In recent years, gene-modified T cells have led to astonishing results in the treatment of some types of leukemia. However, these therapies are costly, require long manufacturing processes and are only effective against a few tumor types.
In the NK Cell Technologies Unit, state-of-the-art genetic engineering techniques are used to enable natural killer (NK) cells to efficiently fight cancer cells. NK cells are part of the innate immune system, and NK cell-based advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) can be produced from healthy donor cells, creating an "off-the-shelf" product that can be delivered to many patients. Current therapeutic approaches using NK cells, while very safe for patients, are often not effective enough to permanently reduce tumor burden. The focus of our work is on various approaches to increase the cytotoxicity of NK cells against tumor cells.
In vitro test assays
We could contribute these competences to the following projects, for example: