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Amarna Therapeutics B.V.. (6/29/15). "Press Release: Amarna Therapeutics Teaming Up with Austrian CBmed in the Development of Immunotherapies". Leiden & Graz.

Organisations Organisation Amarna Therapeutics B.V.
  Organisation 2 CBmed (Austrian Center for Biomarker Research in Medicine)
Products Product SVec™ viral gene delivery vector platform (formerly SVac)
  Product 2 CAR-T therapy product
Persons Person van Leent, Ben (Amarna Therapeutics 202009– Supervisory Board before CEO + Co-Founder before Benton Software + Unisys)
  Person 2 Melens, Léon (LifeSpring Life Sciences Communication 2016– Founder before SPJ since 1998)

Dutch Amarna Therapeutics today announced that it has entered into a cooperation with Austrian Center for Biomarker Research in Medicine (CBmed), for the development of immunotherapies against acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), obesity, diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM2) and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). Amarna Therapeutics is a privately held Leiden based biotechnology company developing a next-generation viral vector platform that could play a key role in transforming treatment across many disease areas.

The agreement includes the design, development and testing in two separate projects of a CAR T-cell therapy and reverse vaccines for the treatment of these major diseases with high unmet clinical needs. Amarna will contribute its proprietary SVac viral gene delivery vector platform to this collaboration and CBmed will perform in-vitro and in-vivo preclinical R&D and develop cutting-edge immunological assays in its core laboratory.

Immunotherapies hold an enormous potential as novel treatment options for a wide range of diseases, including cancer and degenerative diseases such as obesity, DM2 and ASCVD. The objective of this collaboration is to test Amarna’s SVac vector platform for its capacity to modulate immune responses in humans with the final aim to develop efficient treatment options for cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Ben van Leent, CEO of Amarna: "We are excited to extend our pipeline of products and launch activities in these important disease areas. We are convinced that the combination of the technology platform from Amarna Therapeutics and the scientific and medical expertise of CBmed will lead to the development of breakthrough solutions for a large group of immunity-associated diseases.”

Thomas Pieber, CSO of CBmed: "Biomarkers play a crucial role in the development of new therapeutic and preventive agents. This cooperation is a wonderful opportunity for CBmed to investigate novel biomarkers alongside the identification of new therapeutic targets for the innovative treatment approaches of Amarna Therapeutics."

About CAR T-cell therapy

In CAR T-cell therapies, engineered chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) with specificity for a tumor-specific cell surface protein (tumor antigen) are transferred to CD8+ T cells sampled from cancer patients. The CD8+ T cells expressing the CARs will specifically target and destroy the patient’s tumor cells, thereby attempting to cure the patient from cancer. In this collaboration, an SVac vector encoding a CAR which is specific for CD19 and present on B-cells, will be tested for its efficacy to treat ALL as a proof-of-principle for SVac-based CAR T-cell therapies to treat cancer.

About SVac-based reverse vaccines

Vaccines are routinely used to induce immune responses against pathogens to protect humans from pathogen infection. Reverse vaccines are used to stop existing immune responses in patients with degenerative diseases. Liver-specific expression of the self-protein (self-antigen) involved in autoimmune tissue destruction using a viral gene delivery vector is by far the most efficient way to stop an existing immune response against a specific self-antigen. Because of its non-immunogenicity in humans, Amarna’s SVac gene delivery platform is unique in its capacity to stop immune responses in patients and therefore it is ideally suited for the use in reverse vaccines to treat degenerative diseases.

About Amarna Therapeutics

Amarna Therapeutics is a privately held Biotech company founded in 2008 with its head office in Leiden, The Netherlands, and its research facility in Seville, Spain. The company has developed the SVac viral gene delivery vector platform, the key to the success of gene therapy and therapeutic vaccines. SVac is safe, highly efficient and non-immunogenic in humans, creating opportunities to treat diseases with high unmet clinical need including genetic disorders, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases and cancer.

About CBmed

CBmed, a multidisciplinary competence center for biomarker research in medicine is located in Graz, Austria. CBmed links excellent preclinical and clinical research infrastructure with scientific and medical expertise through interdisciplinary projects led by experienced researchers and clinicians from national and international universities and research institutions.

In one of CBmed’s core laboratories, state-of-the-art immunological assays are developed and used to monitor human cellular immune responses and to characterize immune cells involved in autoinflammation. The linked animal facility and the tight collaboration with the Medical Universities in Graz and Vienna and the Biobank Graz subsequently allow the rapid translation of in vitro findings into preclinical and clinical in vivo research.


Amarna Therapeutics
Ben van Leent, CEO
+31 71 332 21 92

SPJ Financial & Corporate Communicatie, Amsterdam
Léon Melens
020 – 647 81 81

Record changed: 2020-09-08


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