BriaCell Therapeutics Corp., a clinical-stage biotechnology company specializing in targeted immunotherapy for advanced breast cancer, today announced that it has initiated dosing in a Phase I/IIa clinical study of its lead product candidate, Bria-IMT™, in combination with Incyte’s INCMGA00012 and epacadostat in patients with advanced breast cancer whose disease has progressed following standard of care therapies. No effective treatment options for…
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Wood On Our Skin

Physiological parameters in our blood can be determined without painful punctures. Empa researchers are currently working with a Canadian team to develop flexible, biocompatible nanocellulose sensors that can be attached to the skin. The 3D-printed analytic chips made of renewable raw materials will even be biodegradable in future. The idea of measuring parameters that are relevant for our health via…
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Over the summer, a group of SFU graduate and undergraduate students had the opportunity to travel to South Africa for an intensive, experiential learning course taught by FHS professor Angela Kaida. The field school, which took place in Durban over 11 days, was offered in partnership with the Sub-Saharan African Network for TB/HIV Research Excellence (SANTHE). While in Durban, students attended lectures…
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While attending The University of British Columbia (UBC), Tamer Mohamed, along with fellow graduate student Simon Beyer, began working at the Walus Laboratory on the development of a novel microfluidics-based bioprinting platform that could be used to fabricate human tissue constructs. One of the main reasons for their innovation was to potentially replace animal models in drug testing, which are costly, time-consuming and can have poor…
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Secret Lives of CBR Researchers: Melanie Dostert

The Centre for Blood Research has many talented graduate students, postdocs and faculty doing cutting edge research in important fields, but they also have exciting lives outside of the lab. In the CBR Newsletter, we have started a column to honour the secret talents and skills that CBR members have. Last month I wrote about James’ Baylis a recent graduate…
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Medical professionals don’t always get to hear from the people whose lives they have changed, but one Alberta mother finally had the chance to thank the Vancouver-based doctor whose research helped save the life of her young son. Kayley Leeds’s son, Ashton, was five when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 thyroid cancer in 2014. This past week, Leeds spoke with…
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AbCellera, a biotech focusing on the discovery of therapeutic antibodies, is one of Vancouver’s top 10 fastest growing companies, according to the Globe and Mail’s list of Canada’s Top Growing Companies. The Report on Business ranks Canadian companies based on three-year revenue growth. “AbCellera is on a trajectory to become a Canadian anchor company. Greater Vancouver is home to world-class research…
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Using breakthrough proprietary and patented technology developed by BioHarvest Ltd, CannaVcell (the worldwide exclusive licensee of this technology for Cannabis applications) is announcing today the first ever production of Cannabis cells in suspension, with a cannabinoid profile identical to that of the source plant – without the need to grow the plant itself. This represents the successful completion of the…
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As honey bee colonies across Canada continue to die off at alarming rates, scientists at York University believe that solutions to the problem could be hiding in the insects’ DNA. In October, the university is launching a breakthrough project to help beekeepers diagnose their ailing colonies. The goal is to fight back against a potential population decline that could devastate…
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Pascal Biosciences Inc. has revealed the mechanism whereby cannabinoids may directly aid in cancer treatment. Specific cannabinoids identified by Pascal scientists enhance the immunogenicity of tumor cells, rendering them more susceptible to recognition and elimination by the immune system. Besides combatting infection, one of the key roles of the immune system is to identify and eliminate cancer cells that can…
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