PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Advaxis, Inc., (OTCBB: ADXS), a leader in developing the next generation of immunotherapies for cancer and infectious diseases, has exclusively licensed the use of antigen ISG15 in Advaxis’ Lm-LLO based immunotherapies from the University of Pennsylvania. This intellectual property resulted from research conducted in Dr. Yvonne Paterson’s laboratory that demonstrated ISG15 was an effective immunological target for the treatment of breast cancer in animal models.
"Targeting ISG15 may represent a therapeutic approach suitable for a population of patients with advanced breast cancer for whom few approved treatments currently exist. The research conducted by Dr. Paterson and colleagues, as well as research conducted at other institutions, suggests that this antigen may have utility in treating other tumor types as well. ISG15 is Advaxis’ first proprietary antigen," said Dr. John Rothman, Executive Vice President, Science & Operations.
About Antigen ISG15
ISG15 is a novel protein associated with numerous cancers. Recently published data demonstrate that Advaxis’ Lm-LLO immunotherapy reduced primary and metastatic breast tumors in an animal model when directed against ISG15. “The Ubiquitin-like Protein, ISG15, is a Novel Tumor-Associated Antigen for Cancer Immunotherapy,” (Wood, LM, Pan, ZK, Seavey, MM, Muthukumaran, G, and Paterson, Y. 2011, Cancer Immunol Immunother).
About Advaxis, Inc.
Advaxis is a biotechnology company developing the next generation of immunotherapies for cancer and infectious diseases. Advaxis immunotherapies are based on a novel platform technology using live attenuated Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) that are bio-engineered to secrete an antigen/adjuvant fusion protein that redirects the powerful immune response all human beings have to Lm to the cancer itself.
ADXS-HPV, Advaxis’ first construct to reach the clinic is being evaluated in 4 Phase 2 clinical trials for HPV-associated diseases (CIN 2/3, cervical cancer, and head & neck cancer) with over 130 patients dosed to date. Over fifteen (15) distinct constructs are in various stages of development, either developed directly by the Company and through strategic collaborations with recognized centers of excellence such as: the National Cancer Institute, Cancer Research – UK, the Wistar Institute, and the University of Pennsylvania, among others. For more information please visit: advaxis.com | Facebook | twitter | LinkedIn
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