About us

COPE is a complex multi-national research project. Please find here a few facts and figures for you to get to know our work "at a glance":


  • COPE has 13 partners accross six European countries.


  • We gather 7 academic institutions, 5 industry partners and 1 non-profit organisation.


  • COPE is funded through the European Union's 7th Framework Programme for research, technolgocial development and demonstration.


  • Our project has a budget of 6 million Euros for a duration of 5.5 years.


  • We started COPE in January 2013.


  • COPE is running three clinical trials, two experimental work packages and one consolidated biobank.


  • COPE is the official organ preservation task force of the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT)


  • Accross our three trials, we aim at over 650 transplants and the surgical teams involved in our trials are working in six different languages.


  • Our liver trial has already finished its recruitment with the 220th liver transplanted in March 2016. The COMPARE trial has also finished recruitment with a total of 105 transplanted kidney pairs in April 2017 and our POMP study is at 91% of target as of February 2018.


  • In our biobank, we gather blood, urine, perfusate, bile and tissue samples from organ donors and recipients.


  • The biobank will gather over 5.000 specimens, which will be aliquotted into an even bigger number of small sample sizes for research purposes.


  • Towards the end of our project's lifetime, remaining samples will be moved to the Oxford Radcliffe Biobank (ORB) for future research.


  • We have a team of over 30 highly motivated people working in surgery, biobanking, translational research, project and trial management.


  • We cooperate with over 20 transplant centres across six countries which are not direct partners in COPE but tirelessly help us achieve our recruitment targets in the trials.


  • Additionally to our trials, COPE will also deliver a Health Economics Analysis for each new intervention tested.


  • Our trial logistics are very challenging as we never know where a donation will happen and to which recipient the organ will be allocated. To overcome this challenge, we work with a team of over 120 Transplant Technicians accross the UK and the Continent to ensure sample and data collection.
COPE booth at the ESOT congress 2015

This project has received funding from the European Union's 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement 305934.

COPE Consortium - 2017