International Member
Prof. Dan Peer
Prof. Dan Peer
International Member
Professor and Director, Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv, Israel
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  • 2023
  • Bioengineering
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  • 2023
  • Bioengineering
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  • 2023
  • Bioengineering
Election Citation
For developing innovative strategies for systemic, cell-specific delivery of RNA payloads.
Biography

Dan Peer is a Professor and the Director of the Laboratory of Precision NanoMedicine at Tel Aviv University (TAU). He is also the Vice President for Research and Development in Tel Aviv University. From 2017, he is the Founding and Managing Director of the SPARK program, Center for Translational Medicine at TAU.

Prof. Peer’s work was among the first to demonstrate systemic delivery of RNA molecules using targeted nanocarriers to the immune system and he pioneered the use of RNA interference (RNAi) as drug discovery tools in immune cells. In addition, his lab was the first to show systemic, cell specific delivery of modified mRNA in animals. This strategy has enormous implications in cancer, inflammation, and infectious diseases. His lab developed one of the largest lipid library with unique properties and strategies to immobilized natural ligands and antibodies on the surface of lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) for cell specific delivery of RNA payloads.

His lab was also the first to show systemic, high efficiency, cell specific, therapeutic genome editing in cancer. Recently, his lab also showed the first bacterial mRNA vaccine that opened new potential field of increasing the arsenal of vaccines against antibiotic resistance strains.

Prof. Peer has more than 145 pending and granted patents. Almost 70% of them have been licensed to several pharmaceutical and biotech companies and his innovations have now been tested in more than 7 different clinical trials. In addition, based on his lab work, four spin-off companies were generated aiming to bring innovative personalized medicine into clinical practice. Prof. Peer was the President of the Israeli Chapter of the CRS from 2014-2016. He is a scientific advisory board member in more than 15 companies and on the scientific advisory board of more than 20 journals. In 2014, he was elected to the Israel Young Academy. In 2023, he was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Employment
  • Tel Aviv University Professor and Director