She is Italian and is the candidates for the European Inventor Award 2019 in the “Research” category thanks to his new and potentially revolutionary ISET (Isolation by SizE of Tumour cells) method.
Already patented, the process is non-invasive and serves to determine the early detection of cancer through simple blood tests. By French adoption, Patrizia Paterlini-Bréchot is one of the names that has been circulating for days between the offices ofEPO,the European Patent Office, that is the European Patent Office that a few days ago officially announced the inclusion of the Italian researcher in the pool of finalists of the coveted recognition that will be delivered during the the awards ceremony in Wien on 20 June.
The method, which has been in the testing phase for several years, would in practice be able to anticipate the creation of metastases by detecting the formation of tumors well in advance.All through a blood filtration that would allow to isolate and especially identify cancer cells (CTCs). Once the presence of these cellular anomalies is detected, the next step is to identify the place where the tumor begins to emerge. Hitting it well before the formation of metastases that are the real cause of death of patients with cancer diseases
The inclusion of the project is a kind of revenge for Paterlini-Bréchot. His method, which has been the subject of publications since 2017, has in the past not failed to provoke controversy, especially because of the high cost that could result from the analysis, as well as the fact that, according to a small part of the scientific community, would be a poorly effective method.
The members of the examination committee, which is made up of an independent international jury, would be convinced by the results of the last years of experimentation. Alongside the Italian scientist, 14 other candidates from 12 different countries: Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.Finally, five categories of the award: Industry, Research, Non-European Countries, Small and Medium Enterprises and Career