Halifax, Nova Scotia; May 5, 2016 – Immunovaccine Inc. (“Immunovaccine” or the “company”) (TSX: IMV; OTCQX: IMMVF), a clinical stage vaccine and immunotherapy company, today announced the launch of its DPX-NEO program to develop neoepitope immunotherapies to further expand the immuno-oncology applications for its DepoVax™-based vaccines. As its first official partnership for this program, Immunovaccine will collaborate with experts in this field at UConn Health on a preclinical study to evaluate the immunologic and anti-tumor activity of patient-specific neoepitopes.
Epitopes are the part of the biological molecule that is the target of an immune response. Neoepitopes are the mutated proteins produced by a patient's own tumors. Neoepitope vaccines target these patient-specific proteins and were recently dubbed ‘the next immunotherapy frontier.
“Neoepitopes are emerging as a very strong option to advance personalized cancer medicine, as they have tremendous potential to effect cancer treatments that provide truly individualized immunotherapies,” said Frederic Ors, Immunovaccine’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our novel DepoVax™ platform, with its unique mechanism of action and cost-effective, scaleable manufacturing capabilities, is ideally positioned to become an enabling technology in this exciting field.”
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