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Copy of Copy of Copy of Smiths' AnnualDue to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to postpone our April 3rd, NF2 Novel Therapies consortium in Boston.

We had 45 NF2 and Gene Therapy researchers and clinicians that were planning to attend from all over USA and europe.

 

 

Here below was our agenda:
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*Welcoming statement +NF2 BioSolutions updates
*Patients perspectives – living with NF2
*Guests introduction (per group)

*Merlin targeted gene-based therapy approaches to NF2:

1. Clinical advances in CNS-directed gene therapy. From target to drug.
2. Current molecular understanding of NF2-associated Merlin mutations and their impact on protein function. Panel discussion.
3. Data Present/Plans from Nationwide group – Dr Meyer
4. Data Present/Plans from Mueller group – Dr Meijboom
5. Data Present/Plans from Dr. Castellano/Dr. Blanco
6. Group Discussion: Challenges/Milestones/Timelines

*Merlin-independent cell- and immuno-based therapy approaches to NF2:

1. Clinical advances in cell-based and immuno-based therapies.
2. Data Present/Plans from Gary Brenner and Sherif Ahmed + discussions
3. Discussion: Challenges/Milestones/Timelines

*Testimony living with NF2 + Coffee Break

*Cementing the basis for research and clinical studies through collaborations: Tumor bank, Biomarkers, Animal models and Natural History

1. Human Schwann Cell Model Systems for NF2. + Group discussion
2. Tissue Bank Kick off Discussion/stakeholder/partnership commitments + Group discussion
3. NF2 Animal models landscape. + Group discussion
4. Natural history study: NIH in action+ Group discussion
5. Discussion: Challenges/Milestones/Timelines

*New Approaches

*Next Steps
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We hope we can reschedule the meeting asap once the pandemic is over. In the meantime we will continue to interact with the researcher remotely.


April 3rd 2020: Kickoff of the first Open-Access NF2 Tissue/Cell bank to accelerate Screen Shot 2020-02-24 at 12.33.46existing research and attract new labs into the race of curing NF2. Today it is very complicated for a research lab to have access to NF2 tumors (frozen/fresh), cell lines and genome sequencing data. This initiative will solve the access problem, we are going to collect tissue sample from many surgeons, performing analysis on them and share the data as well as the tissues. NF2 Cell line will be created as well and shared. For more info go here.


Gene Replacement Therapy for NF2 is starting!

August 1st 2019NF2 BioSolutions signed a contract in July 2019 to partially fund a NF2 Kathrin MeyerGene therapy Pilot Pre-Clinical Study at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital by Dr. Kathrin Meyer, who is serving as the Principal Investigator.

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June 26th 2019:  Dr. Mueller of the University of Massachusetts Medical School attended NF2 BioSolutions’s NF2 Gene Therapy 16-chris-mueller.jpgconsortium in Boston on March 29th. Being moved by the impact of NF2, Dr. Mueller decided to start a gene therapy pilot study to determine if his lab’s gene therapy platform could be a good candidate for tackling the NF2 mutation. The advantage of his platform is its ability to silence the mutated gene and then add a healthy one. Dr. Mueller, assisted by Dr. Karin Meijboom, will be financing the development of the gene therapy NF2 vector for the pilot. Once manufactured, it will be tested on NF2 in order to determine efficiency. NF2 BioSolutions will facilitate the collaboration between the NF2 experts and Dr. Mueller’s lab.

This is just the beginning, there is much more to come!!! We need your continuing support as we shine the spotlight on NF2. Our goal is to collaborate with several leading gene therapy labs and share findings as we go to increase our chances of finding a long term solution for NF2.

Take a look at the impressive Mueller lab (the site is not yet updated with his new NF2 focus).


March 29th 2019:  NF2 Gene Therapy Consortium

56403785_2297907090452213_2851512097295040512_oNF2 BioSolutions organized the first NF2 Gene Therapy Consortium where participated more than 40 biotech executives, researchers & clinicians from NF2 or leading Gene Therapy labs. Click here for more informations

 


Buy merchandise to support research

Screen Shot 2019-06-26 at 17.41.19To buy merchandise, click here to see all the choices of t-shirts, cups, magnets… Fifty % of sales go to NF2 BioSolutions.

 

 


Article on WebMD about Nicole Henwood, founder of NF2 BioSolutions

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Mom Blazes Path to Cure for Son’s Rare Disease

Click here to read the article in WebMD about Dr Nicole Henwood, president of NF2 BioSolution.

 

 

 

 

 


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You may have chanced upon the notion of spreading awareness and realized how it enables communities to connect and flourish; however very few realize what spreading awareness means for NF2 sufferers.
Aside from the fact that such an event offers an opportunity to raise funds, encourages research, generates more support, and removes any kind of stigma surrounding the disease, NF2 is one of the most marginalized and unheard-of diseases across the globe. And given our mind’s powerful urge to fit in with the group, NF2ers suffer from societal ignorance everywhere they go and therefore I am spreading awareness to remove this “dis-ease” from the disease.
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We have four long term NF2 therapy approaches but they won't progress without your support. Please be part of the solution by donating at nf2biosolutions.org/donate or below click donate button. To know more, these are the four approaches:

1. The Gene Therapy Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: The Meyer lab run by Dr. Kathrin C. Meyer will use a gene addition approach by using a vector - basically a virus - to add a healthy NF2 gene into cells. This will potentially stop or slow tumor growth and help prevent new tumors from forming

2 . The Mueller Lab at the University of Massachusetts. They will use a silence and replace gene therapy approach, which is characterized by first shutting down the mutated (bad) NF2 gene and then adding in a healthy copy. They have been using this platform with success in other genetic diseases.

3 . Dr. Gary Brenner’s research lab at The Massachusetts General Hospital. He is using the suicide gene approach to directly destroy existing schwannomas.

Approach 4. Tumour-targeting bacteria therapy. At Harvard Medical School/ Mass General Hospital, Boston, NF2 BioSolutions is working with Dr Mekalanos’s lab.
A genetically modified bacteria is introduced to kill the NF2 tumor cells via several mechanisms including direct killing, inducing an anti-tumor immune response - immunotherapy - and inhibiting blood vessel formation. Bacterial cancer therapy has been proven safe and well tolerated in multiple clinical trials. For example it is the treatment of choice for treating bladder cancer in a non-invasive manner, and it has a 50% cure rate. Trials on mice have proven its efficacy. Work is in progress to genetically modify the bacteria.

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