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The Eurostars program supports the Dutch start-up Oncodrone with fresh money to bring its metastasis-blocking drug towards clinical trials.
Even with a promising technology, it’s not easy to succeed in the biotech field. The Eurostars program helps small companies through the tough starting phase. This year, the 2013 founded biotech start-up Oncodrone gets a 2.5 million grant that will allow it to bring its one and only drug OCD155 through pre-clinical development.The drug addresses the most terrifying feature of cancer: the ability to spread throughout the body. To do this, it inhibits a process called epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). As the name says, epithelial cells gain characteristics from mesenchymal cells during this procedure, such as high mobility. This property is crucial for cancer cells to migrate.
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