Oncode Institute aims to outsmart cancer and impact lives. To achieve this, Oncode focuses on three pillars: excellent research, intensive collaboration and powerful valorization. The research strategy is focused on understanding the basic mechanisms of cancer to realize the ultimate goal: safer and more effective medical solutions as well as personalized precision diagnostics. Oncode brings together excellent cancer researchers in The Netherlands: 61 research groups from 12 different Dutch research institutes collaborate on 6 interdisciplinary research themes. To speed up the translation of scientific discoveries into clinical applications, Oncode has a dedicated team of specialists to support scientists in the valorization process.

icon_Hands 12 partner institutions


61 Principal Investigators

icon_Money € 120 million


funding for 5 years

About Oncode Institute

Over the past decades, the scientific and medical community has made tremendous progress in understanding and treating cancer. However, the disease still has a large burden on society as cancer has become the primary cause of death in The Netherlands. In an effort to address this unmet clinical need, Dutch cancer researchers have joined forces within Oncode Institute. To come up with new avenues for treatment and diagnosis, Oncode focuses on better understanding the fundamental mechanisms of cancer biology. With the ultimate goal to improve long-term survival and the quality of life of patients.Oncode serves as a platform for excellent cancer researchers in The Netherlands to collaborate, share knowledge, expertise and technology. As a virtual Institute it stimulates scientific freedom and offers dedicated support to optimize the translation of fundamental insights into clinical applications. Outsmarting cancer, impacting lives.  Visit the Oncode website for more information about the project.

Over 800+ Oncode researchers working under a single strategy that focuses on six different research themes:

  1. Development of novel technologies
  2. Understanding the critical drivers of tumour growth and the causes of resistance
  3. Analysis of network perturbations in tumours and tumour-host interactions
  4. Causes and consequences of genetic instability
  5. Identification of critical drug combinations and biomarkers for personalized cancer treatments
  6. Mobilising immune defence

Oncode invests heavily in the transfer of results from fundamental research into clinical applications. A team of dedicated specialists will help Oncode researchers with valorization of their findings. Furthermore, Oncode offers tailored training programs for affiliated researchers and actively invests in diversity through its Young Female Investigator program. 

Accelerating innovation by partnership management

Based on its broad experience with partnership management and communication, Lygature has become a partner of Oncode. Lygature supports Oncode Institute with the following services:

  • Program management
  • Communication & external affairs
  • Finance & IT-infrastructure
  • Patient engagement

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Project updates


  • How to manage a top research group

    Is there a secret recipe for a successful research group? How do you recruit the best scientists? And how do you ensure that people in your team can excel?  Three Oncode Investigators who are in different stages of their scientific careers: Miao-Ping Chien, Linde Meyaard, and René Bernards, were interviewed.

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  • Fundamental research for tomorrow’s patients

    Cancer is still a massive problem. Nowadays it is the leading cause of death in The Netherlands and 1 out of 3 people is affected by it. Why haven’t we defeated cancer yet? 

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  • Oncode Institute expands by recruiting seven talented female junior investigators

    We are pleased to announce that we are expanding. Seven talented female scientists have been selected to join Oncode as junior investigators. They were selected out of 56 applicants, based on their track record, research focus and potential to contribute to the mission of Oncode.

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