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The present invention relates to use of Cometin in a method of treatment of allodynia, hyperalgesia, spontaneous pain and/or phantom pain. In a preferred embodiment the disorder to be treated is thermal allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia. The Cometin polypeptide may be delivered as a polypeptide or by administration of an expression vector for expression of Cometin, a cell line transformed or transduced with said vector and a capsule comprising said cells.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-ITN | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN | Award Amount: 3.76M | Year: 2011

Protein aggregation is a hallmark of many late onset neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinsons Disease (PD), Alzheimers Disease (AD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), prion diseases as well as the group of polyglutamine diseases (polyQ). The aim of this proposal is to create a network of European partners bridging important basic mechanisms involved in proteinopathies, research of model diseases and treatment approaches. The TreatPolyQ network will focus on two main representatives of the polyQ diseases: Huntingtons disease as the most common polyQ disease as well as spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3) as the most frequent autosomal-dominantly inherited ataxia. Patients suffer from a multitude of neurological symptoms including movement abnormalities with late onset and in a progressive manner. Up to now, no treatment or cure is available. The network will be consisting of a rare combination of experts from basic and translational research, including a Nobel prize laureate, four industrial partners (two medium, and two small companies, all incorporated as full participants) and academic leaders of the field. The network not only focuses on one special aspect of a disease but spans several important disease-associated mechanism as well as promising treatment strategies for HD and SCA3 (protein transport, protein folding, protein degradation via both the ubiquitin-proteasome system and autophagy), likely to be important across a range of neurodegenerative diseases. In order to implement these research projects, extensive collaborations and temporarily personnel secondments of the involved researchers will take place, enhancing interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge. Beyond the personalized local training plan for each employed researcher within the Network, there will be 4 structured courses covering aspects ranging from structural biology to protein degradation to model organisms and drug development, including soft skill training.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: HEALTH.2012.2.4.5-1 | Award Amount: 8.34M | Year: 2012

Sixteen percent of adult Europeans suffer from hearing loss, great enough to adversely affect their daily life. Over the age of 80, 50% of the population is suffering from hearing loss. A large portion of this population is affected by sensoryneural hearing loss (SNHL), a consequence of a progressive degeneration of the primary auditory neurons (ANs), the afferent neurons of the cochlea. These ANs are the target cells of the neurotrophic cochlear implant a neural prosthesis that will be designed by the partners of NeuEar to provide both electric auditory cues and regenerative neurotrophic factor(s) to severe-profoundly deaf patients. The ongoing degeneration of ANs that occurs over time is a limiting factor in current cochlear implant efficacy. The exogenous application of neurotrophic factors can prevent these degenerative changes. This project aims to develop an encapsulated cell (EC) therapy device capable of long-term intracochlear neurotrophin production in combination with a cochlear electrode implant. The aim is also to develop a versatile encapsulated cell implant that could be used to deliver regenerative factors to the cochlea even without the electrode part in future applications. The project brings together an SME capable of making clinically and regulatory compliant EC therapy devices with an industrial partner already on the market with a successful cochlear implant. These companies will work closely with two academic partners with expertise and resources to select, evaluate, and validate the neurotrophic cochlear implant. It is the intention of this consortium to make a clinically relevant implant with an associated preclinical package for regulatory submission over the next three years. Another SME will implement an efficient exploitation and dissemination structure, including a patent strategy to enable partnering and fund-raising for further clinical development, regulatory approval, commercialization, and marketing.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-ITN-ETN | Phase: MSCA-ITN-2016 | Award Amount: 3.35M | Year: 2017

