Pathway-27 Consortium


PATHWAY-27 includes 25 partners broadly distributed in Europe: west to east, south to north Europe, including one Candidate Country (Turkey). The EU Consortium consists of different organisation types, namely: Universities, Research Institutes and SMEs.

Our partners



The mission of the JRC is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of EU policies. As a service of the European Commission, the JRC functions as a reference centre of science and technology for the Union. The Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) is providing an expert base of knowledge to tackle nutritional and health issues within the context of EU Health and Consumer Policies. The Institute hosts a number of reference centers and laboratories which are active in many areas such as the validation of methodologies for regulatory purposes or the provision of reference scientific information and data. Most of these laboratories fulfill mandates under European legislation. The Institute hosts a number of databases supporting European legislation. The Institute's goal is to provide independent solid scientific advice to European Commission Services, EU Institutions and EU Member States in the field of nutritional science, and particularly in the implementation of the European strategy on nutrition, overweight, and obesity-related health issues. Scientists at the IHCP are reviewing state-of-the-art scientific developments in nutritional science, and their applicability and relevance for decision making in the areas of public health policy and nutritional recommendations. Contributing to consumers' correct information is also extremely important. The Institute's nutritionists are often addressing questions on healthy diets and lifestyle, sometimes arising from contradictory information in the media. By translating complex or controversial scientific issues in a way that is understandable to the non-expert, the IHCP researchers are empowering consumers to make best informed nutritional and lifestyle choices.

Scientific responsible: Jan Wollgast (, Sandra Caldeira (


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International Food Network is a private, independent SME formed in 1987 to provide scientific and technical support to food development projects. The company comprises 50 qualified staff (typically to degree level or higher in food science or similar) who additionally have considerable technical experience of food product development in commercial environments.
IFN have food development and testing facilities that support technical projects, including bench and pilot scale units for preparation of a wide range of products, including all types of beverages (RTD and powder), dairy products, snacks and baked goods.
IFN has particular strength and expertise in the development (and considerations for development) of food products with specific nutritional or health properties. This expertise includes the practical assessment and use ofingredients with claimed or researched health properties.

Previous experience related to the tasks. An abiding principle of food product development, in the functional food sector, is that a food has no nutritional value unless it is consumed regularly by the target consumer. IFN experience focuses on the development of food products and systems, with all associated food safety, processing and stability aspects, that contain nutritional or health-giving materials, and have highly acceptable sensory properties. This includes preparation of foods for clinical and consumer testing both for their efficacy and their sensory properties.
Examples include specialist experience and knowledge in cholesterol control, weight management, sports products (hydration and recovery), medical foods category (highly fortified products for recovery from disease states) and emerging nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidant components from natural food raw materials, satiety emulsions.

Scientific responsible: Nicholas Henson (


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AdWare Research was established in 1997 and it is a dynamically developing SME. Its main activities are data-management, biostatistics, full-scale project management, and quality assurance.
From the starts AdWare operates according to the highest standards and provides its services in accordance with the international regulations.
With its own developed software, called Mythos, – that is in compliance with 21 CFR Part 11 FDA, and fulfils the criteria of Hungarian and international standards – AdWare ensures the outstanding informatical background of its works. Mythos is a determinant system on the data management market.
In the past more than 10 years AdWare took part not only in pharmaceutical but in several functional food related pre-clinical and clinical studies with biostatistics and data-management tasks.

Scientific responsible: Istvan Richter (


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Giotto Biotech is a new-born biotech company with headquarters at the scientific campus of the University of Florence. The company is a spin-off that originated thanks to the initiative of three professors (I. Bertini, L. Banci, and C. Luchinat) from the Magnetic Resonance Center (CERM).
The company's mission is to advance the frontiers of science while providing cost-effective products and expert services to the scientific community. The company is especially focused on the production of biologically active molecules using algae and/or microorganisms and the study of their biological function using NMR-based metabolomic techniques.
Thanks to a close collaboration with CERM, Giotto Biotech has access to the most advanced instrumentation in the field of NMR as well as expertise in the analysis of metabolomic profiles as obtained by NMR. The professors involved in this university spin-off are experts in the statistical analysis of metabolomics. Giotto Biotech views the application of NMR to metabolomics as a highly promising field with a strong potential to impact the future of medicine; as a result, even though the company is young, it views this field as a strategic pillar to its business model and is dedicated to investing heavily in it.

Scientific responsible: Claudio Luchinat (




NGB Genetics is an innovative biotechnology company established in 2006 as a spinoff of the University of Ferrara. NGB Genetics staff comprises an experienced team of research scientists with degrees in various disciplines, including of molecular biology and corporate management.
NGB Genetics used DNA technology to develop innovative services for human health, primarily in the field of predictive genetic testing. NGB Genetics makes its expertise available to both public and private clients, in order that they may exploit the potential of DNA analyses efficiently and accurately to improve productivity and competitiveness.

Scientific responsible: Vittorio Lucchini (