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The evFOUNDRY consortium develops an AFM-based method for the high-throughput nanomechanical and morphological measurement of individual EVs

evFOUNDRY researchers recently published a paper in which they describe a novel Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)-based methodology for the simultaneous nanomechanical and morphological analysis of several hundred individual nanosized EVs within the hour time scale. This methodology only requires basic AFM instrumentation and skills for its experimental part, and freely available software for data analysis. In the paper, authors demonstrate how their AFM-based method can be used to quickly detect EV samples contamination by non vesicular aggregates, and to quickly attest the presence of EVs even in samples for which no established assays and/or commercial kits are available, thus making it a valuable tool for the rapid assessment of EV samples during the development of isolation/enrichment protocols by EV researchers.





evFOUNDRY says on the future

evFOUNDRY will participate by its coordinator to the session entitled "Voices from the future: Pathfinder stories, people, visions", organized on Sept. 22nd, 09:45 - 12:30 CETA in the frame of the Future Tech Week. The session will be opened by a keynote speech from the neuroscientist Nobel Laureate Professor Edvard I. Moser and followed by a roundtable on the topic of extracellular vesicles involving the coordinators of the cluster of the seven EU-funded ongoing FET projects on extracellular vesicles. Participation is telematic and free, follow the link below to register.





evFOUNDRY intercepted by the “Innovation Radar

evFOUNDRY has been selected by Innovation Radar as a key innovator project thanks to the “Microfluidic device for EVs extraction” and “Scalable production and SOPs for quality standard nanosized EVs” actions. Innovation Radar is a European Commission initiative to identify high potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research. It supports projects by suggesting a range of targeted actions to assist them in fulfilling their potential in the market. Both evFOUNDRY actions obtained the following scores:     Market maturity: Business Ready     Market creation potential: High     Innovation Topic: Excellent Science.

More info at: https://www.innoradar.eu/resultbykeyword/evfoundry


evFOUNDRY research selected for an Outstanding Oral Abstract Award at the ISEV2020 Virtual Meeting

On Wednesday 22 July 2020, Andrea Zendrini has been recognized for an Outstanding Oral Abstract Award at the ISEV2020 Virtual Meeting for his abstract The CONAN assay: purity grade and concentration of EV microliter formulations by colloidal nanoplasmonics. His abstract spun off our first collective research paper, which presents key implementations of the COlloidal NANoplasmonic (CONAN) assay developed within the project. It was selected, with other two, among the about 150 oral abstracts featured at the Meeting.
Andrea is a post-doc researcher at Paolo Bergese's group (Università degli Studi di Brescia and CSGI) and at Paolo Ajmone's group (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza). 





Fluorescent Labeling of Helminth Extracellular Vesicles Using an In Vivo Whole Organism Approach

Researchers from Aarhus and Lund University, and in collaboration with Aalborg University, have published a paper in Biomedicines. Here they labelled extracellular vesicles by utilizing parasitic helminths inability to synthesize lipids by culturing helminths with fluorescent lipids. These were taken up by the parasite and subsequently released incorporated into the extracellular vesicles. The released extracellular vesicles were characterized with proteomics and Cryo-TEM and uptake was shown in a human cell line. As the inability of synthesizing lipids is general in parasites, it is believed that this novel methods can be used for tracking extracellular vesicles in the field of parasite-host communication.




evFOUNDRY back on eagle’s wings

evFOUNDRY team enters in COVID-19 lockdown phase 3 with a breath of optimism: Brescia and Aarhus units confirm their collaboration with a student exchange. Research teams of Università degli Studi di Brescia (Department of Molecular and Translational Medicine) and Aarhus University (Department of Clinical Medicine, Infectious Disease), led by Prof. Paolo Bergese and Prof. Peter Nejsum, respectively, will be even more connected thanks to the future biotechnologist Giorgio. Training in Nejsum’s lab will complete his formative internship as well as produce substantial part of the experimental results for his thesis project, being a unique possibility with a strong curricular impact. Nejsum’s lab will also benefit of his visit, as he will bring the expertise and know-how learned during the part of his formative internship already attended in Bergese’s lab.


