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February 22nd 2024

CARE Partner perspectives – Cyril Dousson

CARE Partner perspectives - Cyril Dousson The Covid-19 pandemic is over so what is the value of CARE? Principal investigators comment on CARE's importance for future pandemic preparedness. Today, see the response from Cyril Dousson, CEO of Ai-biopharma. 
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February 15th 2024

CARE – Infographic: What is CARE?

CARE – Infographic: What is CARE? Do you need a quick overview of CARE? Check out this infographic for the key details of CARE at a glance. The infographic is also available here
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February 8th 2024

The faces behind the CARE work-packages – Panthéa Tzourio, WP8 Task Lead

The faces behind the CARE work-packages - Panthéa Tzourio, WP8 Task Lead CARE (Corona Accelerated R&D in Europe) is the largest European research initiative addressing the challenges of COVID-19. It is no surprise that it is designed in a comprehensive, yet agile, structure to fulfill the 38 partners’ shared key goals: (1) to identify therapeutics [...]
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February 1st 2024

The faces behind the CARE work-packages – Craig Fenwick, WP4 academic Lead

The faces behind the CARE work-packages - Craig Fenwick, WP4 academic Lead CARE (Corona Accelerated R&D in Europe) is the largest European research initiative addressing the challenges of COVID-19. It is no surprise that it is designed in a comprehensive, yet agile, structure to fulfill the 38 partners’ shared key goals: (1) to identify therapeutics [...]
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January 25th 2024

The faces behind the CARE work-packages – Richard Zwaal, WP1 EFPIA Lead

The faces behind the CARE work-packages - Richard Zwaal, WP1 EFPIA Lead CARE (Corona Accelerated R&D in Europe) is the largest European research initiative addressing the challenges of COVID-19. It is no surprise that it is designed in a comprehensive, yet agile, structure to fulfill the 38 partners’ shared key goals: (1) to identify therapeutics [...]
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January 18th 2024

New potent bisubtrate inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 nsp14 N7-Methyltransferase

New potent bisubtrate inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 nsp14 N7-Methyltransferase  The CARE partner Aix-Marseille University (AMU), in collaboration with other research groups, has published two articles pertaining to the development of new bisubstrate inhibitors against the SARS-CoV-2 nsp14 (N7-guanine)-methyltransferase (N7-MTase). This enzyme, which catalyses the transfer of the methyl group from the S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAM) cofactor to the [...]
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January 11th 2024

Preparing for future pandemics: outputs and progress resulting from a European Commission sponsored workshop in November 2022

Preparing for future pandemic: outputs and progress resulting from a European Commission (EC) sponsored workshop in November 2022 While Covid-19 is no longer deemed to be a pandemic, the risk of future pandemics remains. Application of lessons learned during our collective recent experience is vital to being in a stronger position to handle this situation [...]
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December 20th 2023

CARE 3rd External Newsletter is now available

CARE External Newsletter - December 2023 The new issue of our biannual newsletter is out. In this edition, we share the EC sponsored recommendations about pandemic preparedness and we introduce 2 CARE partners, i.e., Iktos, a SME, and LUMC, an academic organisation. Read the Newsletter here: CARE External Newsletter - December 2023
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November 30th 2023

Published in Journal of infection: a new potent, broad-spectrum antibody isolated

Published in Journal of infection: a new potent, broad-spectrum antibody isolated The CARE partner Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) isolated a broad-spectrum monoclonal antibody (mAb), named P4J15, which showed neutralizing activity against all variants including the latest XBB.2.3 and EG.5.1 sub-lineages, against which all authorized therapeutic mAbs have become almost completely ineffective.  The collaboration within [...]
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November 23rd 2023

Introducing Iktos – a CARE SME organisation

Introducing Iktos – a CARE SME organisation Iktos was founded in 2016 by Yann Gaston-Mathé, Quentin Perron and Nicolas Do Huu, to develop an innovative and user-friendly technology platform for deep learning-based de novo drug design, leveraging a proprietary algorithm developed by Quentin and Nicolas Iktos is an innovative company specializing in the development of [...]
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November 16th 2023

