Penn spinout, Verismo Therapeutics, says the FDA has granted Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) to its KIR-CAR T-cell immunotherapy drug, SynKIR-110, for the treatment of patients with mesothelin-expressing mesotheliomas.
A study that reveals new understanding of Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cell functionality is said to underscore the critical role that cell avidity or binding plays in uncovering and optimizing CAR T cells.
Novartis continues down the third-party manufacturing route, as it secures an agreement with Carisma Therapeutics, a firm developing a cell therapy platform focused on engineered macrophage-based therapeutics.
Biomunex Pharmaceuticals, a French company focused on the discovery and development of bi- and multi-specific antibodies, sees its BiXAb5 project receive nearly €3m (US$3.5m) in the form of a grant from the French government.
British-Swedish pharma giant, AstraZeneca, has disclosed key preclinical data for AZD5305, its next-generation PARP1 selective inhibitor at the virtual American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) meeting this week.
Agenus Inc, an immuno-oncology company with a pipeline of agents designed to activate immune response to cancers and infectious diseases, has reported the dosing of the first COVID-19 patient with agenT-797, an allogeneic cell therapy, through its subsidiary,...