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Applied venomics of the cone snail species Conus consors for the accelerated, cheaper, safer and more ethical production of innovative biomedical drugs

 

 

 

Date/ Duration

2007-2012, 66 months

Funding

6th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development of the European Commission (FP6); Integrated Project (IP)

Budget

15'619'954 €

Partner

20 companies and universities from 13 countries

 

 

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Description

CONCO was a European FP6 project with twenty partners, coordinated by the Geneva Biotech-SME Atheris Laboratories. The project explored the natural peptides of cone snails (Conus Consors) and tried to develop new drugs out of them.

Just like certain insects, arachnids and frogs, the cone snails produce numerous toxins. Cone snails, which hide in gorgeous shells, shoot their prey with arrows. The toxin does not only paralyse the prey, but also protects the snail from natural enemies.

CONCO aimed to characterise the bioactive compounds – from the genome to the point of a potential therapeutic property. The genome, the transcriptome and the proteome of Conus Consors and other related species were researched. The venomous animals analysed and put in proteomic studies. The biological activity of the obtained libraries was tested for its therapeutic potential and the active molecules optimised and approved in in vitro and in vivo models.

But the project not only served science. A major goal of CONCO was also to inform the public and therefore preserve biodiversity.

A 52 minutes documentary has been produced to take you in the world of cone snails and the CONCO project. It will be released in a few weeks. We will keep you informed.

Tasks EUrelations AG

EUrelations contributed substantially to the preparation of the successful proposal. EUrelations itself was partner in the project, supported the management and fulfilled certain dissemination activities.