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TRON uses GSI/FAIR experiment period for cancer research: combination of heavy ion therapy and mRNA vaccine

June 24, 2021 – TRON uses GSI/FAIR experiment period for cancer research: combination of heavy ion therapy and mRNA vaccine It is a strong alliance for research in the fight against cancer, opening the way for exciting new developments. On one hand, the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt with its worldwide unique accelerator facilities
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curATime – Cluster for Atherothrombosis and Individualized Medicine among the finalists of the BMBF’s “Clusters4Future” initiative

We are very proud to have been selected for the concept phase of the “Clusters4Future” initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Among this year’s 15 finalists is the cluster concept “curATime – Cluster for Atherothrombosis and Individualized Medicine”, which was developed in collaboration between TRON gGmbH, the Center for Thrombosis and
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Bundesverdienstkreuz for Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci

Unsere herzlichen Glückwünsche: TRON-Gründer Ugur Sahin und Özlem Türeci erhalten das Bundesverdienstkreuz für die kurzfristige Entwicklung und Zulassung eines Impfstoffes gegen Covid-19 mit ihrem Unternehmen BioNTech, wie das Bundespräsidialamt mitteilte. Türeci und Sahin hätten durch ihren “unermüdlichen Einsatz” einen “entscheidenden Beitrag zur Eindämmung der Corona-Pandemie geleistet”. Die Verleihung des höchsten deutschen Verdienstordens an das Unternehmerpaar
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Iodine-124 PET quantification of organ-specific delivery and expression of NIS-encoding RNA

In this recent study published in European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (EJNMMI), researchers from TRON, JGU Medical Center and BioNTech employed an in vitro transcribed mRNA encoding for sodium iodide symporter (NIS) to efficiently visualize and quantify the biodistribution of NIS RNA-lipoplex nanoparticles targeted to spleen or lung. Tissues expressing the RNA-encoded
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Large-scale analysis of SARS-CoV-2 spike-glycoprotein mutants demonstrates the need for continuous screening of virus isolates

Within the last year, a few infections with the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) quickly turned into the global COVID-19 pandemic infecting and threatening death for millions of people all over the globe. The viral spike protein is responsible for viral binding and entry to host cells and thus mediates infection. Hence, the protein
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TRON researchers contribute to newest BioNTech/Pfizer publication in Nature

Congratulations! TRON researcher Fulvia Vascotto was part of the team around Annette B. Vogel and Ugur Sahin, publishing pre-clinical results in Nature. The study supported the rapid development of BioNTech/Pfizer´s vaccine COMIRNATY (BNT162b2), the now globally deployed mRNA based vaccine against Covid-19. The recently published paper displays immune response data of two vaccine candidates (BNT162b1
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Academy Prize of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate for Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci

Dr. Özlem Türeci and Prof. Dr. Ugur Sahin have been awarded the Academy Prize of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate for innovative and forward-looking research for their extraordinary achievements leading to the development of a vaccine against the Corona virus. On behalf of all TRON employees, we warmly congratulate Dr. Özlem Türeci and Professor Ugur Sahin,
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Novel RNA-based therapy for treatment of autoimmune diseases

Loss of immunological self-tolerance followed by attack of self-reactive T cells to target organs plays a major role in the formation of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS). In a very recent study published in Science, our researchers (in collaboration with Johannes Gutenberg University Medical Center and BioNTech) employed a non-inflammatory RNA vaccine that
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Multi-omics characterization of the 4T1 murine mammary gland tumor model

The murine mammary carcinoma cell line 4T1 is a widely used syngeneic tumor model for human breast cancer and specifically triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Profiling tumor models is important to translate pre-clinical findings appropriately. The authors aimed to complement the evaluation of 4T1 as adequate breast cancer or even TNBC model. Analysis of the whole-exome
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A liposomal RNA vaccine augments the antitumor activity of local radiotherapy in mice

TRON is delighted to announce the publication of a scientific article in OncoImmunology.
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TRON wears white for A Future #Immune2Cancer

TRON is proud to join the Cancer Research Institute this June 12 in bringing global awareness about the life-saving potential of cancer immunotherapy. By wearing white together, we are driving the future of immune-based science and medicine for cancer treatments, and ultimately, cures.  Learn more about TRON’s mission and work at www.tron-mainz.de.
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PLAC1 is essential for FGF7/FGFRIIIb-induced Akt-mediated cancer cell proliferation

TRON is delighted to announce a scientific article published in Oncotarget.
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TRON’s activities against the Coronavirus pandemic

As an innovative immunological research institute, TRON was asked by a renowned industrial partner to support the development of a vaccine against the currently pandemic coronavirus with preclinical studies.
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Dr. Luisa Bresadola awarded BMS Young Scientist prize

We are delighted to announce that TRON scientist Dr. Luisa Bresadola has won the Bristol-Myers-Squibb Young Scientist award in the field of immune-oncology! Luisa’s work comprises analysis of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma next-generation sequencing data, generated by TRON in collaboration with the University of Birmingham, to determine tumor evoluation in this cancer entity.
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Miteinander gut leben – Rheinland-Pfalz gegen Hass und Hetze

TRON unterstützt das Anliegen der Landesregierung und tritt gemeinsam mit der Landesregierung für unsere Grundwerte ein. Nur gemeinsam können wir zeigen, dass die Mehrheit für Respekt und gegen Hass steht. „Rheinland-Pfalz ist ein lebenswertes und weltoffenes Land. Das wollen wir auch in Zukunft sein. Deshalb finden wir uns nicht damit ab, dass der Umgang auf
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An RNA vaccine drives expansion and efficacy of claudin-CAR-T cells against solid tumors.

