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VerImmune’s Novel technology platform enables redirection of pre-existing natural immunity towards fighting cancer
BALTIMORE (Originally Published via PRWEB) JANUARY 13, 2020
VerImmune Announces New Board, Advisors and Officers
VerImmune, a privately-owned immuno-oncology biotechnology company developing a first-in-class broad spectrum cancer therapy, known as “Anti-tumor Immune Redirection”, announced today that it has established its new Board of Directors, Board of Advisors and Officers.
VerImmune is developing a novel cancer therapy utilizing a proprietary virally-derived platform technology known as Anti-tumor Immune Redirectors (AIR). This technology redirects natural pre-existing immunity from past infections or childhood vaccines to fight cancer. This unique technology approach specifically targets solid tumor cells and causes them to appear as virally infected, resulting in a robust recall of memory immune responses against the cancer cells.
Given the ubiquitous nature of pre-existing responses to childhood vaccines and/or past-infections, AIR is applicable to the general cancer population. At the same time, the technology may serve as a customizable targeted immunotherapy. It is envisioned that clinicians would review a patient’s health history or vaccination record, in conjunction with possible companion diagnostics, to leverage the appropriate AIR product as a novel cancer treatment option that could be used as a monotherapy or in combination with other treatment modalities.
VerImmune is located in Baltimore, Maryland. Joining CEO and Scientific founder, Joshua Wang, Ph.D., and his scientific team, is a team of highly experienced drug development veterans who will form the management and advisory team. The group includes:
- Roger Pomerantz, MD, FCAP, Director (currently President, CEO and Chairman of ContraFect Inc.)
- Robert Silverman, MBA, Director (former CEO of mtm laboratories AG)
- John Troyer, Ph.D., Co-Founder and COO, VerImmune (former VP of Product Development at PharmAthene)
- Alain Rolland, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Business Advisor (currently COO at Emerald Health Pharmaceuticals)
- Solomon Langermann, Ph.D., Business and Scientific Advisor (currently Chief Scientific Officer of NextCure, Inc)
- Eric Richman, MBA, Business Advisor (currently Chairman of LabConnect and Director of Neubase, Zyversa and ADMA Biologics).
Located in Baltimore, Maryland, VerImmune is an Immuno-Oncology company developing a first-in-class cancer therapy based on Anti-tumor Immune Redirection. This strategy utilizes a proprietary tumor-specific, tumor type-agnostic, virus-inspired platform termed Anti-tumor Immune Redirectors (AIR) that redirects pre-existing pathogenic or childhood vaccine immune memory towards tumors. This unique mechanism of action allows differentiation within the competitive Immuno-Oncology market. Importantly, it potentially changes the treatment paradigm for many patients who have untreatable cancers due to limited options or resistance. The Company initially raised a seed round and demonstrated proof-of-concept in preclinical studies for its lead product candidate, VERI-101; it is planning to move VERI-101 to an IND in 2020.
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