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The LION-HEARTED consortium is composed of 8 partners across Europe, with a well-balanced contribution between leading actors in material science, chemistry, physics and technology (IIT, UPV/EHU, UNIBO, JKU) and internationally recognized experts in biology and medicine, with specific focus on cardiovascular diseases (UNIPV, ICH and CHARITE).

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)

IIT is a scientific research center established in 2003 by Italian law with the mission of promoting excellence in both basic and applied research and of facilitating national economic development.

University of Pavia - Department of Biology and Biotechnology “L. Spallanzani” (DBB)

The Department of Biology and Biotechnology "Lazzaro Spallanzani" of the University of Pavia is a multidisciplinary scientific reality of about 230 people including professors, fellows, scholars, PhD students, technicians/administrative staff and internship students.


Humanitas is a highly-specialised hospital, research, and teaching center, which hosts Humanitas University, an academic institute dedicated to medical sciences.

Technische Universität München (TUM)

Technische Universität München (TUM) is one of Europe top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists.

The Johannes Kepler University (JKU)

The Johannes Kepler University (JKU) is a public university in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. JKU is a leading research-focused higher education institution.

Università di Bologna (UNIBO)

Università di Bologna (UNIBO) contributes to the LIONHEARTED project with its expertise on microscopic imaging techniques. One of the key problems to solve during the project is to understand and control the interaction between the light stimulated nanomaterial and the heart tissue.

University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

Innovative Polymers group is integrated into BERC POLYMAT Basque Centre for Macromolecular Design and Engineering ( at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). POLYMAT is devoted to use-inspired fundamental research on synthesis, assembly and processing of polymers that in concert with theory and simulation enable addressing to the 21st century challenges such as energy, health care and sustainability.

Charité University Medicine Berlin

Charité University Medicine Berlin is one of the largest university hospitals in Europe. The Department of Cardiology at the Charité Campus Virchow-Klinikum provides top-level clinical care, large-scale patient studies in a dedicated clinical research unit and a specific focus on translational small and large animal models of cardiac disease.