Partners – University of Copenhagen

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The partners of CARTNET are:

University of Copenhagen

Denmark: With over 40,000 students and more than 9,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen is one of the largest institutions of research and education in the Nordic countries.

At the Department of Veterinary and animal sciences there are approximately 70 PhD students and research focuses on animal and zoonotic bacterial infections, with antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial drug discovery being major research areas. As part of the Faculty of Health and Medical Science there is a close interaction between veterinary and human sciences giving strong support for One Health approaches.

Wageningen University

Wageningen University is an internationally leading education and research organization and is with more than 5,000 employees the largest organization focusing on life sciences in the Netherlands.

WU participates through the Host-Microbe Interactomics (HMI) Group which is part of the Animal Sciences Group (ASG). The multidisciplinary HMI group performs internationally competitive research on the host and microbe as a system which has applications in the areas of intestinal health, vaccination, immunomodulation, and antimicrobial discovery.

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

The Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) is a public institution, and with more than 90.000 students, one of the largest universities world-wide. Within the UCM, several faculties are devoted to teaching and research in zoonotic diseases including the Veterinary School, the School of Pharmacy and the School of Medicine.

The Department of Animal Health of the Veterinary School is currently in charge of education and research in infectious and parasitic diseases of animals, as well as in epidemiology and general and clinical microbiology.

University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is ranked in the top 10 universities within the UK and the School of Life Sciences, which has received the highest possible grade in all the research selectivity exercises, has a large postgraduate (>200) population.

The School is multidisciplinary and investigates a wide range of systems from the molecular and cellular to the whole organism and population levels with a number of consistent threads amongst this apparent diversity. Research interests are divided between the research themes; and the School provides an extremely well-equipped research environment.

Instituto de Biomedicina de Valencia, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientifica

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. The CSIC has 70 fully own institutes and 53 additional Joint Research Units with universities or other research institutions, employing more than 13,000 people.

The Institute of Biomedicine of Valencia (IBV) is a fully own Institutes of CSIC with more than 150 members. Structural and bioinformatics studies on the cell signalling as well as the identification and characterization of new therapeutics targets for the rational development of novel drugs are major research lines at the IBV.

Ghent University

Today Ghent University attracts over 41,000 students. Ghent University is ranked 62nd in the Shanghai and 118th in the Times ranking. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is ranked first in the Shanghai ranking.

The university is one of the fastest growing European universities in terms of research capacity and productivity, and its commitment to European research excellence is reflected by the recent extension of the  ‘European Office’ in its Research Office, i.e. the department overseeing, guiding and administering research projects. By the fact it hosts 47 ERC grant holders (27 under FP7 and 22 under H2020) and acquired 36 Marie Skłodowska Curie fellowships (26 under FP7 and 12 under H2020). 

University of Ghent provides excellent training opportunities to both young and experienced researchers, for which it has been rewarded the HR Excellence in Research label by the European Commission. Ghent University awarded 674 PhD degrees in 2016 of which over 30% went to international young researchers and counts 17 highly cited authors (Thomson Reuters) among its academic staff.

Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis

The Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis (LIOS) is an independent research organization operating under the Ministry of Science and Education. It works in close collaboration with two major local universities to support student education both at undergraduate and graduate level.

LIOS is a working place for 300 employees, 110 of them holding a PhD degree. The main activities of LIOS are medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, process research and analytical chemistry.

Statens Serum Institute

Statens Serum Institut (SSI) employs more than 1400 people in the areas of research, surveillance of infectious diseases such as MRSA and TB, epidemiology and vaccinology. The Department of Microbiology and Infection Control, SSI has 140 employees primarily PhD's and MDs.

The department hosts the National Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia (SAB) repository with all Danish SAB clinical isolates since 1958 (today more than 40,000 isolates) as well as all MRSA‟s since 1988 – in all 6,500 isolates.

The department is coordinator of the national surveillance of antimicrobial resistance through the work of DANMAP (Danish Study Group for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance), which is part of the European Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance program (EARS-net) considered to be one of the best surveillance programs in Europe.

Naicons Srl

Naicons Srl is an SME devoted to the discovery, characterization and development of novel bioactive compounds, particularly antibiotics. Its technology platform is based on a large and diversified collection of microbial strains with a track record for producing bioactive compounds.

Naicons acts as an integrated discovery engine, with expertise in molecular and industrial microbiology, natural product chemistry and bioassays. Its pipeline includes compounds at the late preclinical and early clinical stages. The company team currently consists of about 15 scientists.

Oxford Drug Design

Oxford Drug Design is a spin-out company from the Chemistry Department of the University of Oxford, founded in 2001 by Professor W. G. Richards. Oxford Drug Design develops and applies novel methods for Computer-Aided Drug Design using cheminformatics databases, proprietary ligand-based molecular similarity methods and structure-based design approaches.


Zoetis, previously known as Pfizer Animal Health is the largest Animal Health solutions company with singular focus on companion animals and livestock‟s wellbeing and performance. Zoetis is building on 60 years of experience – developing quality medicines and vaccines, diagnostic products, genetic tests and a range of relevant services.

Zoetis has approximately 10,000 colleagues of which approximately 1,100 people are R&D specialists. They have established many productive research collaborations with most of the major Vet Schools and Institutes in Europe.

Schothorst Feed Research

Schothorst Feed Research is an SME with a focus on nutrition of livestock animals. The organization advises feed companies, provides feed tables and nutrient requirements, consultancy and performs experiments for suppliers of the feed industry. SFR employs 70 persons of whom more than half have a university degree or university of applied sciences qualification. Per January 1rst, 2017 the customers of SFR produced > 8 % of the global feed production.