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8.7.2020

Prognostic biomarkers for prostate cancer identified

Led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI in Leipzig, as well as the Department of Urology of the University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine of the Technische Universität Dresden, a team of researchers has succeeded, for the first time, in identifying prognostic biomarkers for prostate cancer which are based on transcriptome-wide gene sequencing. The description of the developed gene signature for the assessment of prostate cancer after surgery has now been published in the renowned “European Urology” journal.
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30.6.2020

Astacin Proteases Unit established at Fraunhofer IZI

On 20th May 2020, the Astacin Proteases junior working group started its work at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (IZI). This group, which is headed by Dr Daniel Ramsbeck, primarily focuses on the design and development of meprin inhibitors and the development of ovastacin inhibitors. The research group will be funded by the Investitionsbank Sachsen-Anhalt (using funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)) for a period of roughly two years.
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19.5.2020

Patented Fraunhofer IZI technology facilitates specific Dengue virus diagnostics

A new technology developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (IZI) facilitates a specific, sensitive diagnosis of the Dengue virus. The patented procedure has been licensed to two companies and corresponding antibody tests are now available on the market. As a result, both the four different Dengue virus serotypes can be differentiated and also the Dengue virus itself can be distinguished from other closely related flaviviruses, which include the yellow fever virus and tick-borne encephalitis virus, in addition to the Zika virus and the West Nile virus. Moreover, work is already underway to adapt the procedure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the West Nile virus.
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5.5.2020

Professor Ulrich Demuth appointed to the German Ethics Council

On 23 April 2020, Professor Ulrich Demuth was elected to the German Ethics Council by the Bundestag. He was then formally appointed by President of the Bundestag, Dr Wolfgang Schäuble, on 30 April 2020. At present, Professor Demuth works for the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (IZI) in an advisory capacity. Until January 2020, he headed the Fraunhofer IZI Branch of Bioanalytics and Bioprocesses at the Potsdam-Golm site and ran the Fraunhofer IZI Drug Design and Target Validation Department in Halle (Saale), which he set up in 2013.
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