeable panel which consisted of our peers, the Project Officer and External Reviewer. In total, 15 ESRS presented their 1.5 years of PhD work ranging from metabolic modeling and genomics two secretory engineering and cell line development tool.
Since the beginning of the program consortium boasts with:
After all the ESRS presented their work, the PIs and students had discussions with the review board to talk about concerns and share experiences in an open fashion before having a joint discussion on the strengths and flaws of our ITN. Our external reviewers were overall impressed by the positive feedback from the ESRS concerning the quality of the training events and the internal collaborations between the work packages highlighting the benefit of having a consortium.
Written by: Ly Ngoc Nguyen and Linas Tamošaitis