BioCentury | Jul 17, 2020
Emerging Company Profile

Acepodia: linking antitumor antibodies to immune cells

Acepodia is using its antibody-cell conjugation platform to link tumor-targeting antibodies to the surface of cell therapies while avoiding genetic engineering. The platform, which has the potential for cost savings compared with CAR T therapy,...
BioCentury | Jul 2, 2020
Emerging Company Profile

Bolt’s myeloid twist on ADCs charged up with $93.5M series C

Bolt’s $93.5 million series C round will enable the Stanford spinout to clinically test whether its myeloid-activating antibody conjugate can provide durable treatment to a broad swath of HER2-positive solid tumor patients. Led by Sofinnova...
BioCentury | May 23, 2020
Product Development

TIGIT breaks through as next-generation checkpoint target

Next-generation checkpoint inhibitors will take the limelight at the 2020 virtual ASCO meeting, with all eyes on TIGIT as the first to back up the noise with data. Genentech is poised to present Phase II...
BioCentury | Mar 14, 2020
Emerging Company Profile

Indapta harnesses natural NK cell subset to create allogeneic cancer therapy

Indapta is sidestepping genome engineering for its universal NK cells, a strategy that not only reduces manufacturing costs but also broadens the number of cancer patients it could treat relative to genetically edited allogeneic NK...
BioCentury | Feb 6, 2020
Product Development

Early signs CAR NKs could compete with CAR Ts in heme cancers

Early clinical data from CAR NK cells have started to roll in, and hint the modality could compete with CAR T cells on efficacy. Built into CAR NK cells are the benefits of off-the-shelf manufacturing...
BioCentury | Dec 10, 2019
Clinical News

Investors reward Fate for off-the-shelf NK data at ASH

Fate’s 41% gain following presentations at ASH solidifies its iPS cell-derived NK platform’s status as the company’s center of gravity. The company is advancing a series of increasingly complex off-the-shelf NK cell therapies, with a...
BioCentury | Dec 6, 2019
Targets & Mechanisms

Bispecifics and allogeneics steal the spotlight from autologous CAR Ts

Standing out at this year's ASH meeting is a pair of growing threats to first-generation CAR T cell therapies: bispecific antibodies and allogeneic cell therapies. Gone are the days when autologous CAR Ts were the...
BioCentury | Sep 4, 2019
Finance

Nkarta’s $114M series B to fund clinical NK cell programs, manufacturing facility

After stretching its $11.5 million series A round to bring its most advanced preclinical NK cell programs within a year of IND submissions while assembling a management team with expertise ranging from discovery to manufacturing,...
BioCentury | Aug 10, 2019
Product Development

Eat this, don’t eat that: CD47 companies’ first hurdle

The rush to drug CD47 shows no signs of abating, with five companies launching clinical programs for cancer this year and three moving forward on the back of encouraging Phase I data. The differentiator may...
BioCentury | Jul 25, 2019
Distillery Therapeutics

Innate Pharma's trifunctional NK cell engagers for multiple cancers

DISEASE CATEGORY: Cancer INDICATION: Lung cancer; lymphoma; solid tumors Innate Pharma S.A. showed that its trifunctional NK cell engager platform could be deployed against lymphoma, lung cancer and solid tumors. The trifunctional NK cell engagers...
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