PRINCETON, N.J., Nov. 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PDS Biotechnology Corporation (Nasdaq: PDSB), a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company developing multiple therapies based on the Company’s proprietary Versamune® T-cell activating technology, today announced that Lauren V. Wood, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of PDS Biotechnology, has been selected to deliver an oral presentation on the Company’s novel T-cell activating immunotherapy platform, Versamune®, at the World Vaccine & Immunotherapy Congress West Coast 2019, taking place on December 2-5, 2019 in San Francisco, CA.
Details for the presentation are below:
Presentation Title: Versamune®: A Novel T-cell Activating Immunotherapy Platform
Topic: Engaging T-Cells, Cancer Antibodies, and Combinations
Presenter: Dr. Lauren V. Wood, Chief Medical Officer, PDS Biotechnology
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Time: 3:00pm PST
The Versamune® platform is PDS Biotech’s proprietary, synthetic lipid-based T-cell activating platform, which works by facilitating several critical immunological pathways. Versamune’s® mechanism of action involves the effective cross-presentation of tumor antigens via the MHC Class I and Class II pathways to prime tumor-specific CD8+ and CD4+ T-cells as well the potent up-regulation of Type 1 interferon genes within the lymph nodes, promoting effective T-cell migration, activation and proliferation. These mechanisms promote strong in-vivo induction of polyfunctional tumor-targeting CD8+ killer T-cells. Versamune’s® activation specifically of type 1 interferons coupled with the lack of significant systemic cytokine release results in a highly favorable safety profile that has potential uses in combination with checkpoint inhibitors and other therapeutic agents. In a phase 1 human clinical trial PDS Biotechnology’s lead Versamune®-based immunotherapy exhibited potent antigen-specific CD8+ T-cell induction with an average of over 20-fold increase in the blood circulation within 14 days of treatment. The strong T-cell induction also resulted in complete regression of lesions in the majority of treated cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) patients. The ability to induce high levels of CD8+ killer T-cells in vivo has resulted in potent synergy with checkpoint inhibitors in preclinical studies. Upcoming phase 2 clinical trials to confirm the unique synergy will also be presented.
About PDS Biotechnology
PDS Biotechnology is a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company developing multiple therapies based on the Company’s proprietary Versamune® T-cell activating technology platform. The Versamune® platform effectively delivers tumor-specific antigens for in-vivo uptake and processing, while also activating a critical immunological pathway, the type 1 interferon pathway, thus resulting in the production of potent tumor-specific killer T-cells. Using Versamune®, PDS Biotechnology is engineering therapies designed to better recognize cancer cells and break down their defense systems to effectively attack and destroy tumors. PDS Biotechnology’s pipeline combines the Versamune® technology with tumor-specific antigens across several cancer types. To learn more, please visit www.pdsbiotech.com or follow us on Twitter at @PDSBiotech.
PDS Biotechnology’s lead candidate, PDS0101, combines the utility of the Versamune® platform with targeted antigens in HPV-expressing cancers. In partnership with Merck and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), PDS Biotechnology is advancing PD0101 to Phase 2 studies in head and neck cancer and in HPV-related advanced cancer.
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