Gold nanoparticles interacting with synthetic lipid rafts: an AFM investigation

Researchers from CSGI published a paper on Journal of Microscopy. In this work, they explored the interaction of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) with synthetic lipid rafts, formed on Supported Lipid Bilayers. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Neutron Reflectivity measurements (performed at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum, MLZ) were used to characterize the lipid bilayers and to image the AuNPs adsorbed on them. The thickness mismatch present along the rafts' boundaries is thought to generate energetically favourable conditions for the adsorption of NPs, but a direct proof of this mechanism was still missing to date. In the manuscript, AFM images clearly show that AuNPs preferentially target raft's edges when adsorbing on the bilayer. 





Key Exploitable Result (KER) with relevance to COVID-19 from our Utrecht University partner

In a just released research paper, Marca Wauben and coworkers show the inhibitory effects of human milk EVs on T cell proliferation and cytokine release, as well as the inhibition of TLR-triggering on epithelial cells. This hints to a potential nasal/oral application to dampen overactive immune responses, e.g. during the immunopathological responses in lung (and possibly also in gut) reported during SARS-CoV infection.




A paper published in Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, on extracellular vesicles-based supported lipid bilayers as 2D platforms to study nano-bio interfaces

Researchers from CSGI (Department of Chemistry, University of Florence, Department of Translational Medicine, University of Brescia, CNR Bologna, Italy) made a cover in the journal
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, with their study on the interaction between superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and biogenic supported lipid bilayers (SLBs) formed through vesicle fusion of Extracellular Vesicles.

The experimental results highlight a strong interaction of nanoparticles with biogenic SLBs. This evidence strongly suports the hypotheses on the peculiar structure of biogenic SLBs, with cushioned non-flat areas and extended exposed surface; in addition, it suggests that these features are relevant in the response of biogenic membranes to nano-objects.

·        Cover picture in Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (attachment). It is an Inside Front Cover.






Collective fingerprinting of EV subpopulations by Fourier-transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy

evFOUNDRY researchers, in collaboration with Stefania Federici and Ivano Alessandri from the Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Dept. of Information Engineering (University of Brescia), published a paper on Journal of Extracellular Vesicles. EV subtype classification is an emerging topic and authors challenged FT-IR spectroscopy to fingerprint EV subpopulations separated using differential centrifugation steps. Large, medium and small EVs from murine prostate cancer (TRAMP-C2) and murine skin melanoma (B16) cell culture media were enriched according to their different sedimentation properties. The combination of FT-IR spectroscopy and spectral exploration with chemometric tools (Principal Component Analysis) were able to fingerprint the EV subpopulations both vertically (deriving from the same cell line) and horizontally (among different cell lines). This work revealed the versatility of this collective approach that can be applied for grading the intrinsic high level of heterogeneity of different EV subtypes.




A paper published in Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, on the interaction between gold nanoparticles and synthetic liposomes.

The CSGI evFOUNDRY team has joined efforts with a multidisciplinary group of researchers from ESRF (Grenoble, France) and  ILL (Grenoble, France) to investigate the mechanistic details of the interaction of gold nanoparticles, coated by citrate anion, with synthetic liposomes. The results of this fundamental study will appear in Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 
Thanks to an ensemble of optical, structural and surface techniques, we identified the citrate-lipid ligand exchange at the biomimetic interface as the molecular origin of cooperative behavior, which leads to the formation of clusters of gold nanoparticles on the bilayer. Although this study has a fundamental nature, the implications of membrane-induced clusterization of nanoparticles can be extended to biogenic membranes, as in the case of extracellular vesicles.




Anne Borup, a member of the Aarhus group of evFOUNDRY, has been volunteering at the Aarhus University Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic

Anne Borup, a member of the Aarhus group of evFOUNDRY, has been volunteering at the Aarhus University Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here a drive-in Corona-test system has been set up in order to ensure safety, minimal spread and test of people suspected to be infected with the Coronavirus. Of high priority is testing of health care professionals with a critical function so they could return to their much-needed services. Anne volunteered at the call center where they received calls from health care professionals that needed to be tested for Corona and subsequently evaluate and organize them for a test in the drive-in.


