Updates from Syncona and our portfolio companies
Blue Earth Diagnostics, a leading molecular imaging diagnostics company, recently celebrated the company’s five year anniversary. During this time, Blue Earth Diagnostics has delivered five years of innovation and continued growth with a proven track record and depth of expertise in the rapid development and global commercialization of radiopharmaceuticals for cancer management. Blue Earth Diagnostics employs over 100 people in Europe and in the USA.
Autolus Therapeutics plc (Nasdaq: AUTL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation programmed T cell therapies, today announced a late-breaking poster presentation for its AUTO1 program at the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2019 to be held March 29 to April 3 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Syncona Ltd ("Syncona") announces a CHF 28 million (£21.4 million) commitment to Anaveon, a new immuno-oncology company, in a CHF 35 million (£26.8 million) Series A financing alongside the Novartis Venture Fund. Syncona will have a 47.0 per cent stake in the business.
Syncona Ltd, a leading healthcare company focused on founding, building and funding global leaders in life science, announces that its portfolio company, Gyroscope Therapeutics (Gyroscope), an ophthalmology company developing genetically defined therapies for retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), has commenced dosing in a Phase I/II trial in dry AMD.
Achilles Therapeutics (“Achilles”), a biopharmaceutical company developing personalised cancer immunotherapies, today announces the approval by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of its Clinical Trial Application (CTA) to conduct a Phase I/II study using clonal neoantigen targeting T cells (cNeT) in patients with metastatic or recurrent melanoma. The study is expected to enrol the first patient later in 2019.
Achilles Therapeutics (“Achilles”), a biopharmaceutical company developing personalised cancer immunotherapies, today announces the appointment of Dr Markus Dangl as Chief Scientific Officer (CSO).
Blue Earth Diagnostics, a leading molecular imaging diagnostics company, today announced that the first commercial production of Axumin® (fluciclovine (18F)) in Italy occurred recently, with the first Italian patients being dosed. Axumin is a novel molecular imaging agent approved in the European Union for use in PET imaging to detect and localize prostate cancer in men experiencing suspected recurrence based on elevated blood prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels after primary curative treatment.
Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging diagnostics company, today announced the upcoming presentation of additional analyses from the LOCATE clinical trial (NCT02680041). The LOCATE trial is a prospective, U.S., multicenter, open-label study investigating the impact of 18F fluciclovine PET/CT imaging on patient management of biochemically recurrent prostate cancer after initial prostate cancer treatment and negative or equivocal findings on standard-of-care imaging. The presentation will be made at the ASCO 2019 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (ASCO GU), from February 14-16, 2019 in San Francisco, Ca. Details of the presentation to be given by Blue Earth Diagnostics collaborators is listed below.
Freeline, a biotechnology company focused on developing curative gene therapy for chronic systemic diseases, today announces a new program for Gaucher Disease, an inherited metabolic disorder characterized by the progressive build-up of glucocerebroside in lysosomes throughout the body. Freeline is targeting Type 1 Gaucher Disease, the most common and non-neuronopathic form of the disease.
Achilles Therapeutics (“Achilles””), a biopharmaceutical company developing personalised cancer immunotherapies, today announces that its Clinical Trial Application (CTA) to conduct a Phase I/II study with its lead product, a tumour-derived T cell therapy targeting clonal neoantigens, in development for the treatment of advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), has been approved by the UK regulatory authority, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The study, an open-label, multi-centre Phase I/II trial evaluating the safety and clinical activity of clonal neoantigen T cells (cNeT) in patients with advanced NSCLC, is expected to enrol the first patient in 2H 2019.