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Biotech company cofounded by BIDMC scientists targets natural killer T-cells
Date:3/19/2009

response, but in other instances can cause problems," adds Exley, who is also a member of BIDMC's Division of Hematology/Oncology. "By selectively activating or depleting NKT function we plan to develop drugs that can target a wide range of diseases, from asthma and autoimmune disorders to cancers and infectious diseases. Asthma is one of the conditions in which NKT cells create an adverse immune response. Therefore, by downregulating NKT activity, we hope to create successful asthma treatments."

"I am very excited to lead the development of this very promising technology whose broad potential for addressing major health care needs is underscored by this successful financing," adds Robert Mashal, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of NKT Therapeutics.

NKT Therapeutics has licensed an extensive intellectual property portfolio from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Stan Mah of BIDMC's Technology Ventures Office (TVO) had the lead role in organizing licensing on behalf of all parties.


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Contact: Bonnie Prescott
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617-667-7306
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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