Ric Gillams and Hywel Morgan (University of Southampton) developed a Personal Respirator for Healthcare Professionals Treating COVID-19 (PeRSo)

Ric Gillams and Hywel Morgan, evFOUNDRY's researchers from the University of Southampton have developed a prototype personal respirator called ‘PeRSo’, intended to address the limitations of the existing protective equipment doctors and nurses are wearing on the wards. Our prototype consists of a fabric hood which covers the wearer’s head, and a plastic visor to protect their face. A small portable unit delivers clean air through a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter to the wearer from a battery-powered fan pack mounted on a belt. In a rapid development process we have gone from a problem specification to working prototypes within a week, and conducted preliminary tests.


Ric Gillams described the PerSo to BBC South Today and Times News. 





evFOUNDRY researchers in collaboration with Andrea Zendrini - to date post-doc researcher at Università degli Studi di Brescia and at Università Cattolica di Piacenza - published a protocol that describes how to assign purity grade and titrate extracellular vesicle solutions of a few microliters. The assay is an augmented version of the COlorimetric NANoplasmonic (CONAN) assay developed in 2015 by Paolo Bergese's group. It has been implemented in the first year of activity of evFOUNDRY, being now part of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for  preparing quality standard nanosized EVs from bovine milk and Ascaris media.




The Aarhus group members of evFOUNDRY held a 3 day long Ph.D. course ‘Extracellular Vesicles (EVs) – an introduction’

The Aarhus group members of evFOUNDRY held a 3 day long Ph.D. course ‘Extracellular Vesicles (EVs) – an introduction’ at Aarhus University,
Denmark, March 2020. The participants learned the basics of EVs, experimental considerations and functional and translational aspects of the EVs. The course was structured with lectures, group projects, and laboratory work.


evFOUNDRY M18 meeting in Aarhus (Denmark)

On February 4th-6th 2020, the evFOUNDRY team met in Aarhus (hosted by Aarhus University - https://pure.au.dk/portal/en/persons/peter-nejsum(ee468e32-0a8b-4cd3-9473-60335cf27df9).html) to review the first 18 months of activity and plan next moves. The meeting saw the participation of researchers from each partner of the evFOUNDRY consortium (see picture) involved in three days of intense discussion.

During this special occasion, two ESAB members (Andrew Hill https://www.andyfhill.com/ and Pierre Joseph https://www.laas.fr/public/en/mile) attended an evFOUNDRY meeting for the first time.

On 4thFebruary the Workshop on "knowledge management and IPR" was organized within the collaboration with the team of FET-Briefing project (fetbriefing.eu). The Workshop was organized in a telematic mode, through the direct connection from Aarhus to the live event held in Stuttgart, Germany.


Aarhus University is offering a 3-day PhD course with the title “Extracellular Vesicles – an introduction” in March 2020

Aarhus University is offering a 3-day PhD course with the title “Extracellular Vesicles – an introduction” in March 2020.
More details can be found here:



Costanza Montis (evFOUNDRY young researcher) authored with Debora Berti a contribution to celebrate 15th Anniversary of Soft Matter

To celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Soft Matter Costanza Montis (evFOUNDRY young researcher) and Debora Berti have been chosen to write their personal perspectives on what are the hot topics in their area, and where they think their sub-field is going. Their contribution reviews the state of art on hybrid soft matter assemblies composed of inorganic nanoparticles (NP) and lamellar or non-lamellar lipid bilayers and the the latest developments on the use of lipid bilayers as coating agents for inorganic NPs are presented. Costanza Montis finally acknowledges evFOUNDRY Project.



Andrea Ridolfi (evFOUNDRY member, CSGI-Bologna) prensented a poster at the Workshop "Bill2019"

On 11-13 December 2019 Andrea Ridolfi (CSGI-Bologna) partecipated with a poster entitled “Nanomechanical properties of synthetic and natural lipid bilayers through Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM): from Supported Lipid Bilayers (SLBs) to vesicles” to the Workshop “Bill2019” Grenoble, France.


