Project Description

STACCATO is a European Industrial Doctorates project funded under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Action of Horizon2020. It has been specifically designed to strengthen Europe’s innovation capacity and leadership in biopharmaceutical manufacturing science by providing world-class intersectoral training to 11 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and creating and applying pioneering manufacturing process development approaches for biopharmaceuticals. The STACCATO partners are united by the shared vision to utilise high-resolution data captured simultaneously from thousands of single cells to develop new manufacturing methods for biopharmaceuticals.


Biopharmaceuticals have revolutionised the treatment of chronic diseases and its industry is under considerable pressure to produce “first-in-class medicines” in a cost effective and safe manner.  The primary objective of the STACCATO research programme is to utilise high-resolution analysis of DNA, RNA and proteins from single cells to enhance the efficiency of manufacturing processes and ensure patient safety for a range of biopharmaceuticals.

The STACCATO EID partners have the scientific excellence, industrial expertise and infrastructure to provide a biopharmaceutical manufacturing training programme to enable the development of a new tool to enhance upstream process development approaches for biological medicines. The scientific programme presents a unique opportunity for the ESRs to engage in a truly ground-breaking research action aiming to develop single cell analysis methods for biopharmaceutical manufacturing, improve the performance of cells as biopharmaceutical factories and enhance manufacturing processes for cellular therapies. The main objectives of the STACCATO intersectoral training programme are to provide the ESRs with unique multidisciplinary scientific training by teaching them essential theory as well as developing the practical skills required to prosper in a biopharmaceutical manufacturing research environment based in either industry or academia.

Our role

accelopment is a Partner Organisation in STACCATO. We are involved in three areas of the project – assisting in project management tasks, coordinating the dissemination activities and contributing to the training activities with a Transferable Skills course.

Project Details

The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training, IE
accelopment AG, CH (Partner Organisation)
The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training, IE
Becton Dickinson Research Centre Ireland Ltd., IE
Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica, PT
TILT Biotherapeutics Ltd., FI
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, SE
Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, DE
Technical University of Darmstadt, DE
University College Dublin, IE
University of Helsinki, FI
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, PT
Avectas Ltd., IE
Cobra Biologics AB, SE
Horizon Discovery Ltd., UK
Spiber Technologies AB, SE
Dr Colin Clarke
01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022
2.9 million euro
Our Services: 
Proposal Writing
Contract Negotiations
Project Management
Project Dissemination
Funding Programme: 
  • H2020-MSCA-ITN