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Immunomic Therapeutics and CoImmune Therapeutics Enter into Partnership to Manufacture ITI-1020, a Novel Experimental Cell Therapy for Glioblastoma

Friday, November 20, 2020

Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc., (“ITI”), a privately-held clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering the study of nucleic acid immunotherapy platforms, and CoImmune, Inc. (“CoImmune”), a privately held clinical-stage immuno-oncology company developing cell-based therapeutics to treat unmet medical needs in blood-borne and solid tumor indications, announced that the companies have entered into a license agreement for ITI to use CoImmune’s proprietary dendritic cell process for certain ITI cell therapy vaccine programs. The partnership highlights the oncology pipeline of ITI and CoImmune’s expertise and technology in the development and manufacture of cell-based therapeutics.

Under the terms of the license agreement that supports this partnership, ITI will employ CoImmune’s process for manufacturing and cGMP work for the advancement of ITI-1020, ITI’s autologous dendritic cell (DC) investigational vaccine loading with mRNA encoding LAMP: pp65 for the treatment of newly diagnosed glioblastoma (GBM). CoImmune is eligible to receive milestone payments from ITI upon the successful achievement of certain agreed-upon programmatic goals, including initiation of clinical studies and regulatory submissions. In addition, CoImmune will be eligible to receive royalty payments based upon net sales of ITI-1020, if the product were to be approved in the future.

“We are excited to work with CoImmune, an emerging leader in the development and manufacture of cell-based immunotherapies,” said Dr. Tim Coleman, Senior Vice President of Operations at Immunomic Therapeutics. “This agreement supports our immediate and long-term goals for developing and commercializing cancer immunotherapies designed from our investigational UNITE nucleic acid platform. We look forward to collaborating with CoImmune and harnessing their expertise in cell therapies to bring our innovative products to patients in need.”

“Our industry is experiencing an increase in the emergence of cell-based therapeutics based on encouraging clinical results to date. Our team at CoImmune has a great deal of expertise in developing and manufacturing these products to efficiently stimulate the immune system against cancer and we are excited to partner with ITI,” said Charles Nicolette, CEO of CoImmune. “By combining our team’s know-how with the unique approach to immune system stimulation by UNITE™, we believe ITI is well positioned to move into advanced clinical development, initially targeting GBM.”

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