Schlieren ZH - The biotechnology firm Molecular Partners from the Greater Zurich Area has agreed a research cooperation with the University of Bern. The novel immunotherapy candidate MP0533 to combat acute myeloid leukemia will now be further developed.

Molecular Partners has agreed a research cooperation with Bern University Hospital. According to a press release issued by the biotechnology firm based in Schlieren in the canton of Zurich, the focus of their joint research efforts will be on further developing the immunotherapy candidate MP0533 to treat acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Two AML experts, professors Adrian Ochsenbein und Carsten Riether from the Department of Medical Oncology at Bern University Hospital, are involved in the project. The aim will be to develop MP0533 for clinical usage.

Molecular Partners teams up with University of Bern for leukemia research
The new collaboration with the team based in Bern will offer access to advanced AML methodologies and patient samples, while the experience and guidance from two of the world’s leading AML researchers will be of even greater importance.

Nicolas Leupin, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Molecular Partners, explains that the disease AML is a fast-progressing cancer that regrettably features a high mortality rate. “Current treatments carry high safety risks and can be very harsh, especially for older and frail patients”, he comments. The new collaboration with the team based in Bern will offer access to advanced AML methodologies and patient samples, while the experience and guidance from two of the world’s leading AML researchers will be of even greater importance.

“The main reason AML is so hard to treat is a small population of therapy-resistant leukemia stem cells, which drives the relapse of the disease after initial successful treatment. Novel therapies will have to aim at targeting and eliminating these treatment-resistant LSCs”, Ochsenbein explains in the press release. He is additionally hopeful that “emerging therapeutics like MP0533 will be able to provide a much-needed solution for AML patients”. In 2016, Ochsenbein won the prestigious Otto Naegeli Prize for breakthrough research on CD70/CD27 signaling with therapeutic potential for cancer patients.

Headquartered at the Bio-Technopark Schlieren-Zurich, Molecular Partners was founded by two researchers from the University of Zurich (UZH) in 2004. 

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