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Immunotherapy is the concept of using the immune system to treat disease, for example, developing a vaccine against cancer. Immunotherapy may also refer to the therapy of diseases caused by the immune system, allergies for example.
PD-L1 protein could be a potential immunotherapy target for malignant pleural mesothelioma

PD-L1 protein could be a potential immunotherapy target for malignant pleural mesothelioma

Treating patients with high-dose radiotherapy after chemotherapy and surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma does not achieve improvements in local relapse and overall survival, according to data from a prospective randomized phase II trial presented at ESMO 2014 Congress in Madrid. [More]
Nivolumab drug achieves superior response rates in previously-treated advanced melanoma patients

Nivolumab drug achieves superior response rates in previously-treated advanced melanoma patients

The monoclonal antibody nivolumab achieves superior response rates and a longer duration of response than standard chemotherapy in patients whose melanoma has progressed after treatment with ipilimumab, according to phase III data presented at the ESMO 2014 Congress in Madrid, Spain. [More]
NCCN ORP awards four research grants to advance development of nintedanib

NCCN ORP awards four research grants to advance development of nintedanib

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network Oncology Research Program has awarded four grants to investigators to evaluate and define the clinical effectiveness of the investigational compound nintedanib (BIBF 1120) in non-small cell lung, colorectal, and gastrointestinal cancers. [More]
Ohio State researchers develop novel anticancer peptide vaccines and inhibitors

Ohio State researchers develop novel anticancer peptide vaccines and inhibitors

Researchers have developed two new anticancer peptide vaccines and two peptide inhibitors as part of a larger peptide immunotherapy effort at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. [More]
XAGE1 antibody confers survival benefits to lung adenocarcinoma patients

XAGE1 antibody confers survival benefits to lung adenocarcinoma patients

Patients with advanced lung adenocarcinoma who produce the XAGE1 antibody appear to survive twice as long as those who do not produce it, Japanese study data show. [More]
ImmunoCellular signs licensing agreement with Caltech to develop antigen-specific T-cell technology

ImmunoCellular signs licensing agreement with Caltech to develop antigen-specific T-cell technology

ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd. announced today that it has established a licensing agreement with the California Institute of Technology for exclusive rights to novel technology for the development of certain antigen specific T-cell immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer. [More]
Inovio, GeneOne to advance DNA-based Ebola vaccine into phase I clinical trial

Inovio, GeneOne to advance DNA-based Ebola vaccine into phase I clinical trial

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced it will advance its DNA vaccine for Ebola into a phase I clinical trial in a collaboration with GeneOne Life Science Inc., an international DNA vaccine manufacturer in which Inovio holds a minority interest. [More]
Amgen seeks FDA approval for leukemia drug blinatumomab

Amgen seeks FDA approval for leukemia drug blinatumomab

Amgen today announced submission of a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration seeking approval for its investigational bispecific T cell engager (BiTE) antibody construct, blinatumomab. [More]

TxCell to provide update on immunotherapy products at Société Générale Healthcare & Biotechnology Conference

TxCell SA, a biotechnology company developing innovative, personalized cell-based immunotherapies using antigen specific regulatory T-cells (Ag-Tregs) for severe chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, announces today that it will participate at the Société Générale Healthcare & Biotechnology Conference. [More]
Longer looks: Lithium in the water; controlling cancer; recovering from brain injury

Longer looks: Lithium in the water; controlling cancer; recovering from brain injury

There are many kinds of cancer, but treatments have typically combatted them in one way only: by attempting to destroy the cancerous cells. Surgery aims to remove the entire growth from the body; chemotherapy drugs are toxic to the cancer cells; radiation generates toxic molecules that break up the cancer cells' DNA and proteins, causing their demise. [More]
Penn Medicine, Wistar Institute awarded NCI grants for four new melanoma research projects

Penn Medicine, Wistar Institute awarded NCI grants for four new melanoma research projects

Penn Medicine and The Wistar Institute have been awarded a prestigious $12.1 million SPORE grant from the National Cancer Institute. The five-year Specialized Programs of Research Excellence, or SPORE, grant will fund four new melanoma research projects that aim to translate fundamental laboratory discoveries into new therapeutics to treat melanoma and other skin cancers. [More]
Leaky intestines may cripple bacteria-fighting immune cells in patients with CVID

Leaky intestines may cripple bacteria-fighting immune cells in patients with CVID

Leaky intestines may cripple bacteria-fighting immune cells in patients with a rare hereditary disease, according to a study by researchers in Lausanne, Switzerland. The study, published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine, may explain why these patients suffer from recurrent bacterial infections. [More]
Cancer Research UK, CRT partner with Asterias to trail novel immunotherapy treatment for lung cancer

Cancer Research UK, CRT partner with Asterias to trail novel immunotherapy treatment for lung cancer

CANCER RESEARCH UK and Cancer Research Technology , the charity's development and commercialisation arm, have reached an agreement with Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company in the emerging field of regenerative medicine, to take forward Asterias' novel immunotherapy treatment AST-VAC2 into clinical trials in subjects with non-small cell lung cancer. [More]
Merck's Keytruda gets FDA approval for treatment of malignant melanoma

Merck's Keytruda gets FDA approval for treatment of malignant melanoma

The recent approval of Merck & Co.'s Keytruda by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of malignant melanoma is a significant milestone for Merck & Co. and for the oncology immunotherapy drug market. Decision Resources Group anticipates the launch of Keytruda as the first anti-PD-1 immunotherapy in the United States for treatment of advanced and unresectable malignant melanoma. [More]
New breast cancer vaccine provides evidence of immunotherapy in preventing disease recurrence

New breast cancer vaccine provides evidence of immunotherapy in preventing disease recurrence

A new breast cancer vaccine candidate, (GP2), provides further evidence of the potential of immunotherapy in preventing disease recurrence. This is especially the case for high-risk patients when it is combined with a powerful immunotherapy drug. [More]
New immuno-oncology drug helps body's own immune system to fend off cancer

New immuno-oncology drug helps body's own immune system to fend off cancer

According to an August 25 Reuters report, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is likely to approve Merck & Co.'s highly anticipated immuno-oncology drug, pembrolizumab, as a treatment for melanoma well ahead of a late October deadline. [More]
Keytruda drug gets FDA approval for treatment of advanced melanoma

Keytruda drug gets FDA approval for treatment of advanced melanoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a new immunotherapy drug to treat advanced melanoma, signaling a paradigm shift in the way the deadly skin cancer is treated. [More]
People with food allergies have to watch what their fruits and vegetables eat

People with food allergies have to watch what their fruits and vegetables eat

People with food allergies always have to watch what they eat. Now, they may have to watch what their fruits and vegetables eat, as it seems it's possible to have an allergic reaction to antibiotic residues in food. [More]
Researchers examine which condition comes first - childhood obesity or asthma?

Researchers examine which condition comes first - childhood obesity or asthma?

For years, doctors have known that there is a link between childhood obesity and asthma, but have found it difficult to determine which condition tends to come first, or whether one causes the other. [More]
LSDF announces $750,000 in Proof of Concept grants to promote health-related technologies

LSDF announces $750,000 in Proof of Concept grants to promote health-related technologies

The Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF) today announced nearly $750,000 in Proof of Concept grants to Washington state for-profit and non-profit organizations to promote translation of health-related technologies from the laboratory to the commercial marketplace. [More]