Neuropathic pain affects 5% of the general population and 40% of patients with neurological diseases, and has a key role in the pathophysiology of cancer pain that affects up to 50% of patients in the early disease stage and 30% of survivors, causing an enormous social burden. Treatments are inadequate with less than 50% of patients achieving 50% of pain relief at best, while up to 30% of cancer pain patients experience insufficient analgesia. Signatures of individual susceptibility to pain and analgesic responsiveness are urgently needed to improve patients management. Such advances are expected to originate from integrated clinical, basic science and entrepreneurial research readily translating scientific findings into benefits for patients. To consolidate these aims, a new generation of scientists with wide knowledge in neuropathic pain, focused research skills and experience in the interaction with biotechnology companies is needed. The PAIN-Net programme, based on a highly innovative platform of training-through-research and strongly committed to such objectives, will support such talented and inspired early stage researchers. Their research projects, embedded in an advanced molecule-to-man pain network, will contribute to better understanding individual susceptibility to pain and analgesics responsiveness based on next generation sequencing, whole exome sequencing, epigenetics and pharmacogenomics studies, nociceptor and sodium channel functioning based on biophysics and proteomics studies, targeted analgesics based on high-throughput screening, targeted analgesic delivery based on encapsulated cell bioreactor implants, and to the development and extensive characterisation of the first knock-in mouse models of sodium channel-related neuropathic pain based on the CRISP-Cas technology. Most of all, the PAIN-Net programme will offer the unique opportunity to enhance scientific capabilities and prepare to high level academic or private applied research career.


Patent
Nsgene Inc. | Date: 2014-05-29

The present invention relates to generation of cell lines expressing recombinant proteins for use in naked and encapsulated cell biodelivery of secreted therapeutic molecules. In one embodiment the cell line is human. In another aspect of the invention the transposon system is used for generating a cell line for secretion of a biologically active polypeptide.


The present invention relates to the use of Meteorin for the treatment of allodynia, hyperalgesia, spontaneous pain and phantom pain. In a preferred embodiment the disorder to be treated is allodynia, and hyperalgesia, more preferably allodynia including thermal and tactile allodynia.


Patent
Nsgene Inc. | Date: 2015-05-26

The present invention relates to the field of therapeutic use of proteins, genes and cells, in particular to the therapy based on the biological function of a secreted therapeutic protein, METRNL, in particular for the treatment of disorders of the nervous system. METRNL is a Nerve Survival and Growth factor with neuroprotective and/or neurogenesis effects.


Patent
Nsgene Inc. | Date: 2015-08-07

The present invention relates to generation of cell lines expressing recombinant proteins for use in naked and encapsulated cell biodelivery of secreted therapeutic molecules. In one embodiment the cell line is human. In another aspect of the invention the transposon system is used for generating a cell line for secretion of a biologically active polypeptide.


The present invention relates to the use of Meteorin for the treatment of allodynia, hyperalgesia, spontaneous pain and phantom pain. In a preferred embodiment the disorder to be treated is allodynia, and hyperalgesia, more preferably allodynia including thermal and tactile allodynia.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-IAPP | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IAPP | Award Amount: 1.43M | Year: 2011

A significant part of the costs of neurological diseases on society is associated with epilepsy. About 30-40% of the patients are refractory to pharmacological treatments, which are mostly symptomatic and often have side effects. In few cases surgical intervention is considered and no treatments interfering with or preventing the development of epilepsy are currently available. In this context, EPIXCHANGE aims at exploring, providing the basis for clinical application and implementing in the industrial arena new and unconventional strategies for the therapy of partial epilepsy advancing the state-of-the-art in the field. To achieve this, a strategic partnership will be created, including two internationally recognized academic institutions (UniFE, ULund) and one SME (NsGene) developing encapsulated cell biodelivery (ECB) based therapeutic products. ECBs will be transferred to the academic partners, while knowledge and technology on animal models, viral vectors and BDNF-producing cells will be transferred to the SME. This partnership will implement a joint research programme, which will enable to exploit the complementary competencies and technologies available at each participant site and will increase the knowledge-sharing and technology transfer, as well as the mutual understanding and penetration of the different cultural settings and skills required for both academic and industrial sectors, thus improving partners RTD capability and competitiveness. This will be combined with transfer of knowledge on complementary skills. Experienced researchers will be also recruited to bring top level experience in techniques that are not present in the consortium. Annual workshops will be organized to benefit the transfer of knowledge programme and the dissemination of results both within the consortium and towards the scientific community.

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