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Article – From Sample To Discovery: Applications, Challenges, And The Path Ahead In Full-Service Repertoire Sequencing

ENPICOM and Cerba Research have joined forces to conduct an in-depth interview focused on the applications, challenges, and future prospects within the realm of full-service repertoire sequencing.

In this collaborative effort, our esteemed experts, Dirk van Alewijk, PhDGoran and Ilse Wolters, and Henk-Jan van den Ham from ENPICOM, provide insights about the challenges of analyzing repertoire data, promising repertoire sequencing applications, and what the future holds for this cutting-edge technology.

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Presentation – Translating Scientific Challenges Into Scientific Challenges Into Preclinical Research Solution

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White Paper – Precision Medicine For Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) – Emerging Trends In Molecular Analysis

Of all types of cancer, lung cancer caused more deaths worldwide than any other type of cancer. It also causes more deaths than breast and colorectal cancers combined. Patients with the most common lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), have higher survival rates than patients with small-cell lung cancer (SCLC), but the outcomes for both remain bleak. According to the National Cancer Institute, the five-year survival rate for NSCLC between 2004 and 2010 was 20.7% compared to only 6.3% for SCLC.2

NSCLC patients also have more promising and more precise, treatment options today compared to even 10 years ago. Advances in biomarker and precision medicine have led to the development of immunotherapies and targeted novel treatments that have the potential to improve patient outcomes. In the United States, the FDA has approved dozens of biomarker-driven therapies for NSCLC, including ALK, EGFR, and ROS1 inhibitors. Meanwhile, more than 1,200 treatments are in development.

Discover the latest trends in precision medicine for NSCLC in this white paper

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White paper – Decoding A TCR And BCR Fingerprint – Immune Repertoire Sequencing

Welcome to our immune repertoire sequencing white paper page! We provide advanced solutions to study the diversity and specificity of immune cells in your clinical trial samples, using cutting-edge sequencing technologies and bioinformatic tools.

By analyzing the RNA sequences of the immune receptors (i.e., B-cell or T-cell receptors), we can identify and quantify the different types of immune cells present in your samples, as well as their clonal relationships and antigen recognition patterns. This information can be used to investigate immune responses to diseases, vaccines, tumors, or environmental stimuli, and to develop personalized therapies and diagnostics.

Our team of experts can guide you through the entire process, from sample preparation to data analysis and interpretation, and provide you with customized reports and visualizations.

Explore the power of immune repertoire sequencing and unlock the secrets of the immune system!

What you can find in the white papers:

  • The TCR and BCR sequencing workflow
  • Our standard report analysis
  • Cerba Research end-to-end solution sequencing service
  • Features and benefits of TCR and BCR profiling
  • And more intriguing features

Complete the form below to download the white papers!

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E-book – CAR+T Drug Development The Critical Role Of Flow Cytometry

Being one of the leading technologies for cellular analysis, flow cytometry generates simultaneous high-throughput enumeration and individual cell characterization data. With the breakthrough of cellular immune therapies, such as CAR+ T, flow cytometry became a critical platform, not only for clinical laboratories, but also for drug developers and manufacturers.

Flow cytometry plays a crucial role in the production process of CAR+ T cells, where it is used for assessing transduction efficiency, purity, and characterization of the CAR+ T product before infusion. After manufacturing, when CAR+ T cells are infused into the patients, flow cytometry is used again in clinical laboratories to assess CAR+ T expansion, efficiency, and persistence and to monitor minimal residual disease (MRD).

In this e-book, Ans De Beuckelaer, Regional Head Flow Cytometry EU and Rowan Claeys, Clinical Biologist at Cerba Research, dive deeper into key elements of flow cytometry:

  • The importance of flow cytometry in Car+T clinical research and its uses
  • Key aspects in developing a CAR+ T trial
  • The added value of flow cytometryin multiple myeloma, Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) assessments and multiple Myeloma phenotype
  • Car+T-cell Therapy: patient treatment, targeted antigens and solutions for MRD assessments and multiple myeloma phenotype assessment.
Cerba Research - Ebook - CAR+T Drug Development The Critical Role of Flow Cytometry
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Presentation – Automatization Of Immunohistochemistry Data Analysis For Protocol Validation

This presentation was given by Marie Gerus-Durand, Principal Scientist & Validation Engineer at Cerba Research Montpellier at the JMP Discovery Summit Europe.

Cerba Research is a global company providing high-quality, specialized analytical and diagnostic solutions for clinical trials. Cerba Research Montpellier develops customized immunohistochemistry protocols to detect the expression of selected targets on patients’ tissue sections.

To be used in clinical trials, these protocols must meet the regulatory agencies’ criteria to ensure that the protocol will allow consistent results on precious patients’ samples. With the diversity of parameters evaluated and the types of evaluation possible in implementing these custom protocols, automating data analysis became a need.

Thanks to various JMP® tools, we have developed an automated analysis that saves time and homogenizes protocol performance reports by including statistical and graphical data in a Dashboard. This process, submitted as JMP Add-in, has been incorporated into our user workflows, thus facilitating our procedures.

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Webinar – The Added Value Of Flow Cytometry In CAR T-Cell Clinical Trials Webinar

Watch Cerba Research’s latest webinar, ‘The Added Value of Flow Cytometry in CAR T-Cell Clinical Trials’.

The Added Value of Flow Cytometry in CAR T Cell Clinical Trials

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White Paper – Nonnegotiable Central Laboratory Capabilities For I/O Clinical Trial Success

In immuno-oncology (I/O), meeting budget and timeline expectations in the journey from translational research to commercialization is a challenge. You need expert, integrated clinical laboratory and diagnostic solutions delivered by top scientists who will help you assess needs and generate early insights that optimize your protocol.

