Eureka Therapeutics Inc. has entered into a license agreement with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop and commercialize a novel antibody targeting mesothelin (MSLN) in combination with Eureka's proprietary Artemis T-cell receptor platform.
Exevir Bio BV has announced research detailing a novel, highly potent, anti-S2 camelid single-domain antibody, discovered at the VIB-Ugent Center for Medical Biotechnology, and developed as a candidate drug molecule by Exevir as XVR-013.
Autoantibodies are typically not good news. But a group of researchers from Bellinzona, Switzerland, have observed that the presence of autoantibodies against chemokines, a special class of cytokines, is associated with mild disease and less risk of developing long COVID. “Our hypothesis was that antibodies to chemokines, if they existed, would also be associated with a negative outcome of the disease. But, what we found, in fact, was the exact opposite of what we were predicting,” Davide Robbiani, director of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine, told BioWorld.
Even its name is a testament to how enigmatic the tingible macrophage has been. Tingible, which means stainable, certainly gives no clues to its functions – but was, at least, one thing that was known about the cells. Now, scientists at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research have tracked the lifecycle and function of tangible macrophages in the lymph nodes, with implications for understanding autoimmune disorders, which are still poorly understood. Published March 2, 2023, in the journal Cell, the study highlights intravital imaging techniques the scientists used to observe how macrophages formed within the lymph nodes and how they behaved in real time.
A multi-institutional team of researchers has reported the development of an anti-IL-8 antibody against endometriosis using recycling antibody engineering technology. The study confirmed the role of the inflammatory cytokine IL-8 in the development of inflammation and fibrosis in endometriosis and showed that administration of IL-8 antibodies in primate models improved endometriosis pathology.
Roquefort Therapeutics plc's ROQ-A1 and ROQ-A2 Midkine (MDK) antibody programs, targeting metastatic breast cancer and metastatic lung cancer, have successfully demonstrated in vivo safety in preclinical development programs conducted by cancer research groups.
Ono Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. has entered an option and research collaboration agreement with Monash University to discover and develop antibodies targeting G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) with the aim of creating novel therapeutics for the treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.