A4B – Analytics for Biologics

The Analytics for Biologics (A4B) project is a Europe-wide innovative training network (ITN). Funded by the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action ITN 2017 of the European Commission (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017), the graduate school A4B offers a specific training program for the production, purification, and analysis of therapeutic protein species.

The A4B project is composed of 11 consortium members and 6 industrial partners.

Objective

The market for therapeutic Proteins (TPs) is rapidly growing, causing a high demand in specialists in the field of protein production and analysis. Production of TPs is associated with the generation of a mixture of very similar TP species (TP-S). Some of them are poorly effective or even harmful, with side effects up to life threatening allergic shocks.

A4B aims for the development of methods for effective removal of TP-S with improved purification methods and the development respective analytical tools to qualitatively and quantitatively detect the diverse TP-S.

A4B employs 15 early-stage researchers (PhD students) with the aim to produce the much-needed specialists in the field of therapeutic proteins (TP). Within their respective project, each PhD student will receive a background in production, analysis and economic exploitation of TPs, and training in relevant soft skills.

Training events

A4B hosts dedicated training schools, soft skills training sessions and a number of workshops at the different partner institutions for the early-stage researchers.