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Sepsis II: Advancing biomarker use in sepsis management
Competition for collaborative R&D funding September 2011

Detection & Identification of Infectious Agents Innovation Platform

Our HealthTech and Medicines Knowledge Transfer Network will be organising events and providing further information on this competition. The scope of the competition will include projects that aim to evaluate how biomarkers could be used more effectively to support and inform clinical decisions. The competition opens on 26 September 2011. all three are complementary but this competition and ‘Sepsis I: Multi-pathogen detection and/or simple discrimination’. and offering networking and consortia-building opportunities. are expected. in partnership with the Department of Health (DH). It is envisaged that applicants will establish relationships with clinical experts and microbiologists to discuss appropriate access to patient samples. The Ministry of Defence and the Home Office have also expressed an interest in funding this competition. This competition will support projects that will advance this field as outlined in the scope. The mortality rate from severe sepsis is 28-50%.000 deaths. death and illness due to infectious agents in humans and animals by encouraging the development and clinical adoption of commercially viable diagnostic devices that will create business opportunity and wealth in the UK. Applicants may carry out clinically-linked laboratory-based research and development to understand the role that biomarkers could play in the management of sepsis or develop tests (of proven clinical significance) on point-of-care (POC) devices. The sequential combination of the two would be in scope but applicants should be aware that projects asking for a high percentage of the funds available will need to be exceptional. recognised as a factor in the development of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens. See https://ktn.org/web/healthktn The registration deadline is 1 November 2011 and expressions of interest must be received by 9 November 2011. and to ensure that the project design could give rise to a new generation of products of value to healthcare workers in decreasing the impact of sepsis. but low diagnostic rates and difficulties in tracking it in many countries mean that the true figure is likely to be significantly higher. setting off a series of reactions that can lead to widespread inflammation and blood clots in vital organs. Markers can include physical measurements such as temperature as well as biological molecules. The important thing is to understand how markers can assist clinicians in the management of patients. Background and Challenges The DIIA Innovation Platform aims to reduce the economic burden.00064. This competition has been designed following a number of workshops supported by the Technology Strategy Board with advice from the innovation platform’s steering group and other key opinion leaders and experts.Sepsis II: Advancing biomarker use in sepsis management Competition for collaborative R&D funding The Technology Strategy Board. In the UK. We expect most applications will be for applied research attracting up to 50% of the total project costs. are especially linked and aim to provide a comprehensive portfolio of projects to improve the future diagnosis and management of infectious diseases and sepsis.innovateuk. but some work packages in the industry-orientated basic research category. Projects should last up to three years. 02  |  Technology Strategy Board . sepsis costs the NHS about £2. It can be triggered by bacterial.3bn a year and causes 36. There are three competitions in the DIIA innovation platform’s second series of competitions. Addressing sepsis effectively may also reduce the inappropriate use of antibiotics. which can attract up to 75% public funding. a life-threatening illness caused by the body overreacting to an infection. There is universal agreement that in the area of sepsis the diagnostic tools available to the clinician today are inadequate and/or would benefit from further development. viral or fungal infection. One of the priorities identified by DH for the innovation platform is sepsis. Patients with severe sepsis use 46% of all intensive care unit bed days and the risk of death increases by 6-10% every hour from onset of septic shock to the start of effective treatment. The body’s immune system goes into overdrive. Estimates of 18 million cases have been made. Numerous biomarkers have been identified that may Scope The term biomarker should be interpreted in its broadest sense and may include the evaluation of multiple markers in combination. aid clinicians in the management of sepsis but few have been thoroughly evaluated in a clinical setting.5m in collaborative research and development to advance the effective use of biomarkers in the management of sepsis. The documented incidence of sepsis worldwide is 1.8 million cases per year. and which is a DH priority. Proposals should be collaborative and business-led. decisions will be made on a project-by-project basis. is to invest up to £2.

50% and 25% of total project costs respectively). We will look at the optional EOI and provide feedback to applicants.Sepsis II:Advancing biomarker use in sepsis management Competition for collaborative R&D fundinG In scope K Measuring biomarkers to evaluate how they may be used to support clinical decisions: K the biomarkers included in the project should be identified upfront from literature or in-house research and development K companies can measure multiple biomarkers and develop algorithms to ascertain how they could be used in combination to maximise clinical utility K applicants are not expected to develop products but to advance this field by determining the role that biomarker measurement could play in the management of sepsis K consortia should ensure that any longitudinal studies have sufficient statistical power to advance the field. applicants must register on 1 November 2011 and compulsory expressions of interest (EOIs) must be submitted by 9 November 2011. Projects must be business-led and academics can apply only as a collaboration partner in a consortium. Supported by strong clinical data (which applicants may hold internally). Applicants may take advantage of this up to 10 working days before the deadline for the submission of the compulsory EOI.org/connect) and search for DIIA activities under the HealthTech and Medicines Knowledge Transfer Network Compulsory expressions of interest deadline Stage 2 opens (for invited applications) Full stage applicants’ briefing (for invited applicants) Deadline for receipt of full applications Applicants informed Technology Strategy Board  |  03 . Funding allocation and project details We have allocated up to £2. This is a two-stage competition: Stage 1: a  pplicant submits an expression of interest Stage 2: w  e invite selected applicants to submit a full application. Key dates Competition opens Briefing day Optional expressions of interest deadline Registration deadline 26 September 2011 5 October 2011 27 October 2011 noon 1 November 2011 noon 9 November 2011 noon 5 December 2011 14 December 2011 25 January 2012 noon 24 February 2012 Looking for partners to work on your project? Go to _connect (www. Applicants submit a compulsory EOI which is assessed by an independent panel of experts. taking into account the total funding available. Projects must be collaborative and can involve science-to-business or businessto-business interactions. Applicants should ask for the level of funding required to achieve their objectives. Note that ALL deadlines are at noon Out of scope K novel biomarker discovery incorporating.5m to fund collaborative R&D projects that are within the scope of this competition. For this competition we anticipate that most applications will focus on applied research but some work packages in the industry-orientated basic research category are expected. The second stage for invited applications will open 5 December 2011 and closes on 25 January 2012. The most important thing is how the proposals respond to the challenge.innovateuk. companies may put markers onto their POC platforms. We will consider both small and large projects. Definitions of the above categories of research can be found in the Guidance for Applicants. Projects can range from industryorientated basic research through applied research to experimental development (attracting up to 75%. The Technology Strategy Board’s assessors will comment on value for money. As a result selected applicants are invited to submit a full application. K Putting markers of known clinical utility on POC systems. The competition will open on 26 September 2011. proteomics or approaches that explore the fundamental pathogenesis of disease K animal studies K demonstrating proof of concept of new detection technologies. The process gives applicants the opportunity to make an initial optional EOI before submitting their compulsory EOI application. for example.

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