New strategy to combat metastasis

Clara Campàs, founding partner of Asabys Partners, Salvador Aznar-Benitah and Valerie Vanhooren, founders of Ona Therapeutics, and Sergio Pérez, director of Sabadell Venture Capital

Clara Campàs, founding partner of Asabys Partners, Salvador Aznar-Benitah and Valerie Vanhooren, founders of Ona Therapeutics, and Sergio Pérez, director of Sabadell Venture Capital


The weekly supplement Dinero of La Vanguardia has published an article about Ona Therapeutics, the spin-off created by IRB Barcelona, ICREA and the researchers Salvador Aznar-Benitah and Valerie Vanhooren, with funding from Sabadell Asabys. Based on results published by Aznar in the journal Nature in 2017, the company aims to find a new treatment for metastatic cancer. “We found that the cells that give rise to metastasis are “addicted” to fats, and we envisaged developing a product, an antibody, that can block the protein responsible for fat uptake in these cells and thus combat their proliferation,” explains the researcher.