New technique to help boost research in immunotherapy

Co-founders of Immunoscape, (clockwise from front right) Dr Alessandra Nardin, Dr Michael Fehlings, Dr Evan Newell and Mr Ng Choon Peng.
Co-founders of Immunoscape, (clockwise from front right) Dr Alessandra Nardin, Dr Michael Fehlings, Dr Evan Newell and Mr Ng Choon Peng.ST PHOTO: SYAMIL SAPARI

A*Star spin-off hopes it will help in developing drugs for cancer, other diseases

Biotechnology firm Immunoscape has come up with a technique that can help researchers and clinicians develop drugs for use in immunotherapy in the fight against cancer and other diseases.

The company - a spin-off of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) - uses the method, a form of immune profiling, to create maps of T-cells which help to regulate the body's immune response to diseases. There are millions of such cells, which can kill tumours or viruses.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2018, with the headline 'New technique to help boost research in immunotherapy'. Print Edition | Subscribe