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argenx announces pipeline expansion and “argenx 2021” vision to build integrated immunology company at 2019 R&D Day

argenx (Euronext & Nasdaq: ARGX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing a deep pipeline of differentiated antibody-based therapies for the treatment of severe autoimmune diseases and cancer, will be hosting its second R&D Day today, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in New York starting at 8:30am ET. During the event, argenx will present data on two new pipeline candidates that emerged from its Innovative Access Program (IAP) and will provide updates on the development plan of cusatuzumab (ARGX-110) in collaboration with Cilag GmbH International, an affiliate of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Today, argenx will also bring forward its “argenx 2021” vision, providing clarity on its strategy to become a fully integrated immunology company.

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22
May
2019

argenx announces pipeline expansion and “argenx 2021” vision to build integrated immunology company at 2019 R&D Day

argenx (Euronext & Nasdaq: ARGX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing a deep pipeline of differentiated antibody-based therapies for the treatment of severe autoimmune diseases and cancer, will be hosting its second R&D Day today, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in New York starting at 8:30am ET. During the event, argenx will present data on two new pipeline candidates that emerged from its Innovative Access Program (IAP) and will provide updates on the development plan of cusatuzumab (ARGX-110) in collaboration with Cilag GmbH International, an affiliate of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Today, argenx will also bring forward its “argenx 2021” vision, providing clarity on its strategy to become a fully integrated immunology company.

20
May
2019

OCTIMET Oncology announces the appointment of Shelley Margetson as CEO

OCTIMET Oncology, a clinical-stage biotech company with a focus on the development of highly specific and differentiated oral kinase inhibitors, announces the appointment of Shelley Margetson as CEO. Timothy Perera PhD, founder of the company, will continue as CSO.

16
May
2019

Idylla(TM) MSI Performance Study Selected for Publication at ASCO Conference

Biocartis Group NV (the 'Company' or 'Biocartis'), an innovative molecular diagnostics company (Euronext Brussels: BCART), today announces that a multi-centered[1] study on the performance of the Idylla(TM) MSI Test (CE IVD) in comparison with the Promega MSI test[2] ('Promega MSI Test') has been selected for publication at the renowned ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) Annual Meeting. The study showed high performance and a low invalid rate of the Idylla(TM) MSI Test, as such demonstrating the possibility of rapid, fully automated MSI testing with Idylla(TM). The ASCO conference takes place between 30 May and 4 June 2019 in Chicago (IL), US.

14
May
2019

Brain imaging AI leader icometrix raises $18 million in new funding

Leuven/Geneva/Boston icometrix, the global expert in brain imaging Artificial Intelligence solutions, has raised $18 million through a partnership led by Forestay Capital alongside Optum Ventures and existing investor Capricorn Venture Partners.

10
May
2019

Preventing cell death as novel therapeutic strategy for rheumatoid arthritis

A collaborative study by research groups from the University of Cologne, VIB, Ghent University, the Βiomedical Sciences Research Center ‘Alexander Fleming’ in Athens and the University of Tokyo identified a new molecular mechanism causing rheumatoid arthritis. The researchers found that death of macrophages, an immune cell type, can trigger the disease. Moreover, they discovered how the protein A20 prevents macrophage death and protects against arthritis. These findings open up new possibilities for the treatment of this debilitating disease.

22
May
2019

argenx announces pipeline expansion and “argenx 2021” vision to build integrated immunology company at 2019 R&D Day

argenx (Euronext & Nasdaq: ARGX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing a deep pipeline of differentiated antibody-based therapies for the treatment of severe autoimmune diseases and cancer, will be hosting its second R&D Day today, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in New York starting at 8:30am ET. During the event, argenx will present data on two new pipeline candidates that emerged from its Innovative Access Program (IAP) and will provide updates on the development plan of cusatuzumab (ARGX-110) in collaboration with Cilag GmbH International, an affiliate of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Today, argenx will also bring forward its “argenx 2021” vision, providing clarity on its strategy to become a fully integrated immunology company.

20
May
2019

OCTIMET Oncology announces the appointment of Shelley Margetson as CEO

OCTIMET Oncology, a clinical-stage biotech company with a focus on the development of highly specific and differentiated oral kinase inhibitors, announces the appointment of Shelley Margetson as CEO. Timothy Perera PhD, founder of the company, will continue as CSO.

16
May
2019

Idylla(TM) MSI Performance Study Selected for Publication at ASCO Conference

Biocartis Group NV (the 'Company' or 'Biocartis'), an innovative molecular diagnostics company (Euronext Brussels: BCART), today announces that a multi-centered[1] study on the performance of the Idylla(TM) MSI Test (CE IVD) in comparison with the Promega MSI test[2] ('Promega MSI Test') has been selected for publication at the renowned ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) Annual Meeting. The study showed high performance and a low invalid rate of the Idylla(TM) MSI Test, as such demonstrating the possibility of rapid, fully automated MSI testing with Idylla(TM). The ASCO conference takes place between 30 May and 4 June 2019 in Chicago (IL), US.

14
May
2019

Brain imaging AI leader icometrix raises $18 million in new funding

Leuven/Geneva/Boston icometrix, the global expert in brain imaging Artificial Intelligence solutions, has raised $18 million through a partnership led by Forestay Capital alongside Optum Ventures and existing investor Capricorn Venture Partners.

10
May
2019

Preventing cell death as novel therapeutic strategy for rheumatoid arthritis

A collaborative study by research groups from the University of Cologne, VIB, Ghent University, the Βiomedical Sciences Research Center ‘Alexander Fleming’ in Athens and the University of Tokyo identified a new molecular mechanism causing rheumatoid arthritis. The researchers found that death of macrophages, an immune cell type, can trigger the disease. Moreover, they discovered how the protein A20 prevents macrophage death and protects against arthritis. These findings open up new possibilities for the treatment of this debilitating disease.

Facts & Figures

CONSULT OUR LIFE SCIENCE DATABASE

 

Innovation is at the core of the life sciences sector and Belgium has a track record of developing ingenious ways to improve the quality of life of millions of people worldwide.

 

Not only extensive life sciences facilities support this high-level technology industry but also financial benefits for R&D companies, international collaborations that guarantee regular cash flow, world known educational systems, a promising product pipeline, and Belgium’s unique central location in Europe.

 

Belgium concentrates on a small territory (30,528 km2) more than 300 life sciences companies with biotech activities. In total, the life sciences sector employs more than 30,000 people (low bound estimation that does not take into account indirect employment generated by the sector). The majority of the companies is related to healthcare, but Belgium also has a strong representation of agricultural and industrial biotech companies.

 

The growing life sciences sector gathers 8 main Belgian universities, 19 research parks and 23 incubators, research institutes, academic hospitals, and clinical research organizations. Biotech companies have access to more than 500,000 square feet of highly flexible infrastructure.

 

Additional assets of Belgium includes: a supportive regulatory and political environment, a highly qualified and productive workforce, a competitive tax environment especially for research companies, a prominent location and an excellent logistical and business infrastructure.

Z Life Sciences

A look behind the scenes of the vibrant life sciences sector in Flanders, Belgium in 11 episodes.

1

VIB

VIB is a life sciences research institute based in Flanders. With more than 1470 scientists from over 60 countries, they perform basic research into the molecular foundations of life and they translate this research into pharmaceutical, agricultural and industrial applications.

2

imec

imec performs world-leading research in nano-electronics and creates groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy. The combination of their widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes imec unique.

3

Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is an independent, state-of-the-art facility that operates from a laboratory level to a multi-ton scale. Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant provides process development, scale-up and custom manufacturing of biobased products and processes. 

 

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