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Neural Networks and Immune Networks? Dr. Sybille Muller and Dr. Heinz Kohler join team at Network Immunology
 
Neural Networks and Immune Networks?

Neural Networks and Immune Networks?

It has been known for quite some time, that the brain is a network of neurons. Scientists in the field of Network Immunology have discovered that the immune system also functions as a network of cells. Both networks have memory, and the ability to learn from experience. Both networks possess a distinct sense of “self”, and the ability [...]

Neural Networks and Immune Networks?
Dr. Sybille Muller and Dr. Heinz Kohler join team at Network Immunology

Dr. Sybille Muller and Dr. Heinz Kohler join team at Network Immunology

Two experienced immunologists in the field of immune network science, Dr. Sybille Muller and Dr. Heinz Kohler, have joined Network Immunology.  Dr. Muller has been appointed to the Board of Directors, and Dr. Heinz Kohler has been appointed Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board.  They discovered and researched the NetVac™ molecule that is a major component [...]

Dr. Sybille Muller and Dr. Heinz Kohler join team at Network Immunology
Neural Networks and Immune Networks?

Neural Networks and Immune Networks?

It has been known for quite some time, that the brain is a network of neurons.

Scientists in the field of Network Immunology have discovered that the immune system also functions as a network of cells.

Both networks have memory, and the ability to learn from experience.

Both networks possess a distinct sense of “self”, and the ability to differentiate, between “self” and other.

Network Immunology’s Chief Scientist, Geoffrey W. Hoffmann, who is both a physicist and immunologist by background, has discovered a mathematical equation that unites the two systems.   They are systems that function along the same mathematical principles.

Network Immunology is the only company in the world, that is dedicated to building on this Network Theory of the immune system, and commercializing technologies that emerge from it.

Technologies under development include a preventive HIV vaccine, and a therapeutic for HIV positive individuals.

There is now direct data for the NetVacpreventive HIV vaccine.

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Dr. Sybille Muller and Dr. Heinz Kohler join team at Network Immunology

Dr. Sybille Muller and Dr. Heinz Kohler join team at Network Immunology

Two experienced immunologists in the field of immune network science, Dr. Sybille Muller and Dr. Heinz Kohler, have joined Network Immunology.  Dr. Muller has been appointed to the Board of Directors, and Dr. Heinz Kohler has been appointed Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board.  They discovered and researched the NetVac™ molecule that is a major component of the Network Immunology HIV vaccine.

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Dr. Matthew Parsons of McGill University joins Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Matthew Parsons of McGill University joins Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Matthew Parsons of McGill University has been appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board of Network Immunology. Dr. Parsons has contributed to important research around the NetVac™ molecule that is part of the HIV vaccine that Network Immunology is developing.

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Network Immunology: Developing Products based on Immune Network Theory

Network Immunology: Developing Products based on Immune Network Theory

Network Immunology Inc. is a privately owned Vancouver based biotechnology company, consisting of a team of individuals who are committed to developing solutions to some of the world’s most pressing health issues.

The Company is developing four medications. The first is an HIV vaccine, the second is a method for facilitating organ transplantation, the third is a medication for the prevention and treatment of autoimmunity, and the fourth is a preventive vaccine for multiple forms of cancer. These medications are based on Dr. Geoffrey W. Hoffmann’s symmetrical immune network theory, which he has developed over a period of 38 years. This theory describes how the immune system functions and learns as a network of interacting immune system cells and antibodies.

Research in immunology typically involves studying how a single immune system responds to pathogens or other things that are foreign to the organism. Network Immunology’s technologies are based on the way that multiple immune system networks can be tailored to interact and harmonize with each other.

What are the major premises of immune network theory?

Immune network theory states that the “recognizers” of the immune system (the lymphocytes and antibodies) don’t only recognize foreign entities, but also recognize and interact with each other.  Understanding these network interactions of the system is key to understanding the issues of HIV, autoimmunity, organ rejection and cancer.

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A Brief History of Immune Network Theory: The Reemergence of a Forgotten Paradigm

A Brief History of Immune Network Theory: The Reemergence of a Forgotten Paradigm

In 1984, Dr. Niels Jerne won the Nobel Prize for the founding of immune network theory. However, an enigma arose in the early 1980’s concerning IJ, which is the central regulating unit of the immune system in the context of network theory. This is to say, with regard to the immune system, IJ is the center of “self”.

Immunologists had mapped IJ to a specific site in the genome, but they soon found that the gene was not there. This came to be known as the IJ paradox. This problem regarding IJ baffled immunologists at the time, to the extent that they threw out the baby with the bathwater. In other words, they walked away from the theory because of the confusion around IJ which, as a central component of the system, is crucial for the theory to work.  The vast majority of immunologists from then onward chose to shift their focus toward the details of the system, as opposed to developing this framework for understanding the system as a whole.

In contrast, Network Immunology’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Geoffrey Hoffmann, was captivated by this fundamental riddle, and turned his focus towards resolving IJ.  In 1994 he published a solution to the IJ riddle in a peer reviewed journal, but by then almost everyone in the field had moved away from network theory.  Hoffmann continued to develop immune network theory, and in 2008, he and Earnest Leung, discovered a phenomenon called “Restriction of V-V interactions in serum IgG”, which led to further theoretical progress. Three applications of the recently extended theory have since emerged from a single principle of the system that Hoffmann and his colleagues call “extended second symmetry”.

These applications include a novel HIV vaccine, that Network Immunology expects will be effective against multiple strains of HIV, an organ transplant facilitation technology, and a preventive and treatment for the various autoimmune disorders, including diabetes, arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

For further scientific information, feel free to read the introduction and contents section of Dr. Hoffmann’s book on immune network theory.

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Network Immunology Announces MAB3™: A Monoclonal Antibody Based Technology for the Prevention and Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases

Network Immunology Announces MAB3™: A Monoclonal Antibody Based Technology for the Prevention and Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases

Network Immunology’s Chief Scientist, Geoffrey W. Hoffmann, has discovered a way to make a kind of antibody for humans that has been shown in studies with mice to be intimately associated with the suppression of the immune system.  Network Immunology has filed a patent application for the use of this kind of antibody in the prevention and treatment of autoimmunity.

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Network Immunology Inc. Reports Filing of New Intellectual Property

Network Immunology Inc. Reports Filing of New Intellectual Property

On January 4th, 2011, Network Immunology Inc. filed provisional patent applications for it’s HIV vaccine and organ transplantation technologies. Both of these technologies have emerged from recent developments in Network Theory as applied to the immune system, and are closely related to each other at the level of the fundamental science. This was soon followed by a patent application for its MAB3 technology. On January 4th, 2012, the Company filed three Patent Convention Treaty applications, one for each of its technologies.

Network Immunology Inc. is seeking private equity financing in order to develop these technologies as quickly as possible.

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