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Dr. Sanja Selak

Head of the Department of Serology and Immune Assays

Intercell AG

HQ Phone: (301) 330-3982

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Intercell AG

22 Firstfield Road Suite 210

Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

United States

Company Description

Intercell AG is an innovative biotechnology company that develops novel vaccines for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases with substantial unmet medical needs. Intercell’s vaccine to prevent Japanese Encephalitis is the Companyʹs first p ... more

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Background Information


Chief Executive Officer and Scientific Affairs
Origimm Biotechnology GmbH

Postdoctoral Fellow
Instituto Cajal, CSIC


PhD degree


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Team | Origimm Biotechnology [cached]

Sanja Selak, PhD

Sanja Selak, PhD
Sanja Selak, PhD
Founder and CEO
After more than 20 years of experience in immunology, serology, and antigen discovery, Sanja now strives to advance vaccine discovery and immune therapy development. Previously she was Head of Department of Serology and Immune Assays at Intercell AG, where she distinguished herself for accurately predicting the success of various vaccine candidates in clinical trials based on sophisticated methods for antigen validation that she designed and developed.
Before moving to industry, Sanja studied and worked at world renowned academic institutes around the globe including the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada, Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), Woods Hole, MA, USA, the Neurobiology Institute Ramon y Cajal in Madrid, and Neuroscience Institute in Alicante, Spain. She is the author of numerous publications and inventor of several patented products.
For Sanja, science is the highest form of art accomplished by a creative imagination. This approach stems from her music background: Sanja is also a music composer and an accomplished pianist. She especially enjoys playing the colorful and texture-rich pieces of Chopin, Beethoven, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff.

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Sanja Selak, Intercell AG

Developing Effective Vaccine Strategies at Intercell | ProImmune [cached]

Dr. Sanja Selak (front row, second from left) and the Serology and Immune Assays team at Intercell AG, Austria.

Epitope discovery systems, such as ProImmune's Antigen Characterization Platform, often identify a large number of candidate epitope sequences. While many protein sequences can potentially be antigenic only a few will be relevant as key antigens with addressable immune responses in vivo. To complicate matters further, the available antigens from pathogens may alter over the course of an infection, as Dr. Sanja Selak of Intercell AG, Austria, outlined in her presentation at ProImmune's Antigen Characterization and Biomarker Discovery Summit in January 2011.
Dr. Selak is investigating the B cell epitopes of pathogenic bacteria, and their potential for use in vaccination strategies. Bacterial antigens are especially tricky to work with because bacteria do not express the same proteome consistently. They react to their environment, in particular the availability of micronutrients, and respond by expressing the cellular machinery they require to survive, so that a whole gamut of new antigens can suddenly become available. She has to consider not only the 'who' of candidate epitopes from her discovery strategies, but the 'when' 'where' and 'why', as bacteria adapt to survive in their local habitat.
Since animal models are of limited value with such well-adapted human pathogens, Dr. Selak and her colleagues are now beginning to consider the potential offered by tissue explant cultures for simulation of bacterial microenvironment during infection.
Watch and listen to a slidecast of Sanja Selak's presentation at the ProImmune Antigen Characterization and Biomarker Discovery Summit

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Origimm was founded by Dr. Sanja Selak, the former Head of the Department of Serology and Immune Assays at Intercell in 2012.

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Dr. Sanja Selak

Head of Serology & Immune Assays, Intercell AG, Vienna, Austria

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