Extracellular vesicles and nano-friends featured in Biomaterials Science back cover

evFOUNDRY researchers of the University of Brescia and CSGI explain on the first 2020 issue of Biomaterials Science how scientists are learning to exploit the wealth of nanoparticles that populate the secretome, such as extracellular vesicles and lipoproteins. The review article has been also featured in the issue back cover.  




The Southampton group of evFOUNDRY participated in the UK EV forum, hosted by The UK Society for Extracellular Vesicles (UKEV) in London.

On the 10rd of December 2019, the Southampton group of evFOUNDRY participated in the UK EV forum, hosted by The UK Society for Extracellular Vesicles (UKEV) in London, UK. Ric Gillams presented a poster and flash talk showing results related to evFOUNDRY (see picture).


Biological membranes and EVs

Paolo Bergese (evFOUNDRY coordinator) and Marca Wauben (Utrecht University partner) contributed to set the ISEV position paper on biological membranes in EV biogenesis, stability, uptake, and cargo transfer. The paper assesses current knowledge of several aspects which are key to evFOUNDRY, including EV structural and colloidal properties at the individual level and in relation to their interaction with surfaces and nanomaterials.   




evMANIFESTO released.

The 1ST CLUSTERING EVENT FOR EXTRACELLULAR VESICLES FET-OPEN PROJECTS, held in Palermo in November 06th 2019, involved the 5 EU funded ongoing FET OPEN projects on EVs, counting participation of 34 research and industrial organizations from 15 EU countries. The first collective action of the newborn cluster was producing the attached position document, the evMANIFESTO, which aims at highlighting the current EU effort in EV research within the FET program and the urgency of introducing and securing more firmly the EV-related theme as a cornerstone in the research agenda in EU. 

You can find the document in the results section:



evFOUNDRY sponsored a special session on Extracellular Vesicles (EVs) within the workshop "Science through Scanning Probe Microscopy 2019" StSPM19

evFOUNDRY sponsored a special session on Extracellular Vesicles (EVs) within the workshop "Science through Scanning Probe Microscopy 2019" StSPM19, held at the National Research Council of Bologna on November 21st and 22nd 2019. The session was focused on the study of EVs through Atomic Force Microscopy; among the speakers: Paolo Bergese and Andrea Ridolfi  for evFOUNDRY, Gijs Wuite (VU University, Amsterdam) and Pietro Parisse (Elettra-Synchrotron, Trieste) as external contributions.



evFOUNDRY at EVIta 1st Symposium in Palermo, Italy.

evFOUNDRY members organized and participated at the 1st symposium of the Italian Society of Extracellular Vesicles held in Palermo from the 6th to the 8th of November 2019. Annalisa Radeghieri (CSGI-Brescia) organized the meeting as part of EVIta directive board. Paolo Bergese (CSGI-Brescia) was selected for oral presentation "Projecting extracellular vesicles in two dimension" as well as Marco Brucale (CSGI-Bologna) "Nanomechanics of individual extracellular vesicles". Lucia Paolini (CSGI-Brescia) presented a poster. Francesco Valle (CSGI-Bologna), Natasa Zarovni (Hansa-Biomed) and Francesca Loria (Hansa-Biomed) participated at the symposium. Peter Nejsum (Aarus University) gave a morning lecture on “A new level of complexity in host-parasite interaction- Extracellular Vesicles“


evFOUNDRY involved in the 1st Clustering Event for EVs FET-OPEN projects in Palermo (Italy)

On 6th of November 2019 in Palermo (Italy) evFOUNDRY was actively involved together with 4 ongoing FET projects: INDEX, VES4US, GLADIATOR and MINDGAP in the 1st Clustering Event for EVs FET-OPEN projects. 34 organizations from 15 countries were present to the event during which the EVs network has taken off. A letter of Intent to support EVs research was signed and an EVs Manifesto will be created.


evFOUNDRY member at 1st Lugano ExoDay: Technical Challenges in Exosome Research

Lucia Paolini was selected for a flash presentation at the 1st Lugano ExoDay on: “EV subpopulations fingerprinting by Fourier-transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy”.

The workshop was organized the 25th of October by several Swiss research institutes: University of Southern Switzerland, Cardiocentro Ticino Foundation, Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale. 


