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Jeanette Leusen, PhD Associate Professor, Head Immunotherapy Group at UMC Utrecht

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Jeanette Leusen received her PhD at the University of Amsterdam in 1995. Since 15 years she leads the Immunotherapy group of the Laboratory for Translational Immunology (LTI) of the University Medical Center Utrecht, where she has shown the in vivo efficacy of IgA antibodies to treat cancer for the first time 5 years ago (EMBO MM, 2013), and pursued this line of research to overcome may hurdles with a new molecule towards application, such as half-life, manufacturability, finding proper targets (Cancer Immunol Res 2015, MABs 2016 and 2018, Cancer res 2016, Br J. Haem, 2017). She receives funding from both government and charity funds (KWF, NWO, KiKa, Villa Joep) and industry (Genmab, Synthon, Medimmune, Jansen (J&J), Argenx, Nutricia, etc). She is a lead inventor on 3 patents, and co-inventor on 2 more. She is the scientific founder of a company called TigaTx (Total IgA Therapeutics), to proceed with IgA to the clinic

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