Navigation Links
The Debiopharm Life Sciences Award Goes to Dr Lluis Quintana-Murci for his Novel and Original Research on the Human Evolutionary Genetics of Infection
Date:9/3/2009

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, September 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Debiopharm Group, SA (Debiopharm), a Swiss-based global biopharmaceutical group of companies with a focus on the development of prescription drugs that target unmet medical needs, today presented the 'Debiopharm Life Sciences Award' to Dr Lluis Quintana-Murci from the Institut Pasteur in France, for his outstanding innovative research in the emerging field of evolutionary genetics of infection. Funded by Debiopharm, the ceremony took place at the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) during the EPFL School of Life Sciences Inaugural Symposium. Dr Quintana-Murci and his institute received a total of CHF 100'000.

Dr Quintana-Murci leads the research unit of "Human Evolutionary Genetics" within the Department of Genomes and Genetics at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. His work focuses on understanding the mechanisms of host defence and infection in the natural setting, namely how pathogens have exerted selective pressures on human genes involved in immunity or host-pathogen interactions. In the past, scientists have used cellular and molecular biology, immunology or classical genetics to study the biology and immunology of infection. Dr Quintana-Murci has used a novel approach called "evolutionary genetics of infection" that has helped in the understanding of how pathogens have contributed to shape the human genome. A direct consequence of his work is the identification of a number of genes that are the key players of host defence against infection.

"We were impressed by the work of Dr Quintana-Murci and his colleagues," said Dr Rolland-Yves Mauvernay, President and Founder of Debiopharm Group. "He has taken the study of host-pathogen interactions to a higher level, where the pathogen is now recognised as a key driver of genetic selection. His novel and original approach of studying infection biology may have direct implications in the development of future treatments against infectious diseases."

According to Professor Didier Trono, Dean of the Life Sciences Faculty at the EPFL, "Following the momentum created by the sequencing of the human genome and capitalising on new technologies of high throughput DNA analysis, the studies conducted by Dr Lluis Quintana-Murci teach us about the history of humanity and its struggles against pathogens. They suggest new therapeutic avenues for the control of infectious diseases."

"Receiving the Debiopharm Life Sciences Award encourages us to go further in our research on the correlation between genetic variation in human genes and our chances to develop an infectious disease. This information is critical to a more precise development of vaccines and therapeutics concerning these microbial sensors. Most importantly, this prize honours the field of human evolutionary genetics by recognising it as an indispensable complement to the clinical and epidemiological genetics of infection," added Dr Quintana-Murci.

About the Debiopharm Life Sciences Award

The Award was set up in 2006 to mentor and motivate young innovative European researchers in the field of life sciences. Criteria for applications include novelty and originality of the work, as well as its importance and significance in connection with targeted therapeutic fields.

About Debiopharm Group

Debiopharm Group is a Swiss-based global biopharmaceutical group of companies with a focus on the development of prescription drugs that target unmet medical needs. The group in-licenses promising biological and small molecule drug candidates. It develops its products for global registration and maximum commercial potential. Once registered, the products are out-licensed to pharmaceutical partners for sales and marketing.

Debiopharm independently funds the worldwide development of all of its products while providing expertise in pre-clinical and clinical trials, manufacturing, drug delivery and formulation, and regulatory affairs.

Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Debiopharm has developed four products with global combined sales of $2.6 billion in 2008.

For more information on Debiopharm Group, please visit: http://www.debiopharm.com

    Debiopharm S.A. Contact
    Maurice Wagner
    Director Corporate Affairs & communication
    Tel.: +41(0)21-321-01-11
    Fax: +41(0)21-321-01-69
    mwagner@debiopharm.com

    Additional Media Contacts
    In London
    Maitland
    Brian Hudspith
    Tel: +44(0)20-7379-5151
    bhudspith@maitland.co.uk

    In New York
    Russo Partners, LLC
    Martina Schwarzkopf, Ph.D.
    Account Executive
    Tel: +1-212-845-4292
    Fax: +1-212-845-4260
    martina.schwarzkopf@russopartnersllc.com



'/>"/>
SOURCE Debiopharm Group
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology technology :

1. Curis and Debiopharm Sign an Exclusive License Agreement Covering the HSP90 Inhibitor CUDC-305
2. Debiopharm and MSM Protein Technologies Sign Agreement for Research and Development of Debio 0929, a Novel Oncology Biologic
3. Debiopharm Group and Moffitt Cancer Center Sign Development and Commercialisation Agreement for Small Molecule Debio 0928 in Early Preclinical Development for Treatment of Solid Tumours
4. Debiopharm and Pharmaleads Sign License Agreement for Debio 0827 or PL37 in Treatment of Chronic Pain Conditions
5. Debiopharm and Aurigene Sign Licensing Agreement for the Development and Commercialisation of Debio 0617, a Novel Inhibitor of an Undisclosed Oncology Pathway
6. Japanese Cancer Association and Debiopharm Honour Japanese Research
7. Debiopharm Signs License Agreement for Marketing of Salvacyl(R)/Moapar(R) 3-Month in Treatment of Sexual Deviations
8. Debiopharm and EPFL Establish an Oncology Chair
9. Japanese Cancer Association and Debiopharm Honour Professors Minoru Toyota and Keiichi Nakayama With the 2007 JCA-Mauvernay Award
10. Debiopharm Receives cGMP Certification for Quality Control of its Drug Products
11. The Debiopharm Life Sciences Award Goes to Dr Nusser for his Outstanding Research in Neuroscience
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/8/2016)... , December 8, 2016 ... für Molekulargenetik, erweitert seine Palette an anpassbaren SureSeq™ ... Custom FH Panels, das ein schnelles und kostengünstiges ... Das Panel bietet eine Erkennung von Einzel-Nukleotid-Variationen (Single ... mit einem einzigen kleinen Panel und ermöglicht eine ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... 08, 2016 , ... Microbial genomics leader, uBiome, joins Google, ... of just six company finalists in the Health & Medicine category. Over 1,000 ... as finalists in this year’s awards include Google, SpaceX, Oculus, and SolarCity. Individuals ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... N.J. , Dec. 8, 2016 ... augmentation remediation technologies and selected NewTechBio,s NT-MAX ... a microbial based beneficial bacteria, in conjunction with ... to correct deficiencies with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination ... 281-8H has experienced a steady history of elevated ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... that “in the setting of previously treated, advanced pancreatic cancer, liquid biopsies are ... optimal patient population and timing of blood sampling may improve the value of ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:12/8/2016)... ALAMEDA, Calif. , Dec. 8, 2016  Singulex, ... Single Molecule Counting technology, entered into a license and ... in serving science. The agreement provides Singulex access to ... Europe is used to diagnose ... the United States to aid in assessing ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... Israel , December 7, 2016 BioCatch ... the expansion of its patent portfolio, which grew to over 40 granted ... , , ... its recently filed patent entitled " System, Device, and Method ... technology that enables device makers to forego costly hardware components needed to ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... --  Veridium , a leader in biometrics-based authentication ... James Stickland . Stickland, a seasoned financial ... served in senior executive roles for HSBC, JPMorgan ... a pipeline of venture capital and accelerating innovation ... as managing director of U.K.-based fintech firm Red ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):