Advaxis, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADXS), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of immunotherapy products, today announced a research collaboration agreement with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to conduct preclinical studies evaluating the Company’s Lm technology in mouse tumor models of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Specifically, the collaboration with Dr. Vaithi Arumugaswami’s group at UCLA’s Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology will investigate anti-tumor immunity and anti-tumor responses generated by Lm vaccines that express diverse glioblastoma neoantigens.
“We are excited that Dr. Arumugaswami and his colleagues at UCLA will investigate the potential of our Lm technology platform in GBM, one of the deadliest cancers,” said Andres Gutierrez, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Advaxis. “Contrary to other tumor types, GBM has not seen much success in targeting by immunotherapeutic agents due to a low tumor mutation burden, high tumor heterogeneity and presence of the blood brain barrier, among other factors. Hence, Dr. Arumugaswami’s characterization of the neoantigen landscape and immune responses to Lm- constructs may lead to the development of novel therapies with clinical activity in this elusive cancer.”
About Advaxis, Inc.
Advaxis, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of proprietary Lm-based antigen delivery products. These immunotherapies are based on a platform technology that utilizes live attenuated Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) bioengineered to secrete antigen/adjuvant fusion proteins. These Lm-based strains are believed to be a significant advancement in immunotherapy as they integrate multiple functions into a single immunotherapy and are designed to access and direct antigen presenting cells to stimulate anti-tumor T cell immunity, activate the immune system with the equivalent of multiple adjuvants, and simultaneously reduce tumor protection in the tumor microenvironment to enable T cells to eliminate tumors. Advaxis has three active programs in various stages of clinical development: ADXS-NEO, a personalized neoantigen-directed therapy designed, in principle, for any solid tumor; ADXS-503 for non-small cell lung cancer, from its ADXS-HOT off-the-shelf neoantigen-directed program and ADXS-PSA for prostate cancer.
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