CCRI Christian-Doppler Lab wins BOKU Invention of the Year 2020 Award

(Vienna, 18.12.2020) Each year, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna awards the most outstanding invention. In 2020, the prize went to our co-inventors from the external module of CCRI´s Christian-Doppler Laboratory for Next Generation CAR T Cells, DI Michael Traxlmayr, PhD, and Charlotte Zajc, PhD, with the technology "A lipocalin fold-based inducible dimerization system ("Lipocalin-Switch")".

This invention is the result of an excellent scientific cooperation with our research partners from the BOKU, as well as our industry partners from the company Miltenyi Biotec. It is characterized in particular by the wide range of possible applications, which makes its exploitation possible in many areas.

The CD Laboratory aims to enable safe clinical translation of more effective therapies and to provide a major boost to cancer therapy worldwide. The awarded invention is the basis for the exploration of new strategies to improve the safety of CAR T cells, and thus could play a key role in unfolding the full potential of CAR T cell therapy.

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