PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 27, 2020 (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 commencement of work under an Amended and Restated Material Transfer Agreement with Farmacore Biotechnology, experts in infectious diseases, to develop a novel tuberculosis (TB) immunotherapy based on Farmacore’s proprietary TB antigens and PDS Bio’s Versamune® platform technology. The prior Material Transfer Agreement under which preliminary work commenced was Amended and Restated in December 2019 due to promising early pre-clinical results and to progress this next phase of development.
In preliminary evaluations, Versamune® based product demonstrated highly promising in-vivo TB-specific T-cell induction. The collaboration will focus on evaluation and optimization of efficacy in in-vivo pre-clinical models. Under terms of the agreement, PDS Biotech will undertake product development and Farmacore will conduct studies to evaluate efficacy of the formulated product.
“Our goal for the collaboration is to explore the unique capabilities of our proprietary Versamune® technology to address critical unmet medical needs beyond oncology. The role of T-cells in the management of pathogen-induced diseases such as tuberculosis and influenza are well established, however, the development of vaccines and immunotherapies to address such diseases has been limited,” said Dr. Bedu-Addo, CEO of PDS Biotech. “Versamune® has demonstrated the ability to induce high levels of in-vivo disease specific CD8+ killer and CD4+ helper T-cells in humans without any significant side effects. We believe that there is an opportunity to leverage our Versamune® technology to overcome these major hurdles and develop effective immunotherapies to better manage and treat several deadly infectious diseases.”
Helena Faccioli Lopes, CEO of Farmacore added, “Farmacore focuses on developing immunotherapeutic products and vaccines for Infectious Diseases, specifically for Tuberculosis, where we have identified a great potential peptide-based vaccine. We believe that based on published data about Versamune® and our preliminary evaluation, the Versamune® platform technology is well-suited to effectively deliver the peptides to induce an immune response. We are very excited to have Versamune® available to support and potentially enhance our chances of success in the development of a new Tuberculosis vaccine.”
About PDS Biotechnology
PDS Biotech 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 Biotech is engineering therapies designed to better recognize cancer cells and break down their defense systems to effectively attack and destroy tumors. PDS Biotech’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.
Farmacore Biotechnology is a privately held animal and human health research company focused on carrying out research and development of products and process with therapeutic and biotechnological potential in the areas of infectious diseases and oncology. The Company also acts in services (analytical methods, preclinical tests, upstream and downstream development methods), technology transfer, protection of intellectual property, management of innovation projects and evaluation of technological feasibility. To learn more, please visit www.farmacore.com.br.
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