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biosyn scientist and KLH researcher Dr. Kay Büchler shares his story for World Cancer Day 2020

The theme of World Cancer Day 2020 is "I am and I will" to let individuals tell about how they are committed to act in preventing cancer. One of biosyn’s own has shared his story: "My name is Dr. Kay Büchler. I am 42 years old and work as a production manager in drug research and development. After my doctoral studies in biology, I wanted to work on research into something that is not just theory, but can be applied clinically and is effective. Something that makes an impact in real life and is ultimately used on real patients. I looked to data for my answer and chose a biotech company in the pharmaceutical industry that uses very large protein molecules from a natural living source to help treat cancer. Bladder cancer. The molecules that we extract non-lethally from the Californian Keyhole Limpet are purified to an active ingredient and instilled into the urinary bladder. Because they are so big and different from naturally occurring human proteins, they stop recurrence by stimulating the immune system to fight any tumor cells trying to grow back. This therapy lowers the growth rate and acts with few side effects."

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biosyn’s Keyhole Limpet shares its story

My name is Megathura crenulata and I live in the cold coastal waters of Southern California’s and Baja Mexico’s Pacific rim. I am a marine mollusk that gives of itself to beat cancer. Every now and then, divers swim by my habitat to collect me and my comrades for our work in the fight against cancer. They gently take us to the biosyn labs where we are kept in cooled metal basins. As a gastropod, what flows through my veins is not mammalian blood, but hemolymph. The scientists in the lab extract this from my single foot to make immunocyanin, a powerful vaccine instilled in the bladder for cancer recurrence.

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