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Progression in cancer immunotherapy has been rapid with a number of products currently available and many others in late stage clinical development. However, clinical response to immunotherapies is variable and dependent on cancer types as well as specific characteristics or genetic mutations within a patient’s individual tumor. There is a need for tumor-specific therapies with applicability to a range of cancer types.
The Facciabene lab at the University of Pennsylvania has developed a technology that uses Tumor Associated Mitochondria Antigens (TAMAs) extracted from the tumor as a cancer vaccine. The technology involves pulsing dendritic cells with TAMAs.
In an in vivo model of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) the vaccine elicits a cytotoxic T-cell response and provides long-term protection from tumor progression when used either prophylactically or therapeutically.
The Facciabene lab has established that TAMAs can produce an effective anti-tumor immune response in RCC. Future work will validate the data in human RCC and investigate additional cancer types and combinations with other immunotherapies.
Andrea Facciabene, PhD
Stage of Development:
PCT Pending WO2016014613
Docket # 14-7082
Immuno-oncology, immunotherapy, cancer vaccine, mitochondria