Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics Wins Two Horizon 2020 Grants


The Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics of Ukraine has announced the signing of agreements for the implementation of two Horizon 2020 projects:

BIONANOSENS - Deepening collaboration on novel biomolecular electronics based on “smart” nanomaterials

The Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics (IMBG) is one of the leading research centres in Ukraine in the field of analytical biotechnology, with a great potential for the development of market-driven innovations. With the support of high-profile research and innovation (R&I) institutes from Europe, which, together with IMBG form the BIONANOSENS consortium, the Ukrainian institute should be positioned as an international Centre for Excellence in analytical biotechnology also beyond national borders. BIONANOSENS implements tailor-made twinning actions helping to build and strengthen capacities at the beneficiary’s end. Both the overall goal and the single objectives related to it (to establish institutional grant management procedures, better access to international networks, project proposal writing services, promotion and training of young researchers, service and facilitation to the dissemination and exploitation of research results etc.) are taking into full account IMBG’s current operational situation. BIONANOSENS further exploits the findings of a SWOT analysis, which was conducted for IMBG from 2012 to 2013 as part of the COMBIOM project (FP7). All activities are carried out against the state-of-the-art standards in managing EU funded R&I projects – including Responsible Research and Innovation, gender balance, open access (data management, Intellectual Property management), exploitation and commercialisation orientation, and ethics.

IMBG is the coordinator of the project. The other participants are: Claude Bernard University Lyon 1  and Lyon Ingénierie Projets (France), Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf research laboratory (Germany), and Zentrum für Soziale Innovation - Center for Social Innovatio (Austria).

Waste 2 Fresh - Developing a closed loop recycling system for wastewater from textile manufacturing factories  

The Department of Biomolecular Electronics will be part of a European consortium (17 partners) whose aim is to improve the environmental situation in Europe.

The Waste2Fresh system will integrate novel and innovative catalytic degradation approaches with highly selective separation and extraction techniques to deliver a closed loop system that assures near-zero discharge and reduces current use of freshwater resources. The system will ultimately lead to considerable environmental gains weighted against EU and global environmental footprints.

The main task of IMBG with other partners is the design and development of real-time monitoring and an AI-enabled model predictive control (MPC) system that will be implemented to monitor key performance indicator of the wastewater treatment process.

The project manager from IMBG is Viktoriya Pyeshkova - a US-Ukraine Foundation 2018 Emerging Biotech Leader and travel grant winner.