Introducing Ai-biopharma – a CARE SME organisation

Introducing Ai-biopharma – a CARE SME organisation Ai-biopharma was set up in 2018 by Dr Cyril B. Dousson. It is a Biopharma company which specializes in research into medicinal chemistry of preclinical drug candidates, based in France. Ai-biopharma is an early-stage small molecule drug discovery company advancing its antiviral programmes based on a proprietary Chemoinformatic [...]
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November 9th 2023

Introducing Leiden University Medical Center – a CARE academic organisation

Introducing Leiden University Medical Center  – a CARE academic organisation The LUMC has a long history and has its origins in the 16th century when in 1575, following a year-long siege, William of Orange granted Leiden the right to have a university. The university started with 3 faculties: Law, Theology and Medicine. In 1996, the Leiden University [...]
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November 2nd 2023

Inserm VRI-led research reveals predictors of severe disease and long COVID symptoms

Inserm VRI-led research reveals predictors of severe disease and long COVID symptoms The CARE partner Inserm-VRI has recently published two articles pertaining to severe SARS-CoV-2 infected patients from the French COVID cohort. The first article delves into the severity of SARS-CoV2 infection, to identify markers associated with the extent of severity of SARS-CoV2 infection. The [...]
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October 31st 2023

One new deliverable available on CARE website

One new CARE deliverable is  now publicly available on CARE webpage “Resources“ How far has CARE progressed with its anti-coronavirus small molecule development?  Read about screening cascades for hit discovery and the hit development programmes currently ongoing in CARE in the latest Portfolio report (D3.12).
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October 26th 2023

CARE latest annual project summary available

CARE latest annual project summary is  now publicly available on CARE webpage “Resources“ Do you wish to know more about the progress made by the CARE project? Read the summary for the third year of the project, presenting CARE’s main results achieved after three year of research (March 2023).
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October 19th 2023

About CARE’S Scientific and Ethics Advisory Board

About CARE’S Scientific and Ethics Advisory Board What is the SEAB? SEAB stands for Scientific and Ethics Advisory Board. It is an independent group, appointed by the CARE Steering Committee (SCOM) that can provide objective feedback on the activities and plans of the consortium in order to ensure its obligations are fulfilled.   Who is [...]
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October 12th 2023

An overview of SCORE – a small EU-funded consortium with many connections to CARE

SCORE (Swift COronavirus Therapeutics REsponse), a small EU-funded consortium of 8 partner organisations who also contribute to CARE, has successfully delivered pre-clinical proof of concept in six potential assets, published 40 papers to disseminate findings, and built a valuable SARS-CoV-2 specific toolset to aid further research Within the 30-month timeframe of the project, under the leadership of [...]
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October 5th 2023

CARE’s Young Researcher – Emmely Treffers

CARE’s Young Researchers – Introducing Emmely Treffers, Postdoctoral Researcher, LUMC Read about how Emmely’s work in proteomics of SARS-CoV-2 infected systems is growing our knowledge of how virus and host interact, in order to find novel ways to disrupt viral life cycle or counteract potential pathogenic host responses. CARE (Corona Accelerated R&D in Europe) is [...]
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September 28th 2023

CARE’s Young Researcher – Grace Beirne

CARE’s Young Researchers – Introducing Grace Beirne, PhD student, KU Leuven Read about how Grace’s work in System Dynamics Modelling will help optimize the set-up of future consortia CARE (Corona Accelerated R&D in Europe) is the largest European research initiative addressing the challenges of COVID-19. It comprises 38 partners, from both industry and academia, in a [...]
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September 21st 2023

CARE – Committed to the COVID-19 cause

CARE  - Committed to the COVID-19 cause In May 2023, the World Health Organisation announced that the COVID-19 pandemic “is now an established and ongoing health issue which no longer constitutes a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC)”, so should we still CARE? When CARE was initiated, the world was reacting to a rising [...]
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September 14th 2023