Although chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-modified T cells (CAR T-cells) have been shown to be effective against hematological malignancies, evidence of their potential against immune-suppressive solid tumors is missing. Key challenges for this include the selection of tumor-specific targets and the persistence of CAR-T cells upon adoptive transfer.  In this study, teams from Biontech and TRON
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Top 20 Translational Researchers (2018)

Mainz, December 9, 2019 – TRON founders Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci have been named among the Top 20 Translational Researchers (2018) for the 2nd time by Nature Biotechnology.    Nature Biotechnology’s ranking is based on the number of total patents (US and European) awarded, the researcher’s top-cited patent over the past 5 years and
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BioNTech IPO

TRON congratulates its cooperation Partner BioNTech SE on its successful IPO!
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Healthcare Hackathon Berlin

After the Healthcare Hackathon at the University Medical Center Mainz, the next round started on September 2nd and 3rd in Berlin. A total of 24 interdisciplinary teams took part in this relaxed competition to develop technology-based solutions for medical applications and care within the scope of their projects. TRON was also represented by Jonas Ibn-Salem
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Author’s Comment: ArtiFuse – Computational validation of fusion gene detection tools without relying on simulated reads

TRON is thrilled to announce an article published in Bioinformatics.
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Author’s Comment: HPV16 RNA-LPX vaccine mediates complete regression of aggressively growing HPV-positive mouse tumors and establishes protective T cell memory

TRON is delighted to announce an article published in Oncoimmunology.  TRON co-author Nadja Salomon shares this Author’s Comment. HPV16 infections are associated with a variety of cancers and there is compelling evidence that the transforming activity of HPV16 critically depends on the expression of the viral oncoproteins E6 and E7. Therapeutic cancer vaccines capable of
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Healthcare Hackathon Mainz

At the Healthcare Hackathon at the University Medical Center Mainz, experts from the field of healthcare met with startups, programmers, and industry partners. In interdisciplinary mixed teams, technology-based solutions were developed for practical challenges in hospitals and care. For TRON, Jonas Ibn-Salem participated in the hackathon and worked with experts from IBM, Garmin, BioNTech and
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CIMT 2019 Poster Award

At the annual meeting of the Association for Cancer Immunotherapy (CIMT) in 2019, six scientists received the CIMT Poster Award. Thomas Rösler, a scientist from TRON, won the prize in the category ‘Therapeutic Vaccination’ for his work ‘Modelling immunogenicity with omics data integration’ (Abstract 37). He presented his algorithm TOPAZ, which defines candidates for cancer
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CIMT 2019 Annual Meeting

The Association for Cancer Immunotherapy CIMT’s Annual Meeting brings the world’s top cancer biology and immunotherapy researchers together in the heart of Europe.  The 2019 Annual Meeting will take place May 21-23 at the Rheingoldhalle Congress Center in Mainz.
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CiiM Lecture Series: Individualized Cancer Immunotherapy

Hannover, May 8, 2019 – The Center for Individualised Infection Medicine CiiM lecture series is held at Hannover Medical School. Ugur Sahin will be speaking about Individualized Cancer Immunotherapy on Wednesday, May 8th at 17:00, in Building J01, Lecture Hall N.  CiiM is a joint institution of the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI) and
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Hohe Auszeichnung für Mainzer Krebsforscher

Professor Ugur Sahin erhält den Deutschen Krebspreis 2019 Mainz, 28. Februar 2019 – Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ugur Sahin hat den Deutschen Krebspreis 2019 erhalten – eine der angesehensten Auszeichnungen in der Krebsmedizin in Deutschland. Prof. Sahin erhält den Preis in der Kategorie Transferforschung für seine wegweisenden Arbeiten zu individualisierten Krebsimmuntherapien, insbesondere für die Entwicklung und klinische
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At the top of the world with personalized cancer immunotherapy

Official foundation ceremony of HI-TRON Mainz Mainz, February 14, 2019 – The new Helmholtz Institute for Translational Oncology (HI-TRON Mainz) is to become one of the world’s leading centers for personalized cancer immunotherapy. This is the ambitious goal of the cooperation partners German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the Research Institute Translational Oncology (TRON gGmbH)
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TRON celebrates young talent

Mainz, January 31, 2019 – TRON celebrates young talent TRON is sponsoring two scholarships in the Deutschlandstipendium 2018/2019 of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, thereby supporting two young medical students as part of this Federal Ministry of Education and Research program. On January 31st, the festive dinner for Deutschlandstipendium sponsors and scholarship holders took place
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Ugur Sahin at 1st German Cancer Research Congress

Mainz, February 5, 2019 – The 1st German Cancer Research Congress (GCRC) is taking place in Heidelberg 4-5 February, showcasing the best cancer research in Germany.   Ugur Sahin will speak in the session on Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy on Tuesday, February 5th.   For more information on this event, please see the official DKFZ website.
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Harnessing Tumor Mutations for Truly Individualized Cancer Vaccines

Mainz, February 5, 2019 – TRON is thrilled to announce a review published in Annual Review of Medicine authored by Ugur Sahin. In this overview article targeting the medical community, Prof. Sahin defines the cancer mutanome and why this is a valuable source of potential vaccines targets in oncology. The review goes on to describe
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