The reversible drying is a natural and physiological phenomenon
DRYNET (Setting an interdisciplinary/sectorial/international research network to explore dry storage as an alternative strategy for cells/germplasm biobanking) is a programme funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange - Grant agreement No 734434.
The number of biobanks for diagnostic/clinical/biodiversity preservation purposes is increasing exponentially, representing an economic burden for the EU. Cryopreservation (Liquid Nitrogen LN) is the only cells/gametes long-term repository method. LN storage is expensive though, requires dedicated facilities, is hazardous, carries pathogens and has high carbon footprint.
DRYNET objective is to set an inter-sectorial/multidisciplinary/international network between EU academic (5), SME (3), the EU pan-Biobank, and international partners (Japan/Thailand), with the aim of sharing knowhow & expertise to lay down the theoretical and early empirical basis for the dry storage of cells/germplasm.
DRYNET merges the partner’s expertise, theoretical/ biophysical/ mathematical modelling, cellular/ molecular/ insect biology, embryology, mechanical engineering into a coherent approach towards dry storage of cells/germplasm. International/inter-sectorial secondments, with meeting/workshop/summer school will be primary tools to implement our strategy for biobanking.
DRYNET is the first step toward turning biobanking into a widespread and accessible
technology with considerable cost saving and low environmental impact.
DRYNET will explores alternative storage options based on water subtraction techniques to induce reversible block of macromolecular interactions, allowing cells storage at non-cryogenic temperatures
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie "Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)" - Grant agreement No 734434