Heat Biologics and its Pelican Therapeutics Subsidiary Appoint Two New Members to their Scientific Advisory Boards
DURHAM, NC / ACCESSWIRE / October 23, 2017 / Heat Biologics, Inc. ("Heat") (NASDAQ: HTBX), along with its subsidiary, Pelican Therapeutics ("Pelican") have appointed two new members to each of their scientific advisory boards. Joining the boards are Robert B. Levy, Ph.D., Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, Ophthalmology and Medicine; and Robert Negrin, M.D., Division Chief of Blood and Marrow Transplantation at Stanford University.
"We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Levy and Dr. Negrin to our Scientific Advisory Board. These appointments enable us to collaborate with two world-renown experts who are aligned with our immunotherapeutic focus and anticipated clinical programs," said Jeff Wolf, CEO of Heat.
Dr. Levy serves as Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, as well as Ophthalmology and Medicine at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami. His research has been focused on developing approaches to facilitate the success of bone marrow cell transplants. His laboratory has generated a novel regulatory T-cell modulation strategy via concomitant stimulation of both the TNFRFS25 and IL-2 receptors.
Dr. Negrin is a Professor of Medicine and the Division Chief of Blood and Marrow Transplantation at Stanford University. His research focuses on cellular immunology, evaluating the clinical utility of expanded cytotoxic cells for immunotherapy. Dr. Negrin's lab is also focused on developing a more fundamental understanding of complex biological reactions, such as graft-versus-host disease and graft-versus-tumor reactions in animal models and in clinic.
About Heat Biologics
Heat Biologics is a biopharmaceutical company developing immunotherapies designed to activate a patient's immune system against cancer using of CD8+ "Killer" T-cells. Our T-Cell Activation Platform (TCAP) produces therapies designed to turn "cold" tumors "hot" and be administered in combination with checkpoint inhibitor therapies and other immuno-modulators to increase their effectiveness. We are currently enrolling patients in our Phase 2 clinical trial for non-small cell lung cancer, in combination with Bristol-Myers Squibb's nivolumab (Opdivo®). We also have numerous pre-clinical programs at various stages of development. For more information, please visit www.heatbio.com.
About Pelican Therapeutics
Pelican Therapeutics ("Pelican"), a subsidiary of Heat Biologics, is focused on the development of monoclonal antibody and fusion protein-based therapies designed to activate the immune system. PTX-35 targets the T-cell co-stimulator, TNFRSF25, and is designed to harness natural immune mechanisms that may reprogram tumor immunity. When combined with immunotherapies, including Heat's T-cell Activation Platform (TCAP), PTX-35 may have the ability to boost antigen-specific T-cells and eliminate tumor cells in patients. PTX-15, Pelican's second product candidate, is a human TL1A-lg fusion protein that mimics the natural ligand of TNFRSF25, and is designed to modulate T-cells that control the regulatory arm of the immune system.
In June 2016, Pelican was awarded a $15.2 million Cancer Prevention Institute of Texas (CPRIT) grant to support further development of PTX-35 and fund a Phase 1 clinical trial to examine potential benefits to patients with several types of cancers, such as lung, lymphoma, prostate, pancreatic and ovarian.
Forward Looking Statements
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Released October 23, 2017