Genocea Announces Research Collaboration with Iovance to Explore Development of Neoantigen-Targeted TIL (Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocyte) Products
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Genocea Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNCA), a biopharmaceutical company developing personalized cancer immunotherapies, today announced a research collaboration with Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. to assess the potential of applying Genocea’s neoantigen identification platform, ATLAS™, to next-generation TIL (tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte) product development.
“We are pleased to collaborate with Iovance, as they are recognized leaders in TIL therapies,” said Chip Clark, Genocea President & CEO, “and are excited to explore the utility of ATLAS, with its ability to identify and characterize neoantigens, in developing neoantigen-targeted TIL therapies, which would naturally complement our ongoing personalized cancer vaccine and cell therapy programs.”
Financial and other terms were not disclosed.
About Genocea Biosciences, Inc.Genocea is a biopharmaceutical company developing personalized cancer immunotherapies. Our unique ATLAS technology platform allows us to identify immunotherapy targets based on each person’s tumor antigen-specific T cell responses. Using ATLAS, we can both optimize neoantigens for inclusion in our immunotherapies and exclude so-called “inhibitory” antigens that appear to exert an immunosuppressive effect on the patient. We are advancing complementary programs built from ATLAS insights: GEN-009, our neoantigen vaccine candidate for which we are conducting a Phase 1/2a clinical trial across a variety of solid tumor types, and GEN-011, our neoantigen-specific adoptive T cell therapy, for which we intend to file an Investigational New Drug Application in the first half of 2020. To learn more, please visit www.genocea.com.
Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release includes forward-looking statements, including statements relating to new applications of Genocea’s ATLAS technology platform and Genocea’s intention to file an Investigational New Drug Application for GEN-011, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Genocea cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties that change over time. Applicable risks and uncertainties include those identified under the heading “Risk Factors” included in Genocea’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and any subsequent SEC filings. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and Genocea assumes no duty to update forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.