Fons van de Loo, Dept. of Exp. Rheumatology, research theme Inflammatory diseases, has been granted a 3 year Public-Private-Partnership Allowance made available by Health~Holland, Top Sector Life Sciences & Health to the Dutch Cooperation of Health Foundations (SGF) for the public-private partnership project named: ‘REFIT’.
The goal of this project is to restore the barrier function, immunity and microbiome of the intestinal tract using extracellular vesicles from milk. A scalable and activity-guided fractionation method will be developed for the human application of these nanovesicles in the future. The consortium partners are the Radboudumc, Hogeschool Utrecht and FrieslandCampina. This project was endorsed by the cooperating health funds in particular ‘de Hartstichting’ by facilitating stakeholder contacts for our animal free approach using e.g. human intestinal organoids.