A paper published in Advanced Materials Technologies, highlighting the potential of Electrokinetic Deterministic Lateral Displacement in sorting sub-micron particles

Researchers from Tegenfeldt group, Lund University, Sweden (Jason Beech, Bao Ho, Jonas Tegenfeldt) and Guiducci group, EPFL, Switzerland (Kevin Keim, Carlotta Guiducci) made a cover in the journal Advanced Materials Technologies with their novel metal-coated Electrokinetic Deterministic Lateral Displacement (Electrokinetic DLD) devices. These devices bring about several advantages: tuneable particle separations, significant reduction the critical size, and increase in the dynamic range with switching times on the order of seconds. Most notably, in a device having gap size of around 10 µm, polystyrene particles as small as 250 nm can be displaced, demonstrating two-orders of magnitude reduction in critical size using Electrokinetic DLD, as compared to conventional DLD.




FET seminar on the evFOUNDRY

An evFOUNDRY presentation starred the FET seminar series on Thursday October 10th at the European Commission Covent Garden building (Brussels). The seminar was actively participated by a varied audience, including EU scientific project officers, economists and policy makers.


evFOUNDRY first Review Meeting in Brussels

On the 11th of October 2019 all members of evFOUNDRY Consortium met at Research Executive Agency in Brussels for the first Reporting Period Review Meeting.

Our project officer, Adriana Godeanu-Metz, chaired the meeting sessions.

All the activities conducted during in the different work packages have been presented and discussed with the reviewers.


The Aarhus group of evFOUNDRY participated in the 1st annual meeting in The Danish Society of Extracellular Vesicles (DSEV) held in Aarhus, Denmark.

On the 3rd of October 2019, the Aarhus group of evFOUNDRY participated in the 1st annual meeting in The Danish Society of Extracellular Vesicles (DSEV) held in Aarhus, Denmark. Peter Nejsum and Anne Borup are on the board and founders of the society and were responsible for organizing the event. Anne presented a poster of results related to evFOUNDRY (see picture).



evFOUNDRY took part at the MEETmeTONIGHT (European Researchers’ Night) and Future Tech Week events.

On September 27th evFOUNDRY took part at the MEETmeTONIGHT (European Researchers’ Night) and Future Tech Week  events.

CSGI members introduced students, kids and general public to evFOUNDRY aims and strategies with a ludic-scientific stand. Venue of the event has been Santa Giulia museum in Brescia, Italy.




Debora Berti, member of the CSGI team has been appointed in the Scientific Advisory Board for SweDeliver

Debora Berti has been appointed as SAB member for Swedish Drug Delivery Center for the period 2020-2024 with a budget of 3M Euro.



evFOUNDRY M12 meeting in Bologna (Italy)

On September 5-6 2019, the evFOUNDRY team met in Bologna (hosted by ISMN – CNR  - www.ismn.cnr.it) to review the first 12 months of activity and plan next moves also in the perspective of the review meeting that will be held in Bruxelles in October. The meeting saw the participation of researchers from each partner of the evFOUNDRY consortium (see picture) involved in two days of intense discussion.


Workshop on CONAN assay in Brescia (Italy)

On the 4th of September, a workshop was held in Brescia, Italy for members of the evFOUNDRY project. Bao Dang Ho (Lund, Sweden) and Francesca Loria (Estonia, Hansa-Biomed) attended a theoretical and practical course on Colorimetric Nanoplasmonic (CONAN) assay developed in Paolo Bergese’s lab.

On the picture, from the left: Lucia Paolini, Bao Dang Ho and Francesca Loria.


evFOUNDRY got to Singapore

On 30 July 2019 Paolo Bergese introduced evFOUNDRY at the National University of Singapore (NUS), while giving a research seminar on "Nanotechnology of Cell Communication". The seminar was hosted by Prof. Rachel Ee (Dep. of Pharmacy, Faculty od Science) and Prof. James Kah (Dep. of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering).




