Articles for category "Applied research"

03 December 2016 · Applied research · Teaching

Mosses Work Miracles

In the second edition of the textbook "Biotechnology for Beginners" that will be published by Elsevier in February 2017 the authors Reinhard Renneberg, Viola Berkling and Vanya Loroch cover Ralf Reski's view as expert under the headline "Mosses Work Miracles". On these pages, Reski summarizes why plants are on the rise as alternative expression hosts for the production of recombinant biopharmaceuticals. The Chair of Plant Biotechnology from University of Freiburg also explains why he focusses on the moss Physcomitrella patens, which he has developed to be a flagship model for basic and applied research. He describes its advantages as well as its suitability for the production of several biopharmaceuticals.

Mosses Work Miracles

17 February 2016 · Applied research · Media Release

Towards a moss-based expression system

New data provides validation for Greenovation’s moss-based expression system as a GMP-compliant biopharmaceutical production system - successful collaboration with BioGenes.

  • Novel Physcomitrella patens-specific host-cell protein assay developed for GMP-compliant production in moss.
  • New data published in BioProcess International, February 2016

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22 December 2015 · Applied research · Media Release

FRIAS-USIAS Alumnus Ralf Reski has cultivated peat moss for measuring air quality

Prof. Dr. Ralf Reski, professor for biology and former FRIAS-USIAS Fellow, together with 30 experts at five universities and five medium-sized companies from Spain, Italy, France, Ireland and Germany, set out to develop a form of “biomonitoring” that is independent of electricity and mobile with the help of peat moss. Within only three years, the consortium MOSSclone, which is funded by the EU’s “Eco-Innovation!” programme, has been able to cultivate a type of moss that allows for the measurement of not only nitrogen and sulfur oxides or heavy metal concentrations, but also polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, most of which are carcinogenic.

see: Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

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07 December 2015 · Applied research · In the Media

Peat moss for measuring air pollution

Continuous monitoring of environmental air quality has been mandatory in the EU since 1996. However, state-of-the-art technical measurement systems are expensive and lack mobility. A European consortium led by biologist Prof. Dr. Ralf Reski has developed a new system that uses peat moss in so-called ”MOSSpheres” for monitoring air pollution. The project MOSSclone started in April 2012 and funding ended in March 2015.

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30 November 2015 · Applied research · In den Medien

Grünes Licht für klinische Phase-I-Studie mit erstem in Moos produzierten Pharma-Wirkstoff

Forschenden gelang es, in einer Moos-zell-Linie von Physcomitrella patens ein für Menschen verträgliches Enzym herstellen zu lassen, das zur Enzym-Ersatztherapie in der Fabry-Krankheit eingesetzt werden kann. Das Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte (BfArM) hat nun eine klinische Phase I Studie genehmigt, in der Verträglichkeit und Sicherheit des Wirkstoffes des ersten in Moos produzierte Medikament an freiwilligen, gesunden Personen getestet wird.

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06 November 2015 · Applied research · In the Media

First moss-made drug

The world’s first moss-produced drug candidate has the go-ahead to enter clinical trials

read whole story in the Journal Nature Biotechnology

23 September 2015 · Applied research · In the Media

Drug from Moss

Greenovation is allowed to start clinical trial for moss-aGal

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16 September 2015 · Applied research · In the Media

Phase I clinical trial for moss-aGal

Greenovation to start Phase I clinical trial for moss-aGal, a recombinant form of human alpha galactosidase.

read whole story in European Pharmaceutical Review

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14 September 2015 · Applied research · In the Media

Start Phase I Clinical Trial For Moss-aGal

Greenovation Receives BfArM Approval To Start Phase I Clinical Trial For Moss-aGal, The World´S First Moss-Produced Drug Candidate

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27 August 2015 · Applied research · In the Media

Start of early clinical trials with moss-aGal allowed

Fabry Enzyme Replacement Therapy (ERT) Based On Mannose-Mediated Cellular Uptake Shows Encouraging Preclinical Results That Allow Start Of Early Clinical Trials

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10 July 2015 · Applied research · In the Media

Greenovation: Using Moss as a Drug Production Factory

Factor H, a key component of the immune system that is missing in patients suffering from atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), was effectively produced in the moss Physcomitrella patens. In collaboration with the University of Freiburg, Greenovation now aims to humanize the protein to suit it for clinical use.

