The ultimate goal of biotechnological science is the transfer of reserach results into applications outside of academia. With our broad spectrum of approaches for the discovery and engineering of proteins tailored to particular industrial and clinical applications, we are well-endowed to take up this challenge.
Antibodies are key reagents of modern diagnostics and therapy, and our department has a long track record of successful collaborations with health institutions, biotech and pharma industry. A variety of technology solutions and antibodies developed in the department have already been transferred to various successful applications - from catalog research antibodies and diagnostic kits to clinical applications against cancer or infectious diseases - via cooperations, outlicensing, technology transfer centres, and through several spin-off companies.
Yumab GmbH, human therapeutic antibody discovery and engineering services. Highlight: Yumab reported the rapid generation of fully human antibodies neutralising SARS-CoV2, the virus responsible for the worldwide Corona pandemic (more info here and here)
4/23/2021 - First COVID-19 patients treated with COR-101 drug developed in Braunschweig. CORAT Therapeutics GmbH announced the start of a clinical trial with COR-101 for treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients. The molecule was disvovered at the TU Braunschweig by the Corona Antibody Team (CORAT) in the Lab of Stefan Dübel and Michael Hust. The novel therapeutic antibody is planned to complement currently approved antibody drugs, which are not indicated for moderate to severe COVID-19 cases due to side effects during advanced stages of the disease.
March 29, 2021 - Braunschweig antibody in clinical trials in the USA: New Drug Grips Tumor Cells With Two Arms.
The first patients with advanced tumors have been treated with a novel antibody-based in a clinical trial in the USA. It uses an invention of the Technical University of Braunschweig: The team of Professor Stefan Dübel, head of the Department of Biotechnology, discovered a human antibody that targets tumor cells and developed it over many years. This antibody is now part of a complex novel compound against difficult-to-treat cancers that is undergoing clinical testing by the pharmaceutical company Merck.
March 16, 2021 - CORAT Therapeutics GmbH obtained regulatory authorization for clinical phase I/Ib trial with the SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing human antibody COR-101.
The study (ClinicalTrials.gov ID: NCT04674566) is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, multicenter, first-in-human, phase I/Ib study to assess the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, immunogenicity, and efficacy of COR-101 in hospitalized patients with moderate to severe COVID-19.
3/2021 - The team of the Department of Biotechnology led by Dr. Maren Schubert won the second prize in the CHALLENE ONE HEALTH HACKATHON for their project "PANDAAlarmRed", an early warning structure against future emerging zoonotic virus diseases than may cause the next pandemics.
11/2020 - From discovery to clinic-ready within less than a year: CORAT's therapeutic antibody COR-101 against SARS-CoV-2 is produced for the first clinical trials
5/2020 A new EU commission white paper on animal use for antibody generation prominently acknowledges the animal-free multiclonal antibodies invented by the TU Braunschweig spinoff/EXIST founder team ABCALIS.