Achievements

      Profiling resistance: A new approach to cancer treatment

      PRINT Created with Sketch.
      PRINT

      Profiling resistance: A new approach to cancer treatment

      PRINT Created with Sketch.
      PRINT

      By Diane Hess

      Chemotherapy is the most widely-used cancer treatment, and yet in nearly 50% of all cancer cases, drug resistance exists in tumors from the outset. Right now, it takes weeks of treatment before doctors discover that the drugs are ineffective.

      According to Professor Nissim Benvenisty, the Chief Scientific Officer at Jerusalem-based biotech NewStem and Director of the Azrieli Center for Stem Cells and Genetic Research at the Hebrew University, “the trial and error period, during which patients experience the harmful side effects of chemotherapy, is taking time away from cancer treatment.”

      Professor Benvenisty and his team are testing chemotherapies on a genome-wide library of mutations in human haploid stem cells. Once they complete a database with the results of their work, doctors will be able to submit information on a patient’s tumor genetic profile and predict chemotherapy resistance prior to treatment.

      NewStem expects to have its first product on the market within three years, that will address at least one type of chemotherapy for one kind of cancer. The company received $2 million in seed financing in July and will receive an additional $2 million in the next 18 months.

      Professor Nissim Benvenisty

      Professor Benvenisty began studying human embryonic cells 20 years ago, when the field was brand new. He earned M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Hebrew University, and he did his postdoctoral studies at Harvard University.

      “One of the advantages of being at the Hebrew University is that we have the strongest student-based biology program in Israel,” said Professor Benvenisty. “We are able to recruit the best students to contribute to our research.”

      SHARE

      RELATED ARTICLES

      Cybersecurity and Health Research: Cooperation between...

      Cybersecurity and Health Research:...

      READ MORE

      Virginia Tech and Hebrew University of Jerusalem to...

      Virginia Tech and Hebrew University of...

      READ MORE

      A Pioneering Partnership in Nanomedicine

      A Pioneering Partnership in Nanomedicine

      READ MORE

      Hebrew University and University of Maryland Sign...

      Hebrew University and University of...

      READ MORE

      Zuckerman Scholars Program

      Zuckerman Scholars Program

      READ MORE

      HU and Freie Universität Berlin Expand Strategic...

      HU and Freie Universität Berlin Expand...

      READ MORE

      Thomas Jefferson University and HU’s Faculty of...

      Thomas Jefferson University and...

      READ MORE

      German and Israeli research leaders launch Global...

      German and Israeli research leaders...

      READ MORE

      Latin American academic leaders sign cooperation agreements...

      Latin American academic leaders sign...

      READ MORE
      X WHITE Copy Created with Sketch. X
      Lightbox Increment Created with Sketch.
      Arrow NEXT-image Created with Sketch.