A prestigious Insititute for Chemical Immunology tenure track fellowship (1.1 million EUR) was recently awarded to Martijn Verdoes from the Dept. of Tumor Immunology, theme Cancer development and immune defence. On top of this, he received an ERC starting grant (1.5 million EUR) for his research proposal titled “Checkpoints in Check: Novel Chemical Toolbox for Local Cancer Immunotherapy”.
The goal is to establish a chemistry-based precision immunotherapy platform, with the aim to develop novel, highly defined molecular structures to attack cancer from multiple immunological angles simultaneously. For example, using a new technology dendritic cell targeted personalized anticancer vaccines will be synthesized as well as local and conditional molecular modulators of the immunosuppressive tumour microenvironment.
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