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Prof. Dr Thomas Heinze

// studied chemistry at FSU Jena

// After receiving his doctorate there in 1985 and subsequent postdoc work, he completed his habilitation at KU Leuven (Belgium) in 1997

// In 2001, he accepted a professorship in Macromolecular Chemistry at the University of Wuppertal (Germany)

// He has held a chair in Organic Chemistry at FSU Jena since 2002, where he is the Director of its Center of Excellence for Polysaccharide Research

// His research focuses on the development of polysaccharide materials for applications in biology, medicine and technology

Contact: laborundmore@succidia.de

Developing bio-based carrier systems for gene transfer

Genes on sugar - von Prof. Dr Dagmar Fischer, Prof. Dr Thomas Heinze

The targeted transport of DNA and RNA using vectors (mostly made from synthetic polymers) in cell cultures has become part of routine practice in biological R&D – a fact highlighted by the multitude of commercial kits now available. To date, however, obstacles relating to use in patients have beset many laboratory studies and – in particular – the transfer to clinical practice. In many cases, such issues are related to safety concerns and limited...