CARE presentation at 9th ESWI Influenza conference in Valencia

CARE presentation at 9th ESWI Influenza conference in Valencia Are you going to the 9th ESWI Influenza conference in Valencia next week? If so, you will have the opportunity to learn about a new SARS-CoV-2 inhibitor that is targeting the membrane protein. Do not hesitate to attend this presentation by CARE partner KU Leuven. Title [...]
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July 6th 2023

Published in Frontiers in Medicine: The application of data altruism in clinical research through empirical and legal analysis lenses

Published in Frontiers in Medicine: The application of data altruism in clinical research through empirical and legal analysis lenses The CARE partner KU Leuven has worked with clinical research stakeholders to understand their views and gain insights into the legal ramifications of the recently introduced concept of data altruism. This novel mechanism was introduced by [...]
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June 30th 2023

CARE 2nd External Newsletter is now available

CARE External Newsletter - June 2023 The new issue of our biannual newsletter is out. In this edition, you can learn about the value CARE is bringing in the light of the changing status of the pandemic; some interesting research into Post-COVID Condition (aka Long COVID); a profile of CARE partner #Ai-biopharma, and a summary [...]
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June 21st 2023

Published in PNAS: A broad-spectrum macrocyclic peptide inhibitor of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein

Published in PNAS: A broad-spectrum macrocyclic peptide inhibitor of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein The CARE partner Utrecht University, in collaboration with other research groups, has developed a spike-targeting macrocyclic peptide that demonstrated inhibition of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Structural, functional and bioinformatic analysis revealed the details of a conserved quaternary binding site. Consistent with this, the cyclic [...]
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June 8th 2023

Successful CARE 3rd Annual meeting

Succesful CARE 3rd Annual meeting We just finished a super exciting 3rd CARE annual meeting in Leuven, Belgium. Many thanks to the organizers from KUL and all participants for their great presentations and captivating discussions – this will inspire further acceleration of our most promising assets and research projects and help us to best react [...]
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June 1st 2023

CARE is meeting for its 3rd Annual meeting on June 6-7

CARE is meeting for its 3rd Annual meeting on June 6-7 CARE consortium eagerly awaits its third, in person annual meeting on 6-7 June 2023 in Leuven, Belgium. With all other interactions between the 38 partners taking place virtually, this annual event is a welcome opportunity for showcasing endeavours and achievements, as well as enabling [...]
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May 25th 2023

Published in J Clin Immunol: Persistence of abnormalities in the blood of convalescent COVID-19 patients until 6 months after hospital discharge

Published in J Clin Immunol: Persistence of abnormalities in the blood of convalescent COVID-19 patients until 6 months after hospital discharge The CARE partner Inserm-VRI (France), in collaboration with the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV, Switzerland) has found persistent abnormalities in the blood of convalescent severe COVID-19 subjects up to six months after leaving the [...]
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May 18th 2023

Published in Microorganisms: Z-Tyr-Ala-CHN2, a Cathepsin L Inhibitor with Broad-Spectrum Cell-Specific Activity against Coronaviruses

Published in Microorganisms: Z-Tyr-Ala-CHN2, a Cathepsin L Inhibitor with Broad-Spectrum Cell-Specific Activity against Coronaviruses The CARE partner Janssen Pharmaceutica in collaboration with University Utrecht, KU Leuven and Goethe University Frankfurt has published a paper about the discovery of a small molecule, Z-Tyr-Ala-CHN2, which was identified in a cell-based antiviral screen. The molecule exerts sub-micromolar antiviral [...]
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May 11th 2023

CARE presentation at at 19th Annual PEGS Boston conference and expo

CARE presentation at 19th Annual PEGS Boston conference and expo Are you going to the 19th Annual PEGS Boston conference & Expo: The Essential Protein Engineering and Cell Therapy Summit next week? If so, you will have the opportunity to discover how to identify pre-lead antibodies that have multiple epitopes on the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein [...]
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May 4th 2023

Published in Antiviral Res: A VeroE6 cell line not requiring Pgp inhibitors to evaluate SARS-CoV-2 antivirals

