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Theravectys gets authorization to produce lentiviral vectors for clinical use and CAR-T cell-based immunotherapy

Theravectys gets authorization to produce lentiviral vectors for clinical use and CAR-T cell-based immunotherapy

THERAVECTYS, a clinical development biotechnology company that focuses on the development of therapeutic vaccines and immunotherapies, proudly announces that its manufacturing plant has obtained the status of a pharmaceutical manufacturing establishment, granted by the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety. [More]
TxCell to present at upcoming US and French investment conferences

TxCell to present at upcoming US and French investment conferences

Damian Marron, CEO, TxCell, will present at the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine's 3rd Annual Regen Med Investor Day, New York, March 25, 2015. In addition, Damian Marron will also participate at the Portzamparc PEA-PME Forum, Paris, April 1, 2015. [More]
Genetic flaws in bowel cancer may trigger immune response at site of tumours

Genetic flaws in bowel cancer may trigger immune response at site of tumours

Scientists have found that genetic changes in bowel tumours are linked to the way the body's immune system responds to the cancer, according to research published today (Monday) in the journal Oncoimmunology. [More]
New triple combination therapy shows promise in controlling advanced melanoma

New triple combination therapy shows promise in controlling advanced melanoma

Results of a new study by UCLA researchers has found that a groundbreaking new triple combination therapy shows promising signs of more effectively controlling advanced melanoma than previous BRAF + MEK inhibitor or BRAF inhibitor + immunotherapy combos alone, and with increased immune response and fewer side effects. [More]
Researchers find way to enhance effects of immunotherapy in glioblastoma

Researchers find way to enhance effects of immunotherapy in glioblastoma

When cancer strikes, it may be possible for patients to fight back with their own defenses, using a strategy known as immunotherapy. According to a new study published in Nature, researchers have found a way to enhance the effects of this therapeutic approach in glioblastoma, a deadly type of brain cancer, and possibly improve patient outcomes. [More]
New range of purified, soluble immunoreceptors announced by AMSBIO

New range of purified, soluble immunoreceptors announced by AMSBIO

AMSBIO has announced a new range of purified, soluble immunoreceptors involved in key signalling pathways. Together with new indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) assay kits these products that can be used to screen for inhibitors of protein-protein interaction, as well as neutralizing antibodies that serve as positive controls for inhibition. [More]
TxCell to receive US patent for Ovasave to treat inflammatory bowel disease

TxCell to receive US patent for Ovasave to treat inflammatory bowel disease

TxCell SA, a biotechnology company developing innovative, cost-effective, personalized T cell immunotherapies using antigen specific regulatory T-cells (Ag-Tregs) for severe chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, today announces that a key patent is to be granted on March 31 2015 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. [More]
Physicians, researchers to discuss advances in cancer immunotherapies at UChicago symposium

Physicians, researchers to discuss advances in cancer immunotherapies at UChicago symposium

The Ben May Department for Cancer Research at the University of Chicago will hold a day-long symposium on cancer immunotherapy for physicians and researchers. [More]
NantWorks, Sorrento collaborate to discover and develop novel anti-cancer immunotherapies

NantWorks, Sorrento collaborate to discover and develop novel anti-cancer immunotherapies

NantWorks, Inc. and Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc., announced today that they have entered into a binding agreement to initiate a global collaboration to discover and develop novel anti-cancer immunotherapies derived from Sorrento's proprietary G-MAB library against neoepitopes of tumor-specific antigens discovered using NantWorks' proprietary pan-omics based, precision medicine approach. [More]
Tetanus booster shot enhances effect of vaccine therapy for lethal brain tumors

Tetanus booster shot enhances effect of vaccine therapy for lethal brain tumors

An innovative approach using a tetanus booster to prime the immune system enhances the effect of a vaccine therapy for lethal brain tumors, dramatically improving patient survival, according to a study led by Duke Cancer Institute researchers. [More]
New approach could dramatically increase survival rate of cancer patients

New approach could dramatically increase survival rate of cancer patients

Michail Sitkovsky, an immunophysiology expert at Northeastern University, and his research colleagues have made a breakthrough discovery in cancer treatment. The new approach, some 30 years in the making, could dramatically increase the survival rate of patients with cancer, which kills some 8 million people each year. [More]
Damon Runyon holds fourth annual Accelerating Cancer Cures Research Symposium

Damon Runyon holds fourth annual Accelerating Cancer Cures Research Symposium

Today, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation held the fourth annual Accelerating Cancer Cures Research Symposium. The yearly meeting is designed to encourage collaboration between cancer researchers in industry and their counterparts in academia in order to overcome many of the issues that currently impede progress against cancer. [More]
Rigel Pharmaceuticals reports net loss of $22.3 million for fourth quarter 2014

Rigel Pharmaceuticals reports net loss of $22.3 million for fourth quarter 2014

Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014. For the fourth quarter of 2014, Rigel reported a net loss of $22.3 million, or $0.25 per share, compared to a net loss of $16.9 million, or $0.19 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2013. [More]
TxCell invited to speak at largest US meeting for investors in emerging growth companies

TxCell invited to speak at largest US meeting for investors in emerging growth companies

In the presentation, Damian Marron will provide an overview of TxCell and its personalized T cell immunotherapy platform ASTrIA. Additional details will also be provided to institutional investors in one on one meetings at the conference. [More]
MD Anderson researchers find way to predict patients who may respond to BRAF inhibitors

MD Anderson researchers find way to predict patients who may respond to BRAF inhibitors

Powerful drugs known as BRAF-inhibitors have been crucial for melanoma patients, saving lives through their ability to turn off the BRAF protein's power to spur cancer cell growth. [More]
Rigel, Bristol-Myers Squibb partner to develop, commercialize TGF beta receptor kinase inhibitors

Rigel, Bristol-Myers Squibb partner to develop, commercialize TGF beta receptor kinase inhibitors

Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company today announced that they have entered into a collaboration agreement for the discovery, development and commercialization of cancer immunotherapies based on Rigel's extensive portfolio of small molecule TGF beta receptor kinase inhibitors. [More]
Proximity Ligation Assay helps detect effectiveness of cancer vaccines

Proximity Ligation Assay helps detect effectiveness of cancer vaccines

Cancer vaccines are designed to turn the body's own immune system specifically against tumor cells. Particularly promising are vaccines that are directed against so-called neoantigens: These are proteins that have undergone a genetic mutation in tumor cells and, therefore, differ from their counterparts in healthy cells. [More]
Study results pave way for new clinical trial for glioblastoma patients

Study results pave way for new clinical trial for glioblastoma patients

Immune cells engineered to seek out and attack a type of deadly brain cancer were found to be both safe and effective at controlling tumor growth in mice that were treated with these modified cells, according to a study published in Science Translational Medicine by a team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. [More]
New NIH grant to support development of rapid method for diagnosing mucormycosis

New NIH grant to support development of rapid method for diagnosing mucormycosis

Speed is essential in treating deadly mucormycosis fungal infections, but a quick diagnosis is difficult because no routine blood test exists. [More]
Scientists investigate how T cells in colorectal tumors actively fight cancer

Scientists investigate how T cells in colorectal tumors actively fight cancer

In recent years, a standard follow-up to colorectal cancer surgery has been to analyze the tumor tissue for the presence of immune cells. Finding high quantities of cytotoxic T cells, or "killer cells", means that there is a good chance that the disease will take a favorable course and that the risk of metastasis is comparatively low. [More]
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