The Competence Centre for Cancer Research (CCCR) was founded in 2005 with the aim to improve the quality of cancer therapy by developing and implementing new diagnostic platforms and offering the pharmaceutical industry new drug candidates. Currently the project portfolio of CCCR involves 3 basic research project, 8 applied projects in drug development and 4 applied projects in diagnostics.
CCCR brings together the top competences in cancer research in Estonia. CCCR was founded by the following consortium:
- Tallinn University of Technology
- North Estonia Medical Centre
- Trial Form Support TFS AB
- CeMines Estonia Ltd
- Cambrex Tallinn Ltd
- Kevelt Ltd
- Celecure Ltd
- Inbio Ltd
CCCR is a research and development institution that is certified by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Science. However, the focus of CCCR’s research and development activities is on the implementation of the results in clinical practice. In 2010 CCCR received a special recognition at the Finnish Quality Innovation Awards from the President of Finland Mrs. Tarja Halonen for complex service for oncogenetic consultation and testing. Oncogenetic testing is carried out by CCCR’s partner IB Genetics Ltd. In 2007 CCCR was awarded the prize for the best spin-off company by the City of Tallinn.
CCCR is financed by the partners, and EU Structural Funds in the framework of the Research and Development Projects’ Programme and the Competence Centres’ Programme. The latter belongs to the international COMPERA network. CCCR also receives basic financing from the Estonian Ministry of Education and Science. Basic research projects are supported by the Estonian Science Foundation.
CCCR is a member of the following organisations and networks:
- Estonian Biotechnology Association
- Estonian HealthTech Cluster
- Cell Therapy Cluster
- The British-Estonian Chamber of Commerce
- Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Medicine Estonia Cluster
CCCR co-operation partners:
In August 2012, CCCR established a spin-off company called CCCR Cambridge Ltd. The company is located at Babraham Research Campus in Cambridge, UK.
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