Published in Antiviral Res: A VeroE6 cell line not requiring Pgp inhibitors to evaluate SARS-CoV-2 antivirals Cell culture virus replication systems are essential for the study of virus replication and pathogenesis, antiviral drug testing, and virus research. Vero cells are one of the cell lines used for drug discovery as they are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 [...]
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April 27th 2023

Published in iScience: A new optimized SARS-CoV-2 phenotypic screening platform

Published in iScience: A new  optimized SARS-CoV-2 phenotypic screening platform The CARE partner Goethe University Frankfurt Institute of Medical Virology, published a paper reporting on a novel phenotypic screening platform for the identification of drug candidates with activity against SARS-CoV-2 and other coronaviruses. This successful proof of concept was based on the determination of caspase [...]
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April 20th 2023

Published in Journal of Virology: A new mouse model for preclinical evaluation of potential antivirals

Published in in Journal of Virology: A new mouse model for preclinical evaluation of potential antivirals As ancestral SARS-CoV-2 viruses are not able to bind to the mouse ACE2 receptor, establishment of SARS-CoV-2 mouse models has been limited to the use of mouse-adapted viruses or genetically modified mice. In parallel, Syrian hamsters are considered one [...]
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April 13th 2023

Published in Frontiers in Pharmacology: Combination of antiviral drugs proved to be more efficient than monotherapy

Published in Frontiers in Pharmacology: Combination of antiviral drugs proved to be more efficient than monotherapy Combinations of antiviral drugs result in improved potency and help to avoid or delay the development of resistant variants in some infectious disease (such as HIV and hepatitis C). From this perspective, CARE partner KU Leuven (KUL, Belgium) explored [...]
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March 10th 2023

CARE presentation at ICAR2023

CARE presentation at ICAR2023 Are you going to ICAR2023 in Lyon in March? If so, you will get the opportunity to hear about a novel SARS-CoV-2 inhibitor discovered and characterized as part of the H2020 project SCORE and IMI project CARE on Wednesday 15 March. Title of the presentation: A novel SARS-CoV-2 inhibitor with potent [...]
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February 23rd 2023

The faces behind the CARE work-packages – WP7

The faces behind the CARE work-packages - WP7 CARE (Corona Accelerated R&D in Europe) is the largest European research initiative addressing the challenges of COVID-19. It is no surprise that it is designed in a comprehensive, yet agile, structure to fulfill the 37 partners’ shared key goals: (1) to identify therapeutics for the current pandemic, (2) to identify antiviral therapies for future outbreaks and (3) [...]
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February 9th 2023

FAIRplus and CARE collaboration to publish FAIR SARS-CoV-2 data

FAIRplus and CARE collaboration to publish FAIR SARS-CoV-2 data Publishing datasets in the public domain is important to avoid the duplication of research. For effective dissemination, it is important for the datasets to be FAIR, i.e., Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. The IMI FAIRplus project, whose purpose was to develop tools and guidelines for making [...]
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February 1st 2023

Iktos, a new CARE partner

Iktos, a new partner of CARE consortium CARE is welcoming Iktos as a new consortium member. Iktos is developing artificial intelligence solutions for medicinal chemistry and new drug design. Iktos will contribute to CARE by building in silico models predicting molecule activity in biological assays and designing molecules with predicted profile converging towards the desired [...]
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January 30th 2023

Follow us on LinkedIn!

Follow us on LinkedIn! CARE is now on LinkedIn. Click here to connect with us and get up to date information on the CARE project.  
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December 22nd 2022

Published in Frontiers in Medicine: the COVID-19 pandemic hampered the sharing of information with and securing of consent from clinical study participants, but did not impact GDPR compliance

Published in Frontiers in Medicine: the COVID-19 pandemic hampered the sharing of information with and securing of consent from clinical study participants, but did not impact GDPR compliance CARE partner KU Leuven (KUL, Belgium) conducted an online survey followed by semistructured interviews to gain insights into compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for [...]
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December 20th 2022

Published in Structure: An insight into nsp10-mediated modulation of nsp14 exonuclease activity

