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ECRAID-Base Kicks Off

On March 1st ECRAID (the European Clinical Research Alliance for Infectious Diseases)-Base was officially launched, followed by a virtual kickoff meeting that same week where the scientific plans and the management aspects of ECRAID-Base were presented.

During the virtual meeting the vision and purpose of ECRAID-Base were presented, as well as the strategic agenda and the steps towards ECRAID becoming an independent not-for-profit legal entity in 2021. Marc Bonten – ECRAID Co-coordinator – opened the meeting by giving insights on the key objectives of the project and the next steps. ECRAID-Base’s contribution to the European Commission (EC)’s infectious diseases policy activities was also illustrated by Arjon van Hengel, Director General of the EC Research and Innovation.

Read ECRAID-Base Press Release

Ram finds that good project management is necessary to ensure:

  • Efficiency in collaborating: understand who does what, where are the interdependencies, what are the expectations;
  • Communicate on issues, delays, questions: avoid misunderstanding;
  • Achieving the set objectives, milestones and deliverables without any delays and within the budget of the project.


ECRAID-Base is the core set of activities for ECRAID, which aspires to become the first of its kind, pan-European clinical research network for infectious diseases in Europe. Over the five-year duration of ECRAID-Base, ECRAID will evolve into a self-sustaining, not-for-profit organization conducting clinical research.

ECRAID-Base is the unification of several networks into one central sustainable infrastructure. The networks built by COMBACTE and PREPARE will allow running clinical research faster, easier, and more cost-effective.

“Having the infrastructure from the networks built in COMBACTE and PREPARE put us in a privileged position back in 2018. Another advantage was the governments’ recognition of the relevance of the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) issue” – Marc Bonten, COMBACTE Program Coordinator & ECRAID-Plan co-Coordinator


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