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New strategy to combat metastasis




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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.


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The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) pursues a society free of disease. To this end, it conducts multidisciplinary research of excellence to cure cancer and other diseases linked to ageing. It establishes technology transfer agreements with the pharmaceutical industry and major hospitals to bring research results closer to society, and organises a range of science outreach activities to engage the public in an open dialogue. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 researchers and more than 30 nationalities. Recognised as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence since 2011, IRB Barcelona is a CERCA centre and member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).