On Nature Nanotechnology Paolo Bergese comments with other bio-nano experts on transparency and reproducibility in nanomedicine

Joy Wolfram, Sara Busatto, Mauro Ferrari and Paolo Bergese contributed, together with other international bio-nano experts, to comment the paper "Minimum information reporting in bio–nano experimental literature - MIRIBEL" . The correpondence is now published by Nature Nanotechnology. Their piece advocates integrating MIRIBEL (which is focused on synthetic nanoparticles) with specific considerations related to biogenic nanoparticles such as extracellular vesicles.




evFOUNDRY at XLVII National meeting of the Physical Chemistry Division of the Italian Chemistry Society, Rome 1-4 July 2019

evFoundry members attended the XLVII National meeting of the Physical Chemistry Division of the Italian Chemistry Society (Physics Department, "Sapienza" University of Rome, 1-4 July 2019) with several contributions:

Costanza Montis with a talk entitled "Interaction of inorganic nanoparticles with synthetic and biogenic lipid membranes: fundamental understanding and biomedical applications'"

Andrea Ridolfi with a poster: "Nanomechanical classification of extracellular vesicles" (see figure)

Debora Berti with a talk entitled  "Nanostructured materials interacting with synthetic and natural lipid mesophases: challenges and opportunities"

See the meeting website for more details: http://congressodcf2019.it/english/


Costanza Montis (evFOUNDRY personnel, CSGI) selected for a presentation in Young investigator perspective section at 9th International Colloids Conference

Costanza Montis gave a talk entitled "Interaction of inorganic nanoparticles with synthetic and biogenic lipid membranes: fundamental understanding and biomedical applications" in the Young Investigator Perspective section at the 9th International Colloids Conference, Sitges (Barcellona, Spain), June 16-19 2019. 

See the meeting website for more details: https://www.elsevier.com/events/conferences/international-colloids-conference



Workshop milk EV isolation at Utrecht University

From May 27 to May 29, Utrecht University was the stage for a workshop of milk EV isolation. In the group of Marca Wauben, visitors Richard Gillams (Southampton, UK) and Bao Dang Ho (Lund, Sweden) experienced first-handedly what its like to process raw cow's milk and to prepare size exclusion columns and density gradients needed for further purification of milk EVs.
Congratulations Ric and Bao, for your first batch of purified milk EVs!


ISEV Special Achievement Award 2019 - Recipient: Marca Wauben for recognition of her extraordinary service to EV science and to ISEV

The International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) is pleased to announce two Special Achievement Awards that were presented at the ISEV2019 annual meeting in Kyoto, Japan, 24–28 April 2019. ISEV Special Achievement Awards are given each year to one or more individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of extra- cellular vesicle (EV) research or have performed extraor- dinary service to ISEV. In 2019, ISEV Special Achievement Awards were presented to Professors Takahiro Ochiya, PhD, and Marca Wauben, PhD (see Figure)




Workshop for evFOUNDRY-members in Aarhus (DK)

On the 24th of May, a workshop was held in Aarhus, Denmark for members of the evFOUNDRY. It was a full day of discussion and demonstration of how Peter Nejsum’s group isolate and characterize EVs from Ascaris Suum helminths. Richard Gillams (Southhampton, UK) and Bao Dang Ho (Lund, Sweden) participated.

On the picture, from the left Richard Gilliams, Anne Borup and Bao Dang Ho.


evFOUNDRY at ISEV annual meeting 2019 in Kyoto, Japan

evFOUNDRY will be at the annual meeting of the International Society of Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) (Kyoto from 24th-28th April 2019), contributing to several sessions:

Martijn van Herwijnen (Utrecht University) will give a lecture on “Therapeutic Potential of Milk EVs” at the educational day (24th April)

Annalisa Radeghieri (CSGI) will give an oral presentation entitled “Different ATT isoforms are associated to EVs from ATT type II deficient patients” at the “EVs in Blood and Blood Disorders” session (25th April)

Lucia Paolini and Martijn van Herwijnen will present a poster on “The extracellular vesicle foundry: evFOUNDRY” at the “Network/society” session and will attend the ISEV Board (26th April)

Marca Wauben (Utrecht University, Secretary General of ISEV and part of the Organizing Committee of ISEV2019) will chair the “Plenary Session on RNA” (27th April).

