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Study: HBV exposure increases immune system maturation of infants

Study: HBV exposure increases immune system maturation of infants

A Singapore led study has shown that Hepatitis B Virus Infection (HBV) exposure increases the immune system maturation of infants, which may give a better survival advantage to counteract bacterial infection during early life. These findings radically modify the way that HBV vertical infection of neonates (mother-to-child) is portrayed, and present a paradigm shift in the approach to treatment of patients with chronic hepatitis B. [More]
Theravectys gets authorization to produce lentiviral vectors for clinical use and CAR-T cell-based immunotherapy

Theravectys gets authorization to produce lentiviral vectors for clinical use and CAR-T cell-based immunotherapy

THERAVECTYS, a clinical development biotechnology company that focuses on the development of therapeutic vaccines and immunotherapies, proudly announces that its manufacturing plant has obtained the status of a pharmaceutical manufacturing establishment, granted by the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety. [More]
Personalized gene therapy to fight against cancer

Personalized gene therapy to fight against cancer

The fight to treat cancer and eradicate tumors will likely benefit from a new set of treatments if early development phases continue to show promise, according to Kalorama Information. The healthcare market research publisher stated that gene therapies that are able to deliver genetic material to a specific cell population or tumor that will result in the destruction of the tumor. [More]
New approach to treating B-ALL tumour disease

New approach to treating B-ALL tumour disease

B cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, or B-ALL, is the most common tumour disease in children and also occurs in adults. It develops when signalling pathways in immature B cells, or pre-B cells, are dysregulated. Prof. Dr. Markus Müschen from the University of California in San Francisco, USA, and his team worked together with the BIOSS researchers Prof. Dr. Hassan Jumaa and Prof. Dr. Michael Reth to find a new approach for treating the B-ALL tumour disease. [More]
Newly discovered bodily process may explain fetal brain bleeds

Newly discovered bodily process may explain fetal brain bleeds

A newly discovered bodily process in mice may explain why some human fetuses who have different antigens than their mothers suffer life-threatening brain bleeds, according to a new study. [More]
Radiation treatment can be delayed after prostatectomy to prevent side effects, say studies

Radiation treatment can be delayed after prostatectomy to prevent side effects, say studies

Important news for men receiving treatment for prostate cancer: Two new studies from the University of Virginia School of Medicine have upended the widely held view that it's best to delay radiation treatment as long as possible after the removal of the prostate in order to prevent unwanted side effects. [More]
New triple combination therapy shows promise in controlling advanced melanoma

New triple combination therapy shows promise in controlling advanced melanoma

Results of a new study by UCLA researchers has found that a groundbreaking new triple combination therapy shows promising signs of more effectively controlling advanced melanoma than previous BRAF + MEK inhibitor or BRAF inhibitor + immunotherapy combos alone, and with increased immune response and fewer side effects. [More]
Researchers find way to enhance effects of immunotherapy in glioblastoma

Researchers find way to enhance effects of immunotherapy in glioblastoma

When cancer strikes, it may be possible for patients to fight back with their own defenses, using a strategy known as immunotherapy. According to a new study published in Nature, researchers have found a way to enhance the effects of this therapeutic approach in glioblastoma, a deadly type of brain cancer, and possibly improve patient outcomes. [More]
Researchers successfully generate cells of immune system to target, destroy cancer cells

Researchers successfully generate cells of immune system to target, destroy cancer cells

Researchers at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine Berlin-Buch and Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Berlin-Buch, have succeeded in generating cells of the immune system to specifically target and destroy cancer cells. [More]
New range of purified, soluble immunoreceptors announced by AMSBIO

New range of purified, soluble immunoreceptors announced by AMSBIO

AMSBIO has announced a new range of purified, soluble immunoreceptors involved in key signalling pathways. Together with new indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) assay kits these products that can be used to screen for inhibitors of protein-protein interaction, as well as neutralizing antibodies that serve as positive controls for inhibition. [More]
ImmunoCellular, PharmaCell sign manufacturing agreement for European production of ICT-107

ImmunoCellular, PharmaCell sign manufacturing agreement for European production of ICT-107

ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd. today announced the establishment of an agreement with PharmaCell B.V. to provide contract manufacturing services for the European production of ICT-107, a dendritic cell-based cancer immunotherapy in development as a potential treatment for glioblastoma (GBM). [More]
TxCell to receive US patent for Ovasave to treat inflammatory bowel disease

TxCell to receive US patent for Ovasave to treat inflammatory bowel disease

TxCell SA, a biotechnology company developing innovative, cost-effective, personalized T cell immunotherapies using antigen specific regulatory T-cells (Ag-Tregs) for severe chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, today announces that a key patent is to be granted on March 31 2015 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. [More]
Physicians, researchers to discuss advances in cancer immunotherapies at UChicago symposium

Physicians, researchers to discuss advances in cancer immunotherapies at UChicago symposium

The Ben May Department for Cancer Research at the University of Chicago will hold a day-long symposium on cancer immunotherapy for physicians and researchers. [More]
Study may help men make better decisions about aggressive prostate cancer treatments

Study may help men make better decisions about aggressive prostate cancer treatments

A Northwestern University-led study in the emerging field of nanocytology could one day help men make better decisions about whether or not to undergo aggressive prostate cancer treatments. [More]
NantWorks, Sorrento collaborate to discover and develop novel anti-cancer immunotherapies

NantWorks, Sorrento collaborate to discover and develop novel anti-cancer immunotherapies

NantWorks, Inc. and Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc., announced today that they have entered into a binding agreement to initiate a global collaboration to discover and develop novel anti-cancer immunotherapies derived from Sorrento's proprietary G-MAB library against neoepitopes of tumor-specific antigens discovered using NantWorks' proprietary pan-omics based, precision medicine approach. [More]
Vaxil Bio's ImMucin receives EMA orphan drug designation for treatment of Multiple Myeloma

Vaxil Bio's ImMucin receives EMA orphan drug designation for treatment of Multiple Myeloma

Vaxil Bio, a leading developer of immunotherapeutic products to treat cancer and infectious diseases, reports today that its lead drug candidate, ImMucin has received orphan drug designation from the European Medicines Agency of the European Commission for the treatment of Multiple Myeloma (MM), a blood cancer. [More]
Endo announces commercial availability of NATESTO nasal gel for men with hypogonadism

Endo announces commercial availability of NATESTO nasal gel for men with hypogonadism

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP) (TSX: ENL), announced today the commercial availability of NATESTO (testosterone nasal gel), the first and only nasal gel for testosterone replacement therapy in adult males diagnosed with hypogonadism. [More]
HBV genotype C HBeAg seroconversion rate ‘negligible’

HBV genotype C HBeAg seroconversion rate ‘negligible’

Patients with chronic hepatitis B virus genotype C infection who are positive for hepatitis B e antigen should not delay antiviral treatment in the hope of seroconversion, Korean researchers recommend. [More]
Long-term entecavir, TDF effective in chronic HBV in real-world setting

Long-term entecavir, TDF effective in chronic HBV in real-world setting

A Turkish clinical practice study shows that entecavir and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate can effectively maintain long-term virological and biochemical responses in patients with chronic hepatitis B virus infection, both in those with and without cirrhosis. [More]
Factors predictive of sequential nucleos(t)ide analogue, IFN-α therapy response identified

Factors predictive of sequential nucleos(t)ide analogue, IFN-α therapy response identified

Hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis B core-related antigen levels can predict long-term response to sequential nucleos(t)ide analogue and interferon-α therapy in patients with chronic hepatitis B virus infection, research indicates. [More]
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