Selecta Biosciences Board Member, Timothy Springer, Ph.D., Wins Lasker Award for Seminal Discovery of Key Adhesion Molecules that Mediate Immune Cell Interactions

Sep 29, 2022

WATERTOWN, Mass., Sept. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Selecta Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: SELB), a biotechnology company pioneering precision immune tolerance with its clinically validated ImmTOR® platform to develop tolerogenic therapies for autoimmune diseases, unlock the potential of gene therapies and amplify the efficacy of biologic therapies, extends its congratulations to its board of directors member, Timothy Springer, Ph.D., who yesterday won the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for his seminal discovery of integrin adhesion molecules that regulate trafficking, cell-cell interactions, and effector functions of lymphocytes and other immune cells. The leukocyte integrins were found to be part of a larger family of integrins involved in fundamental cell interactions related to embryonic development, hemostasis and other processes and discovered by Lasker Award co-winners Dr. Richard Hynes and Dr. Erkki Rouslahti. Selecta’s Chief Scientific Officer, Kei Kishimoto, Ph.D., was a key contributor to this foundational work during his time in Dr. Springer’s lab.

“Tim’s contributions to the field of immunology are truly monumental,” said Carsten Brunn, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Selecta Biosciences. “Our increased understanding of the principles governing complex immune cell interactions have opened vast opportunities for therapeutic development, and Selecta continues to benefit tremendously from Tim’s scientific insights and advice.”

The Lasker Awards program was created to highlight fundamental biological discoveries and clinical advances that improve human health, and to draw attention to the importance of public support of science.

About Selecta Biosciences, Inc.
Selecta Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ: SELB) is a clinical stage biotechnology company leveraging its ImmTOR® platform to develop tolerogenic therapies that selectively mitigate unwanted immune responses. With a proven ability to induce tolerance to highly immunogenic proteins, ImmTOR has the potential to amplify the efficacy of biologic therapies, including redosing of life-saving gene therapies, as well as restore the body’s natural self-tolerance in autoimmune diseases. Selecta has several proprietary and partnered programs in its pipeline focused on enzyme therapies, gene therapies, and autoimmune diseases. Selecta Biosciences is headquartered in the Greater Boston area. For more information, please visit www.selectabio.com.

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