Immunology
MASTER technology could transform CAR T-cell therapy
A new technology that helps CAR T cells attack cancer cells more aggressively than conventional methods has been published by researchers from North Carolina. Called multifunctional alginate scaffold for T-cell engineering and release (MASTER), the technology was described in a paper published on March 24 in Nature Biotechnology. Read More
Gene therapy shows long-term benefits for children with WAS
A lentiviral-based gene therapy treatment for children with Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome (WAS) has demonstrated long-term benefits, according to research recently published in Nature Medicine. The findings demonstrate a safe alternative to the traditional treatment protocol. Read More
Scientists improve ADC development with mix of experimental, computational tools
BOSTON -- Greg Thurber, PhD, professor at the University of Michigan explained how his lab is jointly using both experimental animal models and computational models to improve the overall speed and efficiency of drug development of antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) to get more of the agents on the market. Thurber presented in a scientific session at the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) 2022 International Conference and Expo. Read More
Bio-Rad develops antidaratumumab antibodies for drug monitoring
Bio-Rad Laboratories has launched a range of antidaratumumab antibodies that are specific for daratumumab (Darzalex) and inhibit the binding of the drug to its target, CD38. These highly specific and high-affinity recombinant antibodies are suitable for bioanalysis and drug monitoring of daratumumab and its biosimilars, according to the company. Read More
mRNA-based therapeutics pioneer innovation in the biopharmaceutical industry
In the age of COVID-19, many novel therapeutics have been brought to the forefront, most notably mRNA-based therapies. This technology has been used in two of the most prominent COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the U.S. under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization. As a result, some companies are expanding mRNA-based technology to apply it to other therapies while further strengthening its use in vaccines. Read More
Do advanced therapies have a place in women's health?
Change may be on the horizon for the traditionally competitive and underinvested field of women's health, according to scientific experts in the field. With increased awareness, fast-paced innovation, and appropriate investment, the sector is ripe for progress. ScienceBoard spoke with Martin Lehr, CEO of Context Therapeutics, as part of Biotech Finance Month 2022. Read More
New 'antibody-decorated nanocrystals' target cancer cells
Researchers have bioengineered a metal-organic framework antibody drug delivery system that has the potential to fast-track personalized therapies for cancer and other diseases. The findings were published December 7 in the journal Advanced Materials. Read More
McMaster, Sartorius partner on improving biomanufacturing
Sartorius Stedim Biotech and McMaster University, which is located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, plan to collaborate on an effort to improve advanced manufacturing processes for antibody and virus-based treatments for diseases like COVID-19 and cancer. Read More
Abcam to purchase BioVision for $340M
Custom antibody developer Abcam plans to purchase biotechnology firm BioVision for $340 million. Read More
Scientists visualize viruses in motion using advanced electron microscopy
Advanced electron microscopy has enabled researchers to visualize how human viruses move in high resolution in a near-native environment. The visualization technique, published in Advanced Materials on July 24, could lead to an improved understanding of the molecular mechanisms of vaccines and therapeutics. Read More
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