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Cardior’s lead compound against heart failure demonstrates excellent tolerability and safety

Ascenion’s portfolio company Cardior Pharmaceuticals announced positive results of a Phase Ib study with its first-in-class compound CDR132L.

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Welcome to the team!

Ascenion welcomes a new colleague to the Munich office: Stefanie Danzer joined in October 2020 to support the back office in event management and corporate communications.

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Ascenion is partner of ITN consortium ‘SMABEYOND’ on spinal muscular atrophy research

Ascenion will support eight members and four partners of the Innovative Training Network (ITN) ‘SMABEYOND’ in all aspects relating to the intellectual property and potential commercialization of their work.

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iThera to initiate a pivotal clinical trial with its optoacoustic imaging technology in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Ascenion’s portfolio company iThera gained regulatory approval for a pivotal trial evaluating its MSOT imaging technology for the assessment of colon inflammation. If successful, it could provide a superior, non-invasive alternative to colonoscopy.

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Biotech start-ups & zombies

How is the German start-up sector doing? Are there ‘zombies’ here too – as in the USA? And what should we be looking out for? A number of heads of German technology transfer organisations were interviewed for this overview, including Ascenion’s Christian Stein.

Ascenion’s Annual Review 2019: New impetus for start-ups

Supporting start-ups has always been a particular focus of our activities. In 2019, we have seen significant successes and opposing trends in this area. Here our summary of highlights, figures and key developments in the start-up field and beyond.


5-point plan to boost technology transfer and stimulate economic growth

The TransferAllianz proposes 5 measures to leverage the innovation potential of academic research and drive sustainable economic recovery following the corona crisis.

Aignostics Raises €5 Million Seed Round to Advance AI-Powered Pathology

BERLIN, 28 August 2020 – Aignostics, a spin-off from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) pioneering…

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T-knife Completes €66 Million Series A Financing to Develop Next Generation T-Cell Therapies

  • T-knife’s proprietary humanized mouse platform (HuTCR) T-cell Receptors expected to provide superior affinity/specificity properties
  • Series A round led by Versant Ventures and RA Capital Management, with strong participation from seed investors Andera Partners and BIVF

Ascenion’s portfolio company HepaRegeniX reports impressive preclinical data on its liver disease candidate

HepaRegeniX has demonstrated proof-of-efficacy in acute liver disease in preclinical studies performed in collaboration with the University Hospital of Tübingen (Germany) and the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN, USA).

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Ascenion strengthens legal team

Ascenion welcomes a new colleague to the Munich office: Cristina Romano joined the company as Legal Counsel in July 2020, bringing over 15 years’ professional experience to the team.

Webinars on gene- and cell-therapy projects presented by Ascenion & Oxford University Innovation

Join us on 24 June and on 1 July 2020 for our webinars, presenting the top licensable projects in the field of gene and cell therapy from Ascenion’s and Oxford University Innovation’s (OUI) portfolios.

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Welcome to the team!

Dr Julia Niemann joined Ascenion’s team in Hannover in April 2020 as Technology Scout. Her main focus will be on projects at the Hannover Medical…

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Charité spin-off dentalXrai offers AI platform for better dental decisions

Newly founded dentalXrai provides a unique, AI-based platform to improve and speed up the analysis of dental X-ray images. Ascenion, technology transfer partner of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, holds equity in the start-up.

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Diffratec Optics OG - a MUI spin-off - licensed innovative diffractive technologies

Diffratec, a spin-off from the Medical University of Innsbruck (MUI), commercializes breakthrough diffractive elements. These elements, in particular Moiré lenses, are extremely compact and tunable with high speed and precision.


BioFIT 2020 Digital

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AUTM Annual Meeting 2021 Virtual

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BioVaria 2021 Virtual

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ASTP Annual Conference 2021

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Lisbon, Portugal