Published in Structure: An insight into nsp10-mediated modulation of nsp14 exonuclease activity The CARE partners Jagiellonian University (JU, Poland) and the Universty of Dundee (UnivDun, UK) discovered a key component of the regulation of nsp14 exonuclease activity by nsp10 using X-ray crystallography. During RNA replication, coronaviruses require proofreading to maintain the integrity of their large [...]
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December 16th 2022

Published in Nature Micobiology: a new monoclonal antibody neutralizing SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variants

Published in Nature Micobiology: a new monoclonal antibody neutralizing SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variants  The CARE partner Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) isolated a monoclonal antibody (mAb) named P2G3 that does not lose activity towards Omicron BA.1 and BA.2 compared to other variants of concern (VOC) (Wild Type, Alpha, Beta and Delta) and is more potent than [...]
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December 15th 2022

CARE 1st External Newsletter is now available

CARE External Newsletter - December We are proud to announce the publication of CARE 1st External Newsletter. In this edition, you can learn about the CARE project, its collaborative culture and ways you may be able to contribute. Download the call for collaboration here: CARE External Newsletter - Dec 2022
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December 13th 2022

Call for collaboration

Possible collaboration with IMI CARE for late phase development of SARS-CoV-2/pan coronavirus antivirals and antibodies. Have you developed a SARS-CoV-2 or potential broad-spectrum compound (small molecule or antibody) and need support with its characterisation, pre-clinical and/or early clinical testing? The CARE project has developed three platforms open to external collaboration to prepare the next generation [...]
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November 29th 2022

Five new deliverables are now publicly available on CARE webpage “Resources”!

Five new deliverables are now publicly available on CARE webpage "Resources" Do you wish to be able to run an antiviral screen and toxicity counter screen in one test? Look at the deliverable D1.1 to learn about this dual reporter HTS assay, developed by engineering a host cell line and a virus to express each [...]
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September 22nd 2022

The faces behind the CARE work-packages – WP6

The faces behind the CARE work-packages - WP6 CARE (Corona Accelerated R&D in Europe) is the largest European research initiative addressing the challenges of COVID-19. It is no surprise that it is designed in a comprehensive, yet agile, structure to fulfill the 37 partners’ shared key goals: (1) to identify therapeutics for the current pandemic, (2) to identify antiviral therapies for future outbreaks and (3) [...]
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August 2nd 2022

The faces behind the CARE work-packages – WP5

The faces behind the CARE work-packages - WP5 CARE (Corona Accelerated R&D in Europe) is the largest European research initiative addressing the challenges of COVID-19. It is no surprise that it is designed in a comprehensive, yet agile, structure to fulfill the 37 partners’ shared key goals: (1) to identify therapeutics for the current pandemic, (2) to identify antiviral therapies for future outbreaks and (3) [...]
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July 26th 2022

The faces behind the CARE work-packages – WP4

The faces behind the CARE work-packages - WP4 CARE (Corona Accelerated R&D in Europe) is the largest European research initiative addressing the challenges of COVID-19. It is no surprise that it is designed in a comprehensive, yet agile, structure to fulfill the 37 partners’ shared key goals: (1) to identify therapeutics for the current pandemic, (2) to identify antiviral therapies for future outbreaks and (3) [...]
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July 19th 2022

Published in eBioMedicine: Design, immunogenicity, and efficacy of a pan-sarbecovirus dendritic-cell targeting vaccine

Published in eBioMedicine: Design, immunogenicity, and efficacy of a pan-sarbecovirus dendritic-cell targeting vaccine The CARE partner Centre Institut National De La Santé Et De La Recherche Médicale – Vaccine Reserch Institute (INSERM-VRI) published a paper reporting on the design and testing of a protein subunit vaccine CD40.CoV2. The immunogenicity and antiviral efficacy of the vaccine [...]
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July 12th 2022

Published in JAMA Oncology: Humoral Responses Against Variants of Concern by COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines in Immunocompromised Patients

Published in JAMA Oncology: Humoral Responses Against Variants of Concern by COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines in Immunocompromised Patients The CARE partner Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) in collaboration with Lausanne University Hospital published a paper reporting on the durability of neutralizing antibody responses elicited by messenger RNA vaccines BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech) or mRNA-1273 (Moderna) against the SARS-CoV-2 [...]
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July 7th 2022

