Genesis Biopharma, Inc. (OTC/BB: GNBP), a biotechnology company developing targeted cancer immunotherapies, today announced it has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Under the terms of the five-year cooperative research and development agreement, Genesis Biopharma will work with Steven A. Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D., the NCI Surgery Branch Chief, to develop adoptive cell immunotherapies that are designed to destroy metastatic melanoma cells using a patient’s tumor infiltrating lymphocytes.
Specifically, the CRADA will (i) support the in vitro development of improved methods for the generation and selection of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes with anti-tumor reactivity from patients with metastatic melanoma, (ii) develop approaches for large-scale production of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes that are in accord with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) procedures suitable for use in treating patients with metastatic melanoma, and (iii) allow the conduct of clinical trials using these improved methods of generating tumor infiltrating lymphocytes as well as improved adoptive cell therapy preparative regimens for the treatment of metastatic melanoma.
Both Genesis Biopharma and the NCI may provide personnel, services, facilities, equipment or other resources under the agreement. Genesis Biopharma will provide funding for the CRADA research project. Genesis Biopharma will have an exclusive option to negotiate an exclusive license to any new inventions developed jointly or solely by NCI scientists as a result of the research activities under the CRADA.
“The medical oncology community is very aware of Dr. Rosenberg’s groundbreaking work using adoptive cell therapy and tumor infiltrating lymphocytes for the treatment of metastatic melanoma,” stated Anthony J. Cataldo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Biopharma. “We look forward to working with Dr. Rosenberg and his colleagues at the NCI on this research project.”
Genesis Biopharma has been independently developing Contego™, the Company’s autologous cell therapy product candidate for the treatment of metastatic melanoma, and has partnered with members of its Scientific and Medical Advisory Board for advice and assistance. Genesis Biopharma’s Scientific and Medical Advisory Board is comprised of leading oncology researchers and clinicians, and includes:
- Cassian Yee, M.D., of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- James Mule, Ph.D. and Jeffrey Weber, M.D., Ph.D., of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
- Patrick Hwu, M.D. and Laszlo Radvanyi, Ph.D., of MD Anderson Cancer Center
- Daniel Powell, Ph.D., of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
- Mario Sznol, M.D., of Yale University School of Medicine
- David DiGiusto, Ph.D., of the City of Hope
Genesis Biopharma also recently announced the signing of a process development and scale-up agreement relating to the manufacture of Contego with Lonza, one of the world’s leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical, healthcare and life science industries. Lonza is also one of the largest manufacturers of autologous cell therapy products.
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