Drug Discovery & Development
Blocking some T cells may unleash full power of immune system against cancer
Researchers have identified a way to restrict regulatory T-cell activity in tumor cells, which in turn can unleash other immune cells to attack tumors in cancer patients. The research is being published in the August 3 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read More
Optogenetic gene therapy provides hope for retinitis pigmentosa patients
Optogenetic therapy bypasses traditional methods of repairing defective photoreceptors in the eye by targeting other retinal cells. Recently, three examples of optogenetic therapeutics under development highlight many of the challenges this type of gene therapy faces for the treatment of a devastating genetic eye disease. Read More
Cellular programming spurs next-generation cell therapies
Cellular reprogramming of ex vivo cells may offer improvements on first-generation adoptive cell therapies, which have experienced limited clinical success due to complex manufacturing, potential patient rejection, and availability of clinical cell types. Further, in vivo reprogramming may expand on this concept by eliminating the need for manufacture and the risk of immune rejection. Read More
Gene therapy tackles 2 rare childhood diseases 2 different ways
Two new studies point to the efficient use of gene therapy to treat deadly childhood genetic diseases. The first study used direct gene therapy infusion to treat a rare neurodevelopmental disorder, while the second study used prenatal base editing in mouse models as proof of concept for the treatment of genetic diseases. These vastly different approaches show the promise of gene therapy for a variety of devastating diseases. Read More
CAR-NK cells hold promise for solid tumors
A new cancer immunotherapy that leverages the ability of natural killer (NK) cells to discriminate between cancer and normal cells has shown promise in solid tumors. The technology incorporates the cancer-targeting ability of chimeric antigen receptors (CARs), according to data published in iScience on June 25. Read More
NanoTemper unveils Andromeda to increase protein production
NanoTemper Technologies has released Andromeda, an instrument that determines optimal expression levels and thermal stability of recombinant membrane proteins in crude lysates. Read More
Advancing from CAR T-cell therapies to modified NK cell therapies
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies have quickly become promising candidates for the treatment of many cancers. However, other immune cell types, such as natural killer (NK) cells, may be effective for some cancers, such as solid tumors, that are traditionally challenging for CAR T therapies. The science behind this concept is worth examining. Read More
Blackstone, Intellia, Cellex to launch company addressing limitations of cell therapies
Blackstone Life Sciences has committed $250 million toward the launch of a new autologous and allogeneic universal chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy company. Also taking part in the launch are Intellia Therapeutics and Cellex Cell Professionals, the parent company of GEMoaB, a clinical-stage cell therapy company. Read More
Personalized cell therapies offer hope for some of the toughest cancers
Complete with a long-term vision of developing a pipeline of oncology therapies that modulate the functional immune system, Sotio of the Czech Republic is breaking into the world of autologous immuno-oncology therapies. The company's goal is to eventually become a prominent European pharmaceutical firm, according to Radek Špíšek, PhD, CEO and founding scientist of Sotio, who spoke with ScienceBoard.net in a recent interview. Read More
Danaher to acquire Aldevron in deal valued at $9.6B
Danaher announced it has signed a deal to buy DNA and messenger RNA manufacturer Aldevron for approximately $9.6 billion. Aldevron will operate as a standalone company in Danaher's Life Sciences business segment and is expected to boost Danaher's activities in genomic medicine. Read More
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