Published in MDPI: Synthesis, Structure-Activity Relationships, and Antiviral Profiling of 1-Heteroaryl-2-Alkoxyphenyl Analogs as Inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 Replication

Published in MDPI: Synthesis, Structure-Activity Relationships, and Antiviral Profiling of 1-Heteroaryl-2-Alkoxyphenyl Analogs as Inhibitors of SARS-CoV-2 Replication The CARE partners Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Universiteit Utrecht (UU), University Of Dundee (UNIVDUN), Universitaet Zu Luebeck (UZL) in collaboration with a number of other organisations published a paper reporting on the conduct of a high-throughput screening of a 160 K compound library against SARS-CoV-2, yielding [...]
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July 5th 2022

Published in CellPress iScience: Computed Tomography and [18 F]-FDG PET imaging provide additional readouts for COVID-19 pathogenesis and therapies evaluation in non-human primates

Published in CellPress iScience: Computed Tomography and [18 F]-FDG PET imaging provide additional readouts for COVID-19 pathogenesis and therapies evaluation in non-human primates  The CARE partners Institut National De La Santé Et De La Recherche Médicale – Vaccine Research Institute (INSERM-VRI) and Commissariat À L'énergie Atomique Et Aux Énergies Alternatives (CEA) published a paper reporting [...]
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June 30th 2022

CARE 2nd Annual meeting

CARE 2nd Annual meeting CARE 2nd Annual meeting was successfully held in Paris on 9-10 June 2022, in presence of CARE Scientific and Ethics Advisory Board and IHI Project Officer.  Around 60 people attended in person and 50 remotely to listen to and to discuss the project progress, achievements and next steps.
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May 31st 2022

CARE paper published in Antiviral Research: Insight on the activity of Remdesivir, Molnupiravir and Nirmatrelvir on SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern

CARE paper published in Antiviral Research: Insight on the activity of Remdesivir, Molnupiravir and Nirmatrelvir on SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern The CARE partner KU Leuven, in collaboration with University Hospitals Leuven evaluated the susceptibility of SARS-CoV-2 variants   to Remdesivir, Molnupiravir and Nirmatrelvir. The three molecules have in vitro antiviral activities against the ancestral virus as [...]
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May 24th 2022

CARE paper published in Journal of Medical Virology: Development and optimization of a high-throughput screening assay for in vitro anti-SARS-CoV-2 activity

CARE paper published in Journal of Medical Virology: Development and optimization of a high-throughput screening assay for in vitro anti-SARS-CoV-2 activity The CARE partners KU Leuven and Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, in collaboration with The Institute of Medical Virology published a paper reporting on the outcomes from screening a library of antiviral compounds to assess effectiveness [...]
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February 24th 2022

White paper published: High throughput cryo-electron microscopy epitope mapping of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein antibodies

High throughput cryo-electron microscopy epitope mapping of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein antibodies The CARE partners Takeda and Utrecht University, in collaboration with Thermo Fisher Scientific, published a white paper demonstrating how cryo-electron microscopy can be used as tool for high-throughput epitope mapping of antibodies that block SARS-CoV-2 virus entry. One of the main concerns of the [...]
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February 21st 2022

Published in Nature Communications: Mechanism of AT-527 presents as a promising research avenue against COVID-19

Published in Nature Communications: Mechanism of AT-527 presents as a promising research avenue against COVID-19 A research group including the CARE partner Aix-Marseille University investigated the guanosine analogue AT-527 (Bemnifobuvir) using high-resolution cryo-electromicroscopy. Once in cells, AT-527 is converted into AT-9010that presumably has a dual mechanism of action (1) at the level of the viral [...]
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February 14th 2022

The faces behind the CARE work-packages – WP3

The faces behind the CARE work-packages - WP3 CARE (Corona Accelerated R&D in Europe) is the largest European research initiative addressing the challenges of COVID-19. It is no surprise that it is designed in a comprehensive, yet agile, structure to fulfill the 37 partners’ shared key goals: (1) to identify therapeutics for the current pandemic, (2) to identify antiviral therapies for future outbreaks and (3) [...]
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January 10th 2022