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06 July 2015 · Applied research · In the Media

Using mosses to produce medicines

Human disease can be treated with substances from traditional medicinal plants or with molecular pharming products. Molecular pharming uses genetic engineering techniques to insert genes into plants or animals that would otherwise not express these genes. These transgenics can then be used to produce therapeutic proteins such as antibodies. Dr. Eva Decker from the University of Freiburg and her team have now successfully produced a key protein of the human immune system in the moss Physcomitrella patens. Recombinant factor H might be used at some stage in the future for the therapy of atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome, a rare, life-threatening disease that affects kidney function.

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30 March 2015 · Applied research · Media Release

From Moss to Mouse

University of Freiburg to cooperate with a biopharmaceutical company on therapy for kidney diseases

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09 September 2014 · Applied research · Talk

Moss bioreactors as potent tools for biomedicine

Ralf Reski invited speaker at Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (PEI)

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23 September 2013 · Applied research · Media Release

Halftime for mosses as measuring devices

An international research team takes stock on their way to monitoring air quality in Europe. The team meets at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS).

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21 August 2013 · Applied research · Media Release

Research with the Moss Bioreactor

University of Freiburg and greenovation Biotech to cooperate on improved product yields.

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04 July 2013 · Applied research · Basic research · Media Release

Freiburg and Strasbourg join forces

Joint research groups of Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) and University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS).

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Applied research · Basic research

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06 May 2013 · Applied research · Media Release

Greenovation Biotech and Biomeva cooperate

greenovation Biotech GmbH and Biomeva GmbH sign development, manufacturing and supply agreement for GMP production of a protein with a novel expression platform.

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01 June 2012 · Applied research · Media Release

EPO for the Brain

Engineered Moss produces human hormone without doping activity.  Scientists from the Chair of Plant Biotechnology of the University of Freiburg, Germany, around Dr. Eva Decker and Professor Ralf Reski and from the Freiburg-based biotech company greenovation have genetically engineered the moss Physcomitrella patens in such a way that it now produces recombinant human asialo-EPO in the moss bioreactor and published their results in the Plant Biotechnology Journal.

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03 April 2012 · Applied research · Media Release

Moss detects Air Pollution

EU-Project develops peat moss as novel biological indicator with the help of the ReskiLab.

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07 December 2011 · Applied research · Media Release

Moss well invested

Contract between Freiburg Biobank of Plant Biotechnology (International Moss Stock Center, IMSC) and Greenovation Biotech GmbH.

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Applied research · Basic research

International Moss Stock Center (IMSC)

The IMSC offers research institutions, industrial enterprises and other facilities the possibility to store back-up moss samples in its cryobank. For researchers, it provides accession numbers of their newly established mutants or newly collected ecotypes to be included into their publications.

The IMSC is developed, hosted and managed by the ReskiLab and collects, preserves and distributes moss mutants, transgenic lines and ecotypes.

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06 May 2009 · Applied research · Media Release

Biotechnology: Moss can produce human proteins

Mosses and humans share unexpected common characteristics researchers from ETH Zurich and University of Freiburg have shown in the Plant Biotechnology Journal. These evolutionary relics could be useful in the production of therapeutic proteins.

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04 April 2008 · Applied research · Media Release

BMBF sponsors consortium on gene targeting

The GABI-PRECISE consortium announces cooperation for the development of precision engineering of genes, in which the ReskiLab is one of the collaborators.

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04 October 2006 · Applied research · Media Release

Joint Project on Molecular Farming in Moss Bioreactor Granted

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Applied research · Basic research

The model organism database was launched in 2003 and has been serving as the central knowledge and data base throughout the genome annotation history of Physcomitrella patens. Ever since its launch has aimed for continuous integration of published data from public repositories and collaborators around the world, including important milestones such as the first draft genome, the genetic map and the complete history of genome annotations from the very first (V1.0) to the most recent version (V3.3).

As such an essential repository it provides newcomers with a single, primary interface to explore the features of this flagship plant genome. At the same time, it provides the established scientific community with an up-to-date resource for comparative analyses. Key features include an integrative genome browser, collaborative annotation tools and a wiki as the central documentation platform. was initially funded by the German Research Foundation DFG and is hosted, maintained and constantly improved by the Chair of Plant Biotechnology at the University of Freiburg, Germany.

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