18 January 2019
Organ-on-Chip in Development (ORCHID) is a European Horizon 2020 project that aims to capitalise on the innovative technology that is organ-on-chip, or OoC. The ORCHID consortium is made up of seven partners from six European countries and was launched in 2017 with the overall aim of building a network of OoC stakeholders, including academic, research, industrial and regulatory institutions, in order to move OoCs from laboratories to a more global awareness and utility.
We are in the midst of a ‘drugs drought‘, which means there could be no more new, approved compounds by around 2070 unless we radically alter the current drug discovery paradigm. Using animals as models of human disease for predicting safety and efficacy of novel drugs has proven to be time consuming, costly and about as effective as tossing a coin—with failure rates running as high as 99.6 % for some conditions. While the reasons underpinning the failure of new chemical entities to reach the clinic, and successfully remain there, are complex and multi-factorial, there is no doubt that one of the greatest limitations for identifying new therapeutics for human diseases is the deficiencies in the animals employed/manipulated as models of the human condition. [Read more…]