The faces behind the CARE work-packages – WP2

The faces behind the CARE work-packages - WP2 CARE (Corona Accelerated R&D in Europe) is the largest European research initiative addressing the challenges of COVID-19. It is no surprise that it is designed in a comprehensive, yet agile, structure to fulfill the 37 partners’ shared key goals: (1) to identify therapeutics for the current pandemic, (2) to identify antiviral therapies for future outbreaks and (3) [...]
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December 13th 2021

The faces behind the CARE work-packages – WP1

The faces behind the CARE work-packages - WP1 CARE (Corona Accelerated R&D in Europe) is the largest European research initiative addressing the challenges of COVID-19. It is no surprise that it is designed in a comprehensive, yet agile, structure to fulfill the 37 partners’ shared key goals: (1) to identify therapeutics for the current pandemic, (2) to identify antiviral therapies for future outbreaks and (3) [...]
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December 9th 2021

CARE paper published in JCIM: Modeling of protein-small molecule complexes with HADDOCK

CARE paper published in JCIM: Modeling of protein-small molecule complexes with HADDOCK CARE partners of the University of Utrecht studied the interactions between compounds and protein receptors using a new protocol in HADDOCK (High Ambiguity Driven DOCKing). Compound-protein interactions are a crucial task in drug discovery and HADDOCK is an integrative modeling platform which incorporates [...]
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December 6th 2021

CARE paper published in Journal of Virology: New insights for assessment of SARS-CoV-2 infection estimates and (vaccine-induced) antibody durability response

CARE paper published in Journal of Virology: New insights for assessment of SARS-CoV-2 infection estimates and (vaccine-induced) antibody durability response  CARE researchers have determined SARS-CoV-2-specific antibody responses to different proteins (trimeric spike protein, monomeric spike protein and nucleocapsid protein) in sera of people infected with COVID-19 in acute-infection and post-infection phases. The results suggest that [...]
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December 2nd 2021

CARE paper published in Science Translational Medicine: New cell-free assay

CARE paper published in Science Translational Medicine: New cell-free assay  A CARE research team developed a cell-free assay to quantify neutralizing antibody responses. Neutralizing antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2 are usually assessed using cell-based assays requiring live virus. These assays are time-consuming and necessitate additional biosafety precautions, thus limiting their clinical use. The new cell-free assay [...]
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November 30th 2021

CARE paper published in Circulation: Mechanisms of SARS-CoV-2 with regards to endothelial cells

CARE paper published in Circulation: Mechanisms of SARS-CoV-2 with regards to endothelial cells The CARE scientists investigated if the coronavirus infects and damages endothelial cells directly by viral infection or indirectly via neighborhood effects, circulating mediators and immune mechanisms. Endothelial cells build a cell layer that lines blood vessels and regulates exchanges between the blood [...]
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November 26th 2021

CARE paper published in iScience: CD177 is associated with coronavirus disease 2019 severity and death

CARE paper published in iScience: CD177 is associated with coronavirus disease severity  In an effort to increase the understanding of SARS-CoV-2, CARE researchers found that the activation of a type of white blood cells called neutrophils could be linked to the overexpression of a protein encoded by the CD177 gene. They concluded that CD177 is [...]
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November 22nd 2021

CARE paper published in Nature: HCQ use against SARS-CoV-2 infection

CARE paper published in Nature: HCQ use against SARS-CoV-2 infection CARE scientists demonstrated that there is no definitive evidence that Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), whether alone or in combination with azithromycin, is effective for treating COVID-19. The investigation was part of CARE’s efforts to evaluate the efficacy of repurposed drugs. To learn more, read the paper in [...]
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October 8th 2021

Repurposing efforts concluded

Repurposing efforts conducted The partners of the CARE consortium conducted a high throughput screening (HTS), or testing, of approximately 20,000 approved or clinically validated compounds as part of its emergency response track (pillar 1 of the research programme). The CARE research teams identified several single digit µM compounds. However, none of these were deemed beneficial [...]
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October 4th 2021

