The partnership established in 2013 between Pierre Coulie & Sophie Lucas (WELBIO – UCL) and ArGenX led to the development of a humanized monoclonal antibody inhibitor of GARP, a novel immuno-oncology target, which is now in clinical development at AbbVie (ABBV-151). More info.
A joined university-company group was established in 2020 between Kaneka, its Walloon subsidiary Kaneka Eurogentec and the laboratory of Jean-François Collet (WELBIO – UCL) to develop optimized bacterial strains for the production of biomedicines. More info.
Downstream translation projects
The iCone (iPSC-derived Cortical neurons) consortium was established in 2016 between the laboratories of Pierre Vanderhaeghen (WELBIO - ULB) and Philippe Hubert (U Liège) and the companies MaSTherCell and Ncardia. The project aimed at developing highly functional human cortical neurons from stem cells to provide a novel platform bridging traditional laboratory and clinical testing in patients. In 2019, the consortium reached a turning point and entered into a large-scale production phase using bioreactors. More info.
The CiclibTest project between Pierre Roger (WELBIO – ULB) and OncoDNA was funded in 2017 by a WALInnov grant to develop a diagnostic to stratify cancer patients for treatment with CDK4/6 inhibitors. More info.