What else should you look for in a clinical laboratory partner? Along with access to a sizable patient database, impeccable performance across the globe, and I/O experience, three main testing capabilities are mandatory for success in this field: immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, and next-generation sequencing.

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Webinar – In Light Of NASH: Liver Biopsy Optimization Webinar

Liver biopsies are the gold standard for Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis diagnosis and thus essential to NASH clinical trials, yet obtaining them is invasive, can be painful and comes with risk of complications. Making optimal use of these valuable samples is therefore critical.

In this webinar, our experts will highlight possible ways to get the most out of liver biopsies and moreover, provide an overview of alternative methodologies.

The presenters will discuss available stainings of liver biopsies for diagnosing NASH, how alternative and innovative imaging can facilitate pathologists’ reading of the samples and how the placebo effect can impact study results. Together, they will lead the discussion on how to determine the best process for trials and boost the optimal use of liver biopsies for studies.


Fanny Estermann, PhD, Biomarker Study Team Leader, Cerba Research Montpellier

Fanny Estermann holds a PhD in Biology. She conducted successfully her work on oncolytic viruses at Salk Institute for Biological Studies (La Jolla, CA, USA), paving the way for a new type of targeted cancer therapy. As a specialist in cancer research, she then worked on senescence, cancer and metabolism at the Cancer Institute of Montpellier (ICM, France). She focused her work on metabolism dysfunctions and its consequences in the global health and cancers. She then joined the Montpellier’s University Hospital center (IRMB, France) to develop cutting-edge stem cell, cancer and senescence techniques. After gathering extensive experience in cancer research, stem cells and metabolism, she received a degree in Clinical Trials from the University of Medicine of Montpellier before joining Cerba Research, as Biomarker Study Team Leader and Regional Head of Project Management. Her main goal with her team is to deliver high quality results to clients by designing and conducting custom scientific projects to fit clients’ needs in preclinical and clinical trials. She has been closely involved in the management and development of Cerba Research biopsy processing and new stainings. She is a direct interlocutor of many NASH KOL.

Manon Motte, Head of Image Analysis, Cerba Research Montpellier

Graduated as Master in Skin Biology at the University of Lyon, Manon worked for more than 7 years in the pharmaceutical industry in a Morphology Histologic team (R&D department) for Dermatological projects. She has a strong experience in the implementation of transverse Histology/Omics technology as well as in the validation of Image analysis applications (Pre-clinical and clinical Studies). Manon is also a specialist in histological techniques and related processes. Today, Manon has chosen to extend her experience in the histology and immunohistochemistry department of Cerba Research as an imaging manager and ensures compliance with GLP and ISO17025 standards in order to ensure maximum reliability in the results delivered to our customers. Manon leads the team advancing NASH associated imaging solutions to assist in the pathologist’s evaluation at Cerba Research. This development includes the evolution of digital pathology and software assisted analyses specific for NASH histological stains and their associated scores.

Pablo Ortiz, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, OWL Metabolomics

Pablo Ortiz became MD by Universidad Autónoma of Madrid (1972-1978) where he also achieved his PhD (1984-1990, Cum Laude) and Postgraduate with Honors in the Autonomous of Barcelona University about “Biostatistics in Medicine” (1980-1981). Pablo Ortiz graduated as an MD from Universidad Autónoma in Madrid (‘72-’78), after which he continued to a Postgraduate with Honors in Biostatistics in Medicine at the Barcelona University (‘80-’81). He also holds a PhD in Biostatistics in Medicine, obtained from Universidad Autónoma.
Pablo has extensive training in managing R&D projects and clinical trials, and over 25 years of experience (1979-2004) within the Medical Department of Boehringer Ingelheim. He was named Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Málaga University in 2000 and from 2008 to 2011, and currently teaches in the Master’s in Biotechnology program at the University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona.  From June 2004 until November 2012, he was CEO at Digna Biotech, a company created as a spin-off of University of Navarra, which he left with 4 clinical-Stage Products (1 small peptide, 2 proteins and 1 viral vector). He was member of the Board of Trustees in Fundación Moderna (Goverment of Navarra) and 2 Biotechs companies (Bionure and ProRetina) from 2010 to 2011. From January 2013 to date, Pablo is head of the Biotech division at Pivotal (Clinical CRO). He joined OWL in January 2013 as a senior consultant, in June 2014 as Chief Executive Officer and is currently its Chief Scientific Officer. He has published more than 30 papers in international peer-reviewed journals.

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Webinar – Turning Precision Medicine Into Action In Immuno-Oncology

The challenges in immuno-oncology (I/O) drug development require deep scientific insights, generation and analysis of complex biological data, new state-of-the art technologies and both logistical & operational support across continents. The goal of immuno-oncology drug developers is to turn precision medicine into action, bringing life-changing therapies to patients.

In this webinar originally held on October 4 our experts discuss the use of Immunohistochemistry (IHC), Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS), and Flow Cytometry (FCM) within immuno-oncology, and how they can offer the comprehensive insights required for I/O clinical trials.


  • Jérôme Sallette, PhD, CSO Cerba Research
  • Shu Jen Chen, PhD, CSO ACT Genomics
  • Sofie Vandevyver, PhD, Head of Business Operations & Marketing Cerba Research
  • George Wei, PhD, Vice President R&D ACT Genomics
  • Renaud Burrer, PhD, Head of Histopathology Cerba Research
  • Nithianandan Selliah, PhD, Global Head Flow Cytometry Cerba Research