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  • Cell-based immunotherapies, such as CAR T cell therapy, are effective means of treating cancer. However, technological advances in various disciplines are needed to meet the rapidly growing demand for such novel drugs. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology now summarize the current state of research and discuss possible solutions to overcome biological and technical hurdles in their recent article "Potential solutions for manufacture of CAR T cells in cancer immunotherapy" published in the journal Nature Communications.

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  • © REMEDi4ALL

    The EU-funded project REMEDi4ALL willl make a major leap forward in drug repurposing, or finding new therapeutic option for existing drugs, in areas where there are high unmet medical needs. The 3 Fraunhofer institutes participating, for Translational Medicine and Pharmacology ITMP, for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI and for Algorithms and Scientific Computing SCAI, combine expertise in the realization of in-silico and in-vitro driven drug repurposing programs, the design of predictive in vivo models, the execution of clinical trials and algorithm development for the analysis of drug discovery data.

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  • Application of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (hUC-MSC's) onto a collagen matrix (Chondro-Gide®)
    © Fraunhofer IZI

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI is certified as a GLP test facility. Most recently, the institute conducted, among other things, a preclinical study to test the safety of an ATMP for the treatment of cartilage damage to the knee. An advanced therapy medicinal product (ATMP) developed by BioPlanta GmbH was subjected to extensive testing under GLP conditions with regard to its potential undesirable biodistribution and tumorigenicity.

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  • Doctor hand holds syringe and vaccine
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    Coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI, seven Fraunhofer institutes are working on the development of automated production technologies for mRNA-based drugs. RNAuto is a Fraunhofer lighthouse project that will receive €8 million in funding from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft over the next four years.

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  • The MIC-PreCell Innovation Center at the Fraunhofer Center MEOS will be equipped with state-of-the-art devices for example for high-throughput flow cytometry.
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    At the Fraunhofer Center for Microelectronic and Optical Systems for Biomedicine (MEOS) in Erfurt, the MEOS Innovation Center for Precision Analysis of Cell Therapy Products, or MIC-PreCell for short, is being established until summer 2023. Funded with 750,000 euros from the Free State of Thuringia, this center will then support the development of new analysis methods for quality assurance and process control for the manufacturing of cell-based therapeutic products.

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  • Fraunhofer IZI and Nomad Bioscience extend and broaden collaboration

    Press release of Nomad Bioscience GmbH / January 11, 2022

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI and Nomad Bioscience GmbH have extended and expanded their collaboration. In July 2020, both had concluded an initial research and development agreement. The Fraunhofer IZI Molecular Drug Biochemistry and Therapeutics Development Branch in Halle (Saale) supports the Munich-based company in the identification and preclinical development of pharmaceutical product candidates, in particular through assay development, pharmacological and toxicological studies, and the development of preclinical models.

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  • Outstanding bachelor thesis awarded

    News / November 26, 2021

    Lukas Nöltner, a student at Biberach University of Applied Sciences, was honored for his bachelor's thesis on "Characterization of monoclonal antibodies against the HERV Fc1 envelope protein", which was written at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI. Biberach University of Applied Sciences honors students for outstanding achievements twice a year. The 500 euro prize in the field of pharmaceutical biotechnology was sponsored by the company Boehringer Ingelheim.

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  • Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology are working on developing a tissue that can be used to filter and inactivate airborne pathogens. On November 11, 2021, the project team from Leipzig received a funding commitment from the Else Kröner-Fresenius Stiftung (EKFS) for the "Aerocatch" project.

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