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The present invention relates to methods for identifying markers for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and to the markers identified with the aid of this method, which can differentiate between SLE and other autoimmune diseases on the one hand and between different SLE subgroups on the other hand. The invention also relates to panels, diagnostic devices and test kits which comprise these markers, and to the use and application thereof, for example for the diagnosis, prognosis and therapy control in SLE. The invention also relates to methods for screening and validating active substances for application in SLE subgroups.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-2013-1 | Award Amount: 1.35M | Year: 2013

Therapeutic antibodies have transformed cancer therapy during the last decade, due to their high selectivity of targeting cancer cells in comparison to standard small molecule chemotherapy. Most recently, the coupling of cellular toxins to therapeutic antibodies has demonstrated an even greater efficacy in the therapy of cancer and the first, highly potent antibody drug conjugate (ADC), Adcetris, was FDA approved in August 2011. All ADCs currently in clinical development are generated by chemical conjugation of small molecule toxins to antibodies. This is an inefficient process, as site and ratio of toxin coupling cannot be controlled. In addition, the chemical conjugation involves chemical modification of potentially functional parts of the antibody. This can have negative effects on stability, specificity, CMC properties and the overall structure of the antibody. All this renders ADC manufacturing highly challenging, complicates regulatory procedures, and adds to development time and costs. The SME consortium has complementary proprietary technologies and proposes to leverage this complementary expertise and know-how for defining novel processes of enzymatically conjugating small molecule toxins to antibodies that allow full control about toxin coupling site and ratio. Due to the high selectivity of enzymatic conjugation and physiologic conjugation conditions, it is expected that more homogeneous ADCs are generated with better CMC properties, higher potency, and at lower cost-of-goods in manufacturing. The consortium members believe that this represents a disruptive technology that will be highly competitive to traditional chemical conjugation, currently dominated by U.S.-based ADC technology companies Seattle Genetics and Immunogen. In addition to novel composition-of-matter IP, important novel know-how for ADC development will be created. Most importantly, better quality and potency of these next-generation ADCs will eventually benefit cancer patients.


The present invention relates to new markers for Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO), a method for identifying markers for NMO, the use of the markers identified by the method, diagnostic devices, panels of markers, assays, protein arrays comprising markers for NMO and a method for detecting NMO.


The present invention relates to novel marker sequences for prostate carcinoma while excluding inflammatory prostate diseases or diabetes or polymorbidity and relates to their diagnostic use including a method for screening potential active substances for such prostate diseases by means of these marker sequences. The invention furthermore relates to a diagnostic device including such marker sequences for prostate carcinoma, in particular a protein biochip and its use.


The present invention relates to novel marker sequences for inflammatory prostate diseases, prostate carcinoma and the diagnostic use thereof together with a method for screening of potential active substances for inflammatory prostate diseases, prostate carcinoma by means of these marker sequences. Furthermore, the invention relates to a diagnostic device containing such marker sequences for inflammatory prostate diseases, prostate carcinoma, in particular a protein biochip and the use thereof.


The present invention relates to new marker sequences for rheumatoid arthritis and the diagnostic use thereof together with a method for screening of potential active substances for rheumatoid arthritis by means of these marker sequences. Furthermore, the invention relates to a diagnostic device containing such marker sequences for rheumatoid arthritis, in particular a protein biochip and the use thereof.


The present invention relates to a method for identifying marker sequences for gynaecological malignoma, the marker sequences identified with the aid of this method and diagnostic use thereof, diagnostic devices containing marker sequences for gynaecological malignoma, in particular an arrangement and a protein array, and use thereof. The invention also relates to method for the screening of potential active agents for the treatment and prevention of gynaecological malignoma by means of these marker sequences.


Patent
Protagen | Date: 2014-08-06

The present invention relates to new marker sequences for multiple sclerosis and the diagnostic use thereof together with a method for screening of potential active substances for multiple sclerosis by means of these marker sequences. Furthermore, the invention relates to a diagnostic device containing such marker sequences for multiple sclerosis, in particular a protein biochip and the use thereof.


Patent
Protagen | Date: 2014-03-28

The present invention relates to a method for the diagnosis and/or risk stratification of neuromyelitis optica (abbreviated NMO), wherein a determination from a body sample of a patient/test subject is performed by means of artificial aquaporin-4 peptides. The invention further relates to a kit and to new artificial aquaporin-4 peptides as such.


The present invention relates to new marker sequences for rheumatoid arthritis and the diagnostic use thereof together with a method for screening of potential active substances for rheumatoid arthritis by means of these marker sequences. Furthermore, the invention relates to a diagnostic device containing such marker sequences for rheumatoid arthritis, in particular a protein biochip and the use thereof.

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