CARE scientists identified a SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibody with activity against all known variants of concern

CARE scientists identified a SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibody with activity against all known variants of concern One of CARE’s approach to develop therapeutics to address the COVID-19 pandemic is the discovery of virus neutralizing antibodies. With this goal, the CARE partner Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois screened B cells from COVID-19 donors and identifyed P5C3, a highly [...]
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May 31st 2021

One Year of CARE Against COVID-19

One Year of CARE Against COVID-19 / Interview Part 3 / On March 11, 2020 the novel coronavirus outbreak has been declared a pandemic. To combat the virus, multiple approaches are needed including therapeutic options that help those who are infected and those who are not able to be vaccinated or do not develop a strong immune response. In addition, [...]
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May 17th 2021

One Year of CARE Against COVID-19

One Year of CARE Against COVID-19 / Interview Part 2 / On March 11, 2020 the novel coronavirus outbreak has been declared a pandemic. To combat the virus, multiple approaches are needed including therapeutic options that help those who are infected and those who are not able to be vaccinated or do not develop a strong immune response. In addition, [...]
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May 3rd 2021

One Year of CARE Against COVID-19

One Year of CARE Against COVID-19 / Interview Part 1 / On March 11, 2020 the novel coronavirus outbreak has been declared a pandemic. To combat the virus, multiple approaches are needed including therapeutic options that help those who are infected and those who are not able to be vaccinated or do not develop a strong immune response. In addition, [...]
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April 2nd 2021

Survey on GDPR and eConsent during the COVID-19 pandemic

Survey on Data protection and eConsent during the COVID-19 pandemic The team of task 8.3 Ethical, legal, and societal issues (ELSI) on broad spectrum anti-coronavirus therapeutics development is pleased to invite you to take part in an online survey to share your experience on key challenges related to compliance with the EU General Data Protection [...]
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October 6th 2020

Mention of CARE in Le Monde

Mention of the CARE project in Le Monde newspaper The CARE project and a few of its coordinator and principal investigators (Yves Lévy, Bruno Canard, Johan Neyts) have been mentioned in an article published on Nature.com on October 6th 2021.  Read the article
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September 21st 2020

EMA – ITF collaboration

Innovation Task Force Leaders of the IMI CARE and SCORE consortia joined an Innovation Task Force (ITF) meeting with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on September 21, 2020. Establishing an exchange between the consortia and the EMA at an early stage, the participants focused in this preparatory discussion on scientific and regulatory topics relevant to the development [...]
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August 31st 2020

IMI Press release

CARE embarks on an unprecedented mission to get ready for coming COVID-19 waves and new coronavirus outbreaks. The world needs to prepare for a future wherein waves of COVID-19 and other coronavirus outbreaks become part of the landscape. Apart from studying the potential of existing drugs to treat COVID-19 in the short-term, the CARE consortium [...]
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August 18th 2020

CARE Press release

Launch of CARE Press release “Europe’s Largest Initiative Launches to Accelerate Therapy Development for COVID-19 and Future Coronavirus Threats” Read more Leaders of the IMI CARE and SCORE consortia joined an Innovation Task Force (ITF) meeting with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on September 21, 2020. Establishing an exchange between the consortia and the EMA at an [...]
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July 7th 2020

CARE Kick-off meeting week

Virtual meeting week A fruitful week to gather the Consortium partners and discuss the Work Packages. The coordinators reiterated that the overarching vision of CARE is to develop appropriate therapeutic agents to address the immediate patient need and to prepare use in any future outbreaks for any type of coronaviruses. The aim of this ambitious [...]
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April 1st 2020

Start of the CARE project

The CARE project officially started on April 1st 2020. IMI launched the IMI-2 Call 21 on COVID on March 3, 2020, and the project was submitted on March 31, 2020. The results were known on May 11, 2020, and CARE was selected together with 7 other consortia. The CARE project started retrospectively on April 1, [...]
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