microRNA biomarker discovery and development

TAmiRNA operates a fully equipped research and development laboratory for automated high-throughput screening of microRNA transcript levels in virtually any biological sample including cells, tissues and biofluids. TAmiRNA has further developed protocols for the isolation of microvesicles and RNA from various biofluids and tissues. A robust RNA profiling platform allows high throughput screening of full miRNome (~ 2000 microRNAs) down to specific sets of microRNAs. For this purpose TAmiRNA has implemented locked-nucleic-acid (LNA) based qPCR technologies as well as next-generation sequencing technologies. For testing the biological function of microRNAs, various molecular biology tools and in vitro bioassays have been developed in collaboration with the Grillari Labs and Evercyte. In collaboration with biostatisticians, bioinformaticians, and epidemiologists we achieve to identify and validate microRNA biomarkers with utility for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment monitoring and drug development.

biomarker development programs

TAmiRNA leverages the diagnostic potential of circulating microRNAs as surrogates of tissue health as well as important physiological processes for the development of novel diagnostic tests to improve the management of age-associated diseases.

As part of its most advanced development project, TAmiRNA has identified circulating microRNA biomarkers, which can be used to predict fracture risk in post-menopausal women and aged men – the osteomiR® test. This novel biomarker is intended to facilitate early diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis to prevent the risk of severe osteoporotic fractures.

The second advanced project in the pipeline is the thrombomiR® test, a novel minimal-invasive surrogate parameter for platelet function. The thrombomiR® test can be used to determine platelet activity retrospectively using stored plasma samples. Potential applications are the diagnosis of treatment response to anti-platelet therapy, identification of patients with high on-treatment platelet reactivity, and as readout to optimize drug dosage by balancing efficacy and bleeding risk In addition, the test could potentially be used as a predictive biomarker for the severity and adverse outcomes of cardiovascular disease.

Early stage projects of TAmiRNA in the area of liver disease, cancer and aging have recently been launched to ensure sustainable growth of TAmiRNA´s product pipeline in the future.

We are constantly looking to expand or product and technology pipeline through in-licensing of intellectual property from academia and industry.


TAmiRNA is constantly growing

We are constantly seeking for opportunities to expand our R&D pipeline and to extend our competitive advantage through new RNA detection technologies.

looking for technology in-licensing

We are seeking

  • microRNA biomarkers with validated utility for early diagnosis, prognosis or treatment monitoring in chronic age-related diseases.
  • microRNA detection technologies that enable rapid, integrated and quantitative analysis of microRNAs in biological specimens.

Ideally IP has already been filed and positive evaluation by search reports are available.

research grant applications

As a small and medium enterprise (SME) we are willing to contribute our knowledge and analytical services to national and international grant applications in the area of personalized medicine. We have long-standing experience in grant applications, since we have participated in several funded FP7 and H2020 research grant applications.



FIDELIO aims to train the next generation of scientists in order to tackle the challenges of diabetic bone disease from various angles and with the newest technologies available.


This project has received funding from the Eurostars-2 joint programme with co-funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.


IMI2 project – TransBioLine
The Translational Safety Biomarker Pipeline (TransBioLine) project focus on development of biomarkers of injury for liver, kidney, pancreas, vasculature, central nervous system (CNS) and the development of non-invasive microRNA biomarkers using liquid biopsies. www.transbioline.com


Die Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft FFG
“Basisprogramm” financing of R&D cooperations of TAmiRNA.


Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH (AWS)
Seed and Pre-Seed financing of TAmiRNA


COST Action
This Action aims to create an interdisciplinary network to accelerate the understanding of transcriptomics in cardiovascular disease (CVD) and further the translation of experimental data into usable applications to improve personalized medicine in this field.


The SME Instrument – Horizon 2020
The SME instrument (Horizon 2020) offers seamless business innovation support from idea to market, covering the three stages of the full innovation cycle (proof-of-concept, innovation development and commercialisation).


7th Framework Program EU-funded project