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NewLink Initiates Pivotal Phase 3 Clinical Trial of HyperAcute(R)-Pancreas Immunotherapy for Resected Pancreatic Cancer
Date:5/27/2010

ed into the human body. The response is strong enough to destroy transplanted cells and tissues within hours. NewLink's HyperAcute immunotherapy exploits this hyperacute antigen-antibody response to educate a patient's immune system to attack and destroy the patient's own unmodified cancer cells.

The company's HyperAcute products are composed of irradiated, allogeneic (off the shelf), whole cancer cells that have been genetically modified to add alpha-Gal residues to cell-surface lipids and proteins. The alpha-Gal epitopes function as a molecular adjuvant, effectively harnessing the xenotransplant rejection mechanism.

About HyperAcute-Pancreas Immunotherapy

HyperAcute-Pancreas immunotherapy consists of two equal cell doses of allogeneic pancreatic cancer cell lines engineered to express the murine alpha-Gal gene. Although cells making up naturally occurring pancreatic tumors in patients do not express alpha-Gal, they share other molecules including new tumor-specific and tumor -associated antigens, with the genetically altered pancreatic cancer cells introduced by the immunotherapy. Those similarities are believed to allow the antibodies and immune cells targeting alpha-Gal to redirect their attack and destroy patient's own tumor cells.

About Pancreatic Cancer

Cancer of the pancreas is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, killing more than 35,000 Americans in 2009. The disease is divided into two broad subtypes based on histological classification: pancreatic endocrine tumors are diagnosed in 5 percent of cases, and pancreatic adenocarcinoma accounts for the remaining 95 percent. Incidence and age-adjusted mortality rates of pancreatic adenocarcinoma are nearly equal, meaning the disease is almost universally fatal. Pancreatic cancer is
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