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LUMICKS enters collaboration with Glycostem to enhance NK cell-mediated immunotherapy

LUMICKS enters collaboration with Glycostem to enhance NK cell-mediated immunotherapy

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – July 30, 2020 – LUMICKS has entered into a collaboration with Glycostem Therapeutics, the Netherlands, to improve immunotherapeutic drug development. By quantifying binding strength between immune and cancer cells using the unique z-Movi® Cell Avidity Analyzer, Glycostem exploits the predictiveness of avidity in finding the best NK-cell population for cellular therapy.

Glycostem is a leading NK-cell manufacturer that has developed stem cell-derived therapeutic strategies, such as oNKord® and CAR-NK cells. In this collaboration, Glycostem will assess their NK cells using LUMICKS’ z-Movi® to gain new insights into the cell avidity and functional properties of their cells. Avidity is a new parameter that is crucial to understand immune cells better and choose the most potent ones for immunotherapy.

“Adding the z-Movi® to our repertoire will improve the development of our NK cell-based therapy platforms using oNKord® and genetically modified NK cells,” said Jan Spanholtz, CSO at Glycostem, “We are thrilled to implement single-cell avidity analyses to our workflow as it is an invaluable and efficient predictor of our product’s immune-cell functionality and mechanism of action.”

LUMICKS is looking forward to this collaboration as future findings at Glycostem will validate the workflow of the z-Movi®, the only available cell avidity analyzer. The partnership enables LUMICKS to expand on the implementation of the z-Movi® to new immunotherapeutic settings, confirming its great value to different fields.

“We are excited to work together with Glycostem and show the value of avidity analyses as a critical parameter to evaluate the potential of clinical leads for immuno-oncology therapy,” said Olivier Heyning, CEO at LUMICKS. “The collaboration will validate the use of the z-Movi® for studying NK cells, a promising off-the-shelf alternative to autologous CAR T-cell therapy.”


LUMICKS is a leading life science tools company that develops equipment for dynamic single-molecule and cell avidity analysis, two rapidly emerging areas in biology research and immuno-oncology.  LUMICKS’ tools allow researchers to build the crucial and as yet unfinished bridge between structure and function at both a molecular and a cellular level. This is achieved by applying and measuring forces around biological interactions, enabling the detailed real-time analysis of underlying biological mechanisms. LUMICKS’ C-Trap® Optical Tweezers – Fluorescence & Label-free Microscopy, allows scientists to analyze complex biological processes in real-time. Similarly, the z-Movi® Cell Avidity Analyzer enables the measurement and selection of immune cells based on their real-time interactions with target cells.

About Glycostem

Netherlands-based Glycostem Therapeutics BV, a clinical stage biotech company, develops allogeneic cellular immunotherapy to treat several types of cancer. By harnessing the power of stem cell-derived Natural Killer (NK) cells, Glycostem’s products are a safe alternative to CAR-T-cells. Glycostem’s lead product, oNKord®, is manufactured from allogeneic raw material and is available off-the-shelf. Thanks to its nine patent families, longstanding technical expertise and resources, as well as Orphan Drug Designation, Glycostem has secured a leadership position in the global NK-cell market. oNKord® is produced in a closed system in Glycostem’s state-of-the-art and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) licensed production facility in the Netherlands, from which it can be distributed globally. The production technology includes ex vivo generation of high numbers of NK-cells with a high degree of purity for clinical applications. oNKord® successfully passed phase I clinical trial (elderly and frail AML – Acute Myeloid Leukemia – patients), providing solid safety data and strong indication of clinical activity, including response on MRD (Minimal Residual Disease). Results indicate that oNKord® may be safely infused in AML patients. Glycostem is furthermore developing a range of CAR-NK/TCR-NK products in-house and in cooperation with amongst other global partners.

For more information contact:

Kassandra Barbetsea, media contact

+31 (0) 63 482 09 48

Joshua Young, investor contact

Troels Jordansen, media contact Glycostem Therapeutics B.V.

+31 (0) 61 834 53 26

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