Lucia Paolini will present two posters: “Fourier-transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) to fingerprint EV subpopulations as a whole” and “Taxonomy of individual EVs by nanomechanics” at the “Advances in EV Quantification and Characterization” poster session (27th April). 

See the meeting program for more details: https://www.isev.org/page/ISEV2019




Lucia Paolini invited talk at the “Mini-Workshop on Extracellular Vesicles: from biophysical properties to therapeutic applications”

On Thursday April 11 Lucia Paolini (evFOUNDRY personnel, CSGI) gave an invited talk at the “Mini-Workshop on Extracellular Vesicles: from biophysical properties to therapeutic applications” within EXOTHERA project funded by Interreg Italia-Österreich programme. The talk presented “evFOUNDRY: the extracellular vesicle foundry” project (see flayer for details).


Anne Borup (involved in the evFOUNDRY) have recently received two awards

First, she was awarded ‘best poster presentation’ at the PhD day, 2019 at Aarhus University and secondly she was awarded the ‘young scientist award’ for best poster presentation at the Spring Symposium 2019 in Copenhagen hosted by the Danish Society for Parasitology.


evFOUNDRY M7 meeting in Lund

On March 27th-29th 2019, the evFOUNDRY team met in Lund (hosted by LINXS - Lund Institute of Advanced Neutron and X-ray Studies http://www.linxs.lu.se) to review the first 6 months of activity and plan next moves. The meeting saw for the first time the participation of all the involved young researchers (see picture, from the left Karolina Mothander (Sweden), Lucia Paolini (Italy), Richard Gillams (UK), Andrea Ridolfi (Italy), Anne Borup (Denmark), Anders T Boysen (Denmark), Costanza Montis (Italy), Francesca Loria (Estonia), Bao Dang Ho (Sweden), Martijn van Herwijnen (The Netherlands) not in the picture).


Interview on milk Extracellular Vesicles by Martijn van Herwijnen (evFOUNDRY personnel)

The faculty of Veterinary Medicine from Utrecht University has released a new volume of VetScience magazine. This special issue on Future Food includes interviews with Professor of Intercellular Communication Marca Wauben and Martijn van Herwijnen, who explains about his work about milk-derived Extracellular Vesicles (in Dutch). http://www.uu.nl/sites/default/files/vetscience_nov2018.pdf


Ph.D. course: Extracellular vesicles (EVs) – an introduction

 Members of the Evfoundry consortium have taken the initiative, and for the first time, been running the 3 day long Ph.D. course 'Extracellular vesicles (EVs) – an introduction' at Aarhus University, Denmark, March 2019. There were 10 participants from different universities in Denmark. The participants were introduced to EVs and different aspects of EV biology and how to characterize and explore the function of EVs. During the laboratory exercises the participants enriched for EVs and characterized their sizes and numbers and finally, used western blots to identify specific markers of EVs.


Innovation hub on extracellular vesicles in Lombardy Region

evFOUNDRY will participate to a kick off event for establishing an innovation hub on extracellular vesicles in Lombardy Region. The meeting will be held on May 9th, 2019 in Milano (see flyer for details). 


Annalisa Radeghieri (evFOUNDRY personnel) receives funding for engineering extracellular vesicles to deliver antitumor agents to triple negative breast cancer organoids

Annalisa Radeghieri (evFOUNDRY personnel) has received 120,000 euro (approximately USD 137,000) in funding in the framework of an Italian Education and Research Ministry (MIUR-PRIN) grant. The project aims at “Development of biotechnological nanoparticle platform for the delivery of antitumor therapies using Patient Derived-Organoids library of Breast cancer”. It brings in collaboration University of Milano-Bicocca, University of Milan, National Research Council and University of Rome Tor Vergata. 




Professor Peter Nejsum (evFOUNDRY personnel) receives million-funding for development of new treatment method.

Danish Professor Peter Nejsum (evFOUNDRY personnel) has received DKK 3 million (approximately USD 457,800) in funding for a project to develop a new method to diagnose and treat diseases. The aim is to discover new immunotherapies and diagnose cancer through blood tests. But first step on the journey goes to the local abattoir to collect a bucket of roundworm. 








Processing large volumes of EV sources. First study supported by evFOUNDRY published on Cells.

