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.

Partners in Italy



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 (




The University if Bologna, Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (UNIBO), was founded in 1088, and is the oldest university in Western Europe. Nowadays, it still remains one of the most important institutions of higher education across Europe. The University places special emphasis on the excellence in education and research. UNIBO has gained a considerable experience in FP7 KBBE projects, being involved in 35 successful proposals and coordinating 8 of these.
Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences – DISTAL: research areas related to human nutrition, food chemistry, microbiology, food production, technology, quality and safety. It is involved in national/international projects aimed at the improvement, differentiation, preservation of animal and vegetal raw materials and their derivatives. It is active in ETP "Food for life" and on the issues concerning the food chain
Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences - DIMECThe, S.Orsola-Malpighi General Hospital, includes several disciplines, in particular, internal medicine, gastroenterology and hepatology, endocrinology and metabolism. It is deeply involved in several national and international projects and has a worldwide reputation for its research and training activities. The Department participates in numerous clinical trials covering both disease prevention and treatment, and has highly experienced personnel.

Scientific responsible: Alessandra Bordoni (


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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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