Hershey, PA & Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 28, 2014
Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc. (ITI) has entered into collaboration agreements with two researchers to further develop potential treatments for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most common and deadly malignant brain tumor, in combination with their patented vaccine platform, LAMP-vax.
The agreements, recently executed by ITI and Duke University, are based on the work of John H. Sampson, MD, PhD, MBA, MHSc, Chief, Division of Neurosurgery at The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University Medical Center, and Duane Mitchell MD, PhD, formerly of Duke, and now Co-Director of the Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy and Director of the University of Florida Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program. The agreements call for research collaboration on brain tumor treatments using ITI’s proprietary lysosomal associated membrane protein (LAMP) technology, to optimize potential vaccine-based treatments previously developed by Drs. Mitchell and Sampson while at Duke University Medical Center.
Connections leading to the deals and interest in the GBM therapeutic space for ITI were established via the National Brain Tumor Society’s Advancing Research to Treatment (ART) for Brain Tumors program. National Brain Tumor Society’s ART program was designed to explore collaborative opportunities to improve the brain tumor research and drug development pipeline by involving all stakeholders, including biopharmaceutical industry executives, life science venture capitalists, philanthropic and patient advocacy organizations, government agencies and institutes, and medical academic researchers,
The inaugural ART conference in 2013 focused on basic industry-academia communications, as well as the technology-transfer and licensing process for potential new treatments. It also allowed a number of the National Brain Tumor Society-funded researchers, including Drs
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