Exclusive New Interview Released with Biontech RNA Pharmaceuticals Prior to Keynote Address on RNA Vaccines for Cancer

Top Quote SMi are delighted to have Dr. Mustafa Diken from Biontech RNA Pharmaceuticals GmbH, present at the 5th Annual Cancer Vaccines Conference when it returns to London on 21st-222nd September 2016. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 28, 2016 - Dr. Mustafa Diken is the Deputy Vice President Immunotherapies and Preclinical Research for Biontech RNA Pharmaceuticals GmbH. His research mainly focuses on the development of novel cancer vaccines based on antigen-encoding messenger RNA (mRNA) and the elucidation of immunomodulatory mechanisms for cancer immunotherapy. His other scientific interests include the use of non-invasive in vivo bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging techniques for preclinical testing of cancer vaccines.*

    In the lead-up to the event, SMi group caught up with Dr. Diken to discuss some of the biggest challenges he sees within the cancer vaccines field today.

    When asked what he believes are the most difficult challenges he believes cancer vaccines face today, he said:
    "One of the major challenges is the efficient priming of CD8 as well as CD4 T cells. For this purpose, it is of great importance to provide sufficient co-stimulation to the antigen presenting cells. Moreover, the antigen itself should efficiently be delivered to the antigen presenting cells along with a proper adjuvant which potentiates the T cell priming capabilities of them."

    When asked about what area of cancer vaccine research is seeing the most positive development today Dr. Dicken answered:
    "RNA based vaccines shows great promise in the recent years. Independent of the vaccine format, individualized vaccines comprising of patient specific mutated neoantigens are very attractive."

    The entire interview is available to read in the event download centre at: www.cancervaccinesevent.com/1888pressrelease

    5th Annual Cancer Vaccines Conference
    21st-22nd September 2016
    Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, London, UK

    Proudly Sponsored by: Abzena and Northwest Biotherapeutics

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    Tel: +44 (0)20 7827 6093 / Email: mapps ( @ ) smi-online dot co dot uk

    To sponsor, speak or exhibit at the conference, contact Alia Malick on Tel: +44 (0)20 7827 6168 /
    Email: amalick ( @ ) smi-online dot co dot uk

    *Source: http://biontech.de/about/management-team/dr-mustafa-diken/

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