Project News

There are only a couple of weeks left, until the latest accelopment supported European Training Network (ETN) PEARRL will begin. This project will follow in the footsteps of SOSLeM, XoSoft and CHEOPS. The project will be running for 4 years from the 1st of May 2016. PEARRL is funded under the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions and its grant application scored an impressive 95% and was deemed to be innovative and highly original by the reviewers.

As an ETN PEARRL will deliver a unique research and training programme for 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR). Its main research objectives are to deliver novel bio-enabling formulations and new biopharmaceutics tools to predict their in vivo performance as a means to improve efficiency and cost-competitiveness in drug development, thus facilitating earlier access of patients to “breakthrough therapies”. The European Commission expects that the impact will be particularly high for Europe`s pharma industry.

The coordinator of the project is the University of Cork, Ireland, headed by Dr Brendan Griffin of the School of Pharmacy, and assisted by Prof Jennifer Dressman of Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany . He will also be the supervisor of two ESRs and co-supervise another three.

For anyone interested in filling one of the open ESR positions there is a detailed job webpage set up on http://www.pearrl.eu/open-phd-positions.html. There are 15 positions available at nine companies and universities across Europe (so-called “Beneficiaries”), including global players like Merck and Pharmathen. The ESRs will additionally receive specialised training, for example in the form of internships, courses and workshops in their respective fields at ten Partner Organisations, including a number of regulatory bodies.

The Kick-off Meeting will be held in Frankfurt on the 31st October. It is expected that more than half of the ESRs will have taken up their position by then. The will be joining the first face-to-face network meeting involving all beneficiaries and some partner organisations.

The project’s website, www.pearrl.eu, is already up and running and will be updated frequently. There, you can find detailed and information about the network partners and the training programme, co-organised and promoted by accelopment. Join our PEARRL community!


“accelopment was the key to our success in garnering funding for the PEARRL project; we are looking forward to their continued support as the project progresses.”  Prof Dr Jennifer Dressman, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, DE