Sano Centre for Computational Medicine after one year of operation


Introduction – the problem:
A new scientific unit is established in Krakow: Sano – Center for Personalised Computational Medicine. This International Research Foundation, the only one in Małopolska and one of the three Polish centers of the prestigious EU Teaming for Excellence program, is being created as part of a joint, international project of Academic Computer Center Cyfronet AGH, Klaster LifeScience Kraków, University of Sheffield and Insigneo Institute UK, Forschungszentrum Jülich DE, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research DE, National Centre for Research and Development. 

Sano’s mission is:
• development of new computational methods, algorithms, models and technologies related to personalized medicine,
• introducing new diagnostic solutions to everyday healthcare practice and therapeutic methods based on computer simulations,
• stimulating the emergence and development of enterprises creating technologies enabling the introduction of new diagnostic and therapeutic methods,
• contribution to new training programs for modern, personalised medicine.
At the current stage, Sano is financed by the EU H2020-WIDESPREAD-2016-2017 TEAMING PHASE 2 program (approx. EUR 15 million), the International Research Agendas (IRAP) program of the Foundation for Polish Science co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund (approx. EUR 10 million), and after 2023 also by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (approx. EUR 5 million).

Sano as a new research unit is created on the basis of the law on foundations. The Sano Foundation was established on July 17, 2019, entered into the National Court Register on September 5, 2019. From October 1, 2019, Sano has been implementing the FNP IRAP grant. while implementation of the EU Teaming 2 project began on August 1, 2019.

The offer – the solution:
Since the establishment of the Sano Foundation, scientific works have been conducted: research, seminars and scientific meetings, preparation of EU H2020 project proposals, establishing scientific cooperation with other IRA and Teaming units. Research activities are accompanied by organizational ones: basic organizational procedures have been developed, competitions for positions in the Center have been launched, the core of the support team has been created.

Key indicators of Sano’s success are: the number of highly cited scientific publications, patents and grants obtained by the Center, solutions based on computational models introduced into clinical practices, and innovative, market-oriented products and services. An important role in the proper functioning of Sano will be played by close cooperation with AGH University of Science and Technology and Collegium Medicum of the Jagiellonian University and the University Hospital in Krakow.

Key scientific and research positions in Sano are filled by open, international ones conducted by the 15-person International Scientific Committee and FNP experts – in October, the competition for the director of the Center was successfully completed. Ultimately, Sano Center will employ about 55 outstanding researchers and 15 highly qualified people supporting their work. Sano already employs a 12-person team, and about 20 are employed by Sano of the Teaming 2 partners. The administrative part of Sano is located at ACC Cyfronet, while the scientific and IT team, thanks to the Agreement of Sano-AGH and the favor of the Rector of AGH, in the premises of the CE AGH.

The survey

Aiming to tailor the activities of the Centre to the individual needs of potential users and to be able to address the most pressing challenges related to these technologies, we would like to seek your opinion as a relevant stakeholder in the field. Therefore, we would appreciate it if you could dedicate about 10 minutes of your time to take part in this survey. Please note that participation is anonymous and only serves the goals described above. No personal data will be collected and we will not be able to technically trace back answers (e.g. we do not save your IP address). You can interrupt completion of the survey at any time and continue later (provided that your browser allows cookies). The survey data will only be presented in aggregated and consolidated form. The analysis of the results will be carried out by Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Germany.

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Marian Bubak
Sano Centre for Computational Medicine

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