Horizon is engaged in a number of multi-national, grant-funded collaborative research projects dedicated to showing scientific leadership in the fields of translational genomics and personalized medicine.


4DCellFate is a consortium of EU stem cell, genome-editing and translational medicine researchers, founded in 2012, which has received €6M of core funding from the EU 7th-Framework (FP7). This 4 year program is laying the foundations for understanding the role of PRC/NuRD complexes in embryonic stem cell differentiation and cancer, and specifically in leukemogenesis. Eight academic labs, three research-intensive small companies, and GSK, are contributing resources to ensure that project results can be translated into new ways to control complex diseases.


SeaBioTech is a consortium of EU drug discovery researchers founded in 2012 who have received €6M of core funding from the EU 7th-Framework (FP7).  The 4 year program aims to generate a discovery platform capable of converting the potential of marine biotechnology into novel industrial products for the pharmaceutical (human and aquaculture), cosmetic, functional food and industrial chemistry sectors.

CVGenes Target

CVGenes@Target is a consortium of European SME’s, clinical and research groups founded in 2013 who have received €5.8M core funding from the EU 7th-Framework (FP7) to investigate the molecular mechanisms of coronary artery disease (CAD) and stroke. This 3 year project aims to unravel causal genes and discover whether they are potential therapeutic targets. The consortium then aims to use high throughput screening methods to identify novel drug candidates for the treatment of CAD and stroke.

Innovate UK

The Technology Strategy Board is the UK’s innovation agency. Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. Horizon has partnered with LGC to develop of a portfolio of novel reference standard materials in order to establish methods and cross platform data sets to standardize existing ‘liquid biopsy’ genetic diagnostic tests, to determine test sensitivity, and to help drive the development of new more sensitive systems as well as training and proficiency testing schemes for pathology laboratories. 

Biocatalyst Grant

The Biocatalyst Grant involves a multi-party project aims to overcome some of the most significant shortcomings of the current biologics supply chain and enable the delivery of cost effective therapies to patients. Partners include The Centre for Process Innovation, The University of Manchester and Horizon Discovery. Specific goals are to reduce the time it takes to bring next generation biologics to market, increase our ability to fail drugs early in development, and to improve the efficiency of manufacturing systems for current and next generation biotherapeutics.

Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative

The AMSCI program (a consortium led by the Centre for Process Innovation on behalf of UCB Celltech and Lonza Biologics and including Horizon as a full partner) consists of an approximate total £11.3M of costs with approximately £6.2 million in grant funding to support the future needs of biologics manufacturing in the UK. Horizon will use its portion of the funds to expand research performed in its Bioproduction business.




COLTHERES is a consortium of EU clinical centers and translational researchers founded in 2011 which has received €6M of core funding from the EU 7th-Framework (FP7) program to define and perform biomarker driven clinical trials that improve cancer therapy outcomes. The 4 year program is using comprehensively molecularly-annotated colon cancers to define specific biomarkers of response or resistance to signalling pathway agents.


PREDICT is a consortium of EU-clinical centers and translational researchers founded in 2011 which has received €6M of core funding from the EU 7th-Framework (FP7). The 4 year program is identifying predictive biomarkers to approved agents in renal cancer with anti-angiogenic activity for which no reliable biomarkers currently exist.


INSIGHT is a consortium of translational genomics researchers founded in 2012 which received £0.5M from the Eurostars grant program funded by EU 7th-Framework (FP7). The program is exploring a novel class of inherited and somatic non-coding mutations associated with cancer causation. Once their biological role and mechanisms in cancer have been confirmed or elucidated, these disease models will be made available to the wider research community and profiled (by Horizon) for all known existing cancer drugs that may target these genetic variations, to discover potential new therapeutic options for patients.



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