CELL AND GENE THERAPY, INDUSTRIAL IMPACT
ImmunoGen, Inc. | March 02, 2023
On March 1, 2023, ImmunoGen, Inc., a leading firm specializing in antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), announced a global, multi-target license and option agreement with Vertex Pharmaceuticals. The deal provides Vertex with the rights to use ImmunoGen's ADC technology to research and discover targeted conditioning agents to be used in gene editing.
After each research period, Vertex will have the option to obtain an exclusive worldwide license to research, develop, and commercialize conditioning agents using ImmunoGen's technology for that target. ImmunoGen will hol full rights to the ADC technology for any targets not covered by the Vertex license.
Vertex will pay an upfront payment of $15 million as part of the agreement. In addition, ImmunoGen is eligible to receive up to $337 million in option exercise fees, development, and commercial milestone payments for each target. ImmunoGen will also receive tiered royalties as a percentage of worldwide commercial sales of licensed targeted conditioning agents by Vertex. Vertex will be responsible for all research, development, and commercialization costs.
ImmunoGen's Executive Vice President, Research, Development, and Medical Affairs, Michael Vasconcelles, MD, commented, "Given Vertex's extensive experience discovering and developing transformative medicines for patients with serious diseases, we are thrilled they have chosen to explore ImmunoGen's technology to develop ADCs for transplant conditioning in connection with gene editing." He further emphasized, "This agreement reflects our continued innovation in the ADC space and demonstrates the value of our technology platform and related intellectual property."
(Source – Business Wire)
About ImmunoGen, Inc.
ImmunoGen is dedicated to improving the lives of people with cancer by developing precise, targeted cancer therapies. Its lead product candidate is a first-in-class ADC called mirvetuximab soravtansine, which targets folate receptor alpha (FRα) and is being studied in multiple ovarian cancer trials. The company's second program, IMGN632, is a CD123-targeting ADC being studied for the treatment of BPDCN and AML. ImmunoGen is also developing two earlier-stage assets: IMGC936, an ADAM9-targeting ADC co-developed with MacroGenics, and IMGN151, a next-generation anti-folate receptor alpha ADC. The company aims to keep cancer from disrupting people's lives and get them back to living today, tomorrow, and beyond.
MEDTECH, INDUSTRIAL IMPACT
MaxCyte | January 04, 2023
MaxCyte, a leading commercial cell-engineering company, announced the signing of a strategic platform license (SPL) with Catamaran Bio, a biotechnology enterprise creating off-the-shelf chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-NK cell therapeutics to cure a wide range of cancers.
While Catamaran acquires non-exclusive clinical and commercial rights to use MaxCyte's Flow Electroporation® technology and ExPERT™ platform per the terms of the agreement, in exchange, MaxCyte will receive platform licensing fees and revenue related to its programs.
Catamaran is actively developing highly potent allogeneic, cryopreserved CAR-NK cell therapeutics using synthetic biology and non-viral cell engineering capable of treating challenging cancers, including solid tumors, by integrating new functional features with the inherent cancer-fighting properties of NK cells. In addition, the company created the TAILWIND® platform, an integrated set of technologies, to engineer, expand, and process NK cells into safe and effective off-the-shelf cell therapy products for numerous cancer types.
The MaxCyte ExPERT™ instrument portfolio is the next generation of clinically verified electroporation technology for complicated and scalable cell creation. The ExPERT™ platform provides the high-end performance required to enable the next era of biological and cellular treatments by delivering high transfection efficiency, seamless scaling, and expanded functionality. MaxCyte's Catamaran agreement is the company's 19th overall SPL.
MaxCyte is a prominent commercial cell-engineering firm dedicated to advancing breakthrough cell-based research and next-generation cell therapy discovery, development, and commercialization. Over the years, it has been developing and commercializing its unique Flow Electroporation® platform, which allows for the intricate creation of a wide range of cells. In addition, its ExPERT™ platform, based on its Flow Electroporation technology, has been created to assist the rapidly increasing cell therapy market and can be used across the high-growth cell therapy sector, from discovery and development to commercialization of next-generation cell-based therapies.
CELL AND GENE THERAPY, INDUSTRIAL IMPACT
Evaxion | February 10, 2023
Evaxion Biotech A/S, a clinical-phase biotech company specializing in enhancing AI-powered immunotherapies, and Pantherna Therapeutics GmbH, a biopharmaceutical company developing enhanced nanoparticle solutions for delivering and expressing mRNA therapeutics, announced a preclinical proof of concept for the combination of their key technologies.
Using Pantherna's unique lipid nanoparticle mRNA technology (PTXLNP®, PTXmRNA®), tumor neoantigens discovered by Evaxion's artificial intelligence (AI) platform drive a robust immune response and completely limit tumor development in a preclinical model.
Birgitte Rønø, CSO at Evaxion, said, “We are extremely pleased with the preclinical data that clearly demonstrate the potential for our combined technologies. The data provide further evidence that immunogenic sequences identified by Evaxion’s AI platforms are able to drive a relevant immune response on multiple vaccine platforms, including mRNA. This opens up many opportunities in our current and future immuno-oncology and infectious disease programs.”
(Source – GlobeNewswire)
CEO at Pantherna, Klaus Giese, stated, “We are encouraged by the data and see an enormous potential of combining Evaxion’s AI-based antigen discovery engines with our state-of-the-art mRNA-LNP platforms. The preclinical data substantiate the relevance of enhancing the efficiency of mRNA actions in the body and validates the ability of our platform to induce an immune response.”
(Source – GlobeNewswire)
Evaxion and Pantherna will continue investigating optimum LNP formulations for the efficient delivery of mRNA- and DNA-encoded antigens found by Evaxion's AI systems.
Evaxion Biotech A/S is a clinical-stage biotech firm working on AI-powered immunotherapies. Evaxion's patented and scalable artificial intelligence algorithms decode the human immune system to find and develop innovative immunotherapies for cancer, bacterial illnesses, and viral infections. It is developing a diverse pipeline of innovative product candidates, including three tailored cancer immunotherapies. It is listed on the Nasdaq New York Stock Exchange and is headquartered in Hørsholm, Denmark.