Updates from Syncona and our portfolio companies
Autolus Therapeutics plc (Nasdaq: AUTL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation programmed T cell therapies, today announced changes to the company’s executive leadership team. Dr. Jim Faulkner, Senior Vice President, Head of Product Delivery; and Neil Bell, Senior Vice President, Head of Clinical Operations, will be departing Autolus. In conjunction with these changes, David Brochu has been named Senior Vice President, Head of Product Delivery, and Vishal Mehta has been named Vice President, Head of Clinical Operations.
Quell Therapeutics, a biotechnology company focused on developing engineered T regulatory (Treg) cell therapies, announces that it has been named by FierceBiotech as one of 2019’s Fierce 15 biotechnology companies, designating it as one of the most promising private biotechnology companies in the industry.
Freeline, a biotechnology company focused on developing curative gene therapies for chronic systemic diseases, today announced dosing of the first patient in its MARVEL1 study, a multi-centre Phase 1/2 clinical trial of its liver-directed AAV gene therapy for Fabry Disease.
Freeline, a biotechnology company focused on developing curative gene therapies for chronic systemic diseases, presented further follow-up data on FLT180a, its AAV gene therapy programme for Haemophilia B, for the first cohort of two patients at the Joint 10th BIC and the 3rd Inhibitor International Conferences (Italy), 6 – 8 September 2019.
Findings from Phase I CARPALL Trial Demonstrate that Autolus’ Novel CAR T Therapy, AUTO1, Induces Enhanced Anti-tumor Response Without Severe Cytokine Release Syndrome 86% molecular complete response rate after a single dose of AUTO1
London, 5 July, 2019 – Freeline, a biotechnology company focused on developing curative gene therapies for chronic systemic diseases, will present preclinical data on its gene therapy development candidate for Gaucher Disease at the European Working group on Gaucher Disease (EWGGD) in Auvergne, France, July 4-6 2019. The Freeline program FLT200 is a liver-directed Adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapy for the treatment of type 1 Gaucher Disease and is designed to increase levels of beta-glucocerebrosidase (GCase) in macrophages of Gaucher’s Disease patients.
─ Presented at Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Annual Meeting ─ Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging diagnostics company, today announced results from a retrospective, observational analysis evaluating the safety and effectiveness of 18F-fluciclovine in the detection of recurrent gliomas in adults, using data from multiple research sites. The primary aim was to determine the Positive Predictive Value (PPV) of 18F-fluciclovine PET to detect glioma in comparison to a histopathological truth standard. Results demonstrated that among the patients with recurrent glioma (n=17), 18F-fluciclovine PET demonstrated a PPV of 88.2%, a detection rate of 100% and sensitivity of 100%. No adverse events related to 18F-fluciclovine were reported in the study. 18F-fluciclovine is a synthetic amino acid labeled with the radioisotope F 18, enabling PET imaging which may help visualize the increased amino acid transport that occurs in malignant brain tumors such as glioma.
Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging diagnostics company, today announced results from early clinical experience in Germany with positron emission tomography (PET) (PET/CT or PET/MRI) imaging using a radiohybrid Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen-targeted compound (18F-rhPSMA-7). The presentations were made by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Ludwig-Maximilian-University (LMU), Munich. Blue Earth Diagnostics acquired exclusive rights to a broad family of rhPSMA agents in 2018. Presentations included early clinical experience with 18F-rhPSMA-7 PET in the detection of biochemical prostate cancer recurrence in patients after radical prostatectomy, after radiation therapy and in high risk primary prostate cancer patients. Additional presentations described the biodistribution profile of 18F-rh-PSMA-7, the initial clinical proof-of-concept evaluation, chemical labeling and GMP production of the radiohybrid compound, and dosimetry and biodistribution characteristics for 18F-rhPSMA-7 and one of its four isomers, 18F-rhPSMA-7.3. Results were presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Annual Meeting (SNMMI), from June 22 – 26, 2019 in Anaheim, Ca.
Freeline, a biotechnology company focused on developing curative gene therapies for chronic systemic diseases, today announces that Anne Prener has completed her strategic objective of bringing Freeline into the clinic with two programs and is stepping down as Chief Executive Officer. Under Anne’s leadership, the Company has made excellent progress, enrolling several cohorts of patients in a Phase 1/2 study for Haemophilia B and preparing to enroll patients in its Fabry program in the coming weeks.
Building a team of leading experts in the field of Regulatory T cell-based therapy and biology London, 13 June 2019 – Quell Therapeutics, a biotechnology company focused on developing engineered T regulatory (Treg) cell therapies, announces the appointment of Iain McGill, as Chief Executive. Iain is a leading pharmaceutical executive with extensive relevant experience having spent the majority of his 25 years in the industry in the area of solid organ and cell transplantation.