Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin is recognised internationally as Ireland’s leading university and is ranked in 101st position by the QS World University Rankings 2022. TCD has considerable success and experience in research funding, especially in EU programmes, having drawn down over €159 million in funding from Horizon 2020.

Principal Investigators:
Prof. Michael Monaghan – Prof. Mimi Zhang

Politecnico di Milano

Politecnico di Milano (Polimi) is a state scientific-technological university established in 1863 which trains engineers, architects and industrial designers. Polimi is one of the leading Italian research centres characterized by the combination of theoretical bases of excellence and first-rate research infrastructures providing the possibility of wide variety of experimental research.

Principal Investigators:
Prof. Manuela T. Raimondi – Dr. Emanuela Jacchetti

University of Tübingen

University of Tübingen has been a place of top-level research and excellent teaching for more than 500 years. UT is one of the oldest universities in Europe, and a leading center of German university medicine.

Principal Investigators:
Prof. Dr. Katja Schenke-Layland – Dr. Julia Marzi

Universiteit Gent

Ghent University is ranked 66st in the Shanghai and 96th in the Times rankings. The University has participated in 263 research projects in the Seventh Framework Programme, of which it coordinated 35 collaborative projects.

Principal Investigator:
Prof. Ruslan I. Dmitriev

Netherlands Cancer Institute

Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) is an integrated cancer hospital and research institute with more than 750 researchers and research support staff serviced by general staff departments. The interaction between clinic and research institute is very intense offering ample opportunities for research with human data and material as well as testing new concepts in a clinical setting.

Principal Investigators:
Prof. dr. Kees Jalink 

University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen is one of the largest institutions of research and education in the Nordic countries and ranked as one of the leading universities globally with the most recent Shanghai Rankings (2020) placing UCPH as No. 33 worldwide and No. 7 in Europe. UCPH participates actively in European funding programmes and to date participates in more than 680 Horizon2020 projects

Principal Investigators:
Prof. Dr. Michael Kühl

Associate partners

King’s College London

King’s College London is ranked as 35th in the world (2016/17 QS World University Rankings) and among the oldest in England. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684M.

Principal Investigators:
Prof S. M. Ameer-Beg – Prof Maddy Parsons 
Dr Alessandro Esposito

Leica GmbH

Leica Microsystems is a global leader in the development and manufacture of microscopes and high-tech precision optical systems. Founded in the 19th century as a family business in Wetzlar (Germany), Leica Microsystems is a global company whose innovative products and technologies have received multiple awards. According to the motto “with the user, for the user”, forward-looking products are created in close cooperation with scientists and partners, which are tailored to the needs of microscope users.

Natural and Medical Sciences Institute

The Natural and Medial Sciences Institute (NMI) was founded in 1985 and is a non-profit foundation. As a member of the Innovation Alliance Baden-Württemberg the NMI is involved in application-oriented research at the interface between the life sciences and material science. As a stable bridge between science and industry, the NMI drives the transfer of knowledge and technology into practice. In addition to supporting spin-offs, SMEs and large companies, the institute also functions as a successful incubator for start-ups.

PicoQuant GmBH

PicoQuant is a leading research and development company specialized in optoelectronics and fluorescence based applications, dedicated to development and production of advanced scientific instruments. It is strongly engaged in the training of young researchers and the support of scientific knowledge exchange. PQ operates comprehensively equipped application labs for its research activities.

Lambert Instruments PIC

Lambert Instruments, a Dutch SME founded in 1992, develops and manufactures imaging systems based on image intensifiers. Our main focus is on time resolved imaging, which is expressed in our key products: the LIFA system for Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy, and the HiCAM for high speed imaging at the low light levels typically encountered in fluorescence microscopy. Both systems allow the user to study processes that take place at the nanosecond time scale, by making use of the rapid electronic shuttering capability of the image intensifier component.


MOAB S.r.l. is a spin-off company of Polytechnic University in Milano, funded in 2019. This company has already acquired the license for two patents from Polytechnic, employed one young biotechnologist and started the commercialisation of the MOAB device. MOAB S.r.l. currenty commercialises the MOAB bioreactor in two product versions, i.e. with and without the nichoid substrate integrated within.