Sara Busatto and Paolo Bergese (evFOUNDRY PI) co-authored with Joy Wolfram and colleagues from the Mayo Clinic and the Houston Methodist Research Institute a paper on the use of tangential flow filtration (TFF) for highly efficient concentration of nanosized EVs from large volumes of fluid. The study contributes to evFOUNDRY effort in exploring methods for robust massive separation of EVs based on size.


Debora Berti, member of the CSGI team has been appointed in the Editorial Board of Advances in Colloid and Interface Science.

Debora Berti, member of the CSGI team has been appointed in the Editorial Board of Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, an international journal devoted to experimental and theoretical developments in Interfacial and Colloidal Phenomena and their implications in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Technology. https://www.journals.elsevier.com/advances-in-colloid-and-interface-science/editorial-board


MISEV2018 is online

Researchers involved in evFOUNDRY contributed to the last update of the “Minimal information for studies of extracellular vesicles 2018 (MISEV2018): a position statement of the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles and update of the MISEV2014 guidelines”, which was published online in the Journal of Extracellular Vesicles at the beginning of this week. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20013078.2018.1535750


evFOUNDRY researcher Lucia Paolini selected for FET2RIN business training

evFOUNDRY researcher Lucia Paolini was selected for the FET2RIN training course (three workshops from mid-December 2018 to mid-February 2019 in Brussels).
The training, in collaboration with META, European Crowdfunding Network (ECN), and European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN), will help to look at FET project from a business perspective, assessing its strengths and weaknesses on the route to commercialization (http://www.fet2rin.com/home).


evFOUNDRY researchers participate in the foundation of EVITA, the Italian Society of Extracellular Vesicles

On October 5 2018, Lucia Paolini (evFOUNDRY recruited researcher) with Annalisa Radeghieri  (evFOUNDRY personnel, CSGI), Natasa Zarovni (evFOUNDRY personnel, HansaBioMed Life Sciences) and Paolo Bergese (evFOUNDRY coordinator) will participate in the foundation of the Italian Society of Extracellular Vesicles - EVITA.  The meeting will be held at CNR headquarters in Rome.  EVITA will connect leading Italian scientists from all the disciplines involved in EV research in the effort to advance EV research nationally and globally, in tight relationship with other EV Societies, including The International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (https://www.isev.org), the Spanish GEIVEX (http://geivex.org) and the American Society for Exosomes and Microvesicles (https://www.asemv.org).  


Annalisa Radeghieri invited talk at the International Conference on Bioengineering and Cell Therapy

On Friday September 21 Annalisa Radeghieri  (evFOUNDRY personnel, CSGI) will give an invited talk at the International Conference on Bioengineering and Cell Therapy.

The talk will be focused on the potentiality of extracellular vesicles in regenerative medicine. 


Kick off workshop

On September 12 2018, at Plesso di SANTA TERESA Florence , evFOUNDRY kicks off and opens to academic and non-academic communities with a free workshop on “Extracellular vesicles, a breakthrough in precision medicine and nanotechnology”, which sees the partners lecturing on their role and science in the project.


PRESS: quotidiano.net

Vescicole extracellulari come navette, consegnano farmaci e vaccini. https://www.quotidiano.net/blog/malpelo/ricerca-vescicole-extracellulari-come-taxi-per-farmaci-e-vaccini-33.2061 .


PRESS: Meet the Life Sciences

Nanotecnologie: nuovi approcci ed utilizzi delle vescicole extracellulari. http://www.meetthelifesciences.it/it/archvio/831-nanotecnologie-evfoundry-nuovi-approcci-ed-utilizzi-delle-vescicole-extracellulari


Scientific Contacts

Debora Berti

CSGI, Department of Chemistry University of Florence, via della Lastruccia 3, 50019 Florence (Italy)

Paolo Bergese

CSGI, Department of Molecular and Translational Medicine, University of Brescia, Viale Europa 11, 25123 Brescia, Italy

Administrative Staff

Daniela Vullo

CSGI, Department of Chemistry University of Florence, via della Lastruccia 3, 50019 Florence (Italy)

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evFOUNDRY has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 801367