Prize to Yvonne Andersson for best presentation at GNBIO conference

Y. Andersson
At the recent GNBIO program conference Yvonne Andersson from Øystein Fodstad’s group at the Department of Tumor Biology received the prize for "best lecture". She presented her work on the characterization of new antibodies for use in cancer therapy and diagnostics, a project conducted in cooperation with the Norwegian company Affitech AS.
The Norwegian Research Council’s division for science supports biotechnology research through a program for basic industry-oriented biotechnology called “GNBIO”. This research program seeks to promote biotechnology research that is relevant to industry. In particular efforts are directed toward raising awareness of patenting needs and protection of commercialisable research results. The program provides support to high-quality genome research projects as a means of enhancing the basic science expertise that is crucial to biotechnology research and industry. In addition, the program promotes national and international cooperation in this sphere, as well as increased participation in and exchange with international programs.

The GNBIO program conference 2006:
More than 50 participants from both research and business community, as well as the ministry and civil service appeared at program conference, which was arranged at Soria Moria Hotel & Conference Center on November 22nd

Each of the GNBIO projects presented their work, and many interesting research results were shown, including patents and commercialisable products. Here, Yvonne Andersson won the prize for giving the best lecture.

Yvonne Anderssons’s GNBIO project:
Andersson is working on isolating human antibodies that binds to specific antigens that are located on the surface of cancer cells. Such antibodies may be injected into the patient, and will then bind cancer cells in the body. In this way they may be utilized for targeting therapy and diagnostics.

The antibodies in use today are produced in another organism, for instance mice. Therefore the patients immune defence system will react. Andresson isolates and characterises human antibodies, which are more effective and less toxic.

So far she has isolated new human antibodies that detect cancer cells in breast cancer and prostate cancer. These have shown a large potential for diagnostics. Simultaneously the possibility of utilizing the same antibodies as targeting therapeutical molecules is elucidated. The research is conducted in close collaboration with the Norwegian company Affitech AS.


Links:

Information about biotechnology and GNBIO from the home pages of the Norwegian Research Council

News article on the GNBIO prize (in Norwegian)

The GNBIO home page (in Norwegian)

About the GNBIO conference November 22nd (in Norwegian)

The home page of Øystein Fodstad's group - radium.no/fodstad

Yvonne Andersson

The Department of Tumor Biology

The Institute for Cancer Research