HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - November 29, 2010) - Immunovaccine Inc. (TSX VENTURE: IMV) of Halifax, Canada, announced today that it has signed a collaborative research agreement with OncoTherapy Science Inc., of Kawasaki City, Japan, to explore the efficacy of their novel peptide cancer antigen in Immunovaccine's DepoVax™ vaccine delivery and enhancement platform.
Peptide antigens hold the promise of high efficacy and low toxicity. Yet the impact of peptides as an effective means for cancer treatment has been limited, mainly due to the low immunogenicity of peptides. OncoTherapy Science's novel cancer peptides have the potential to function as unique targets for the anti-angiogenic therapy of cancer. The advantage of developing a vaccine formulation using Immunovaccine's DepoVax™ delivery platform is its ability to generate a depot effect that enhances the immunogenicity of peptides in preclinical models.
"We are pleased to be collaborating with OncoTherapy Science and evaluating how our DepoVax™ technology may enhance the potential of these select peptide antigens to create a highly potent, highly specific vaccine candidate," remarked Dr. Marc Mansour, Vice President of R&D at Immunovaccine.
Immunovaccine's DepoVax™ platform is a lipid depot-based vaccine delivery and enhancement technology. This patented combination is a breakthrough in vaccine development because it raises unusually strong and long-lasting cellular or humoral immune responses. Immunovaccine is currently testing the safety and tolerability of DepoVax™ in a Phase I clinical trial with DPX-0907, a peptide-based therapeutic cancer vaccine targeting patients with breast, ovarian and prostate cancer.
Immunovaccine Inc. (TSX VENTURE: IMV), is a clinical stage vaccine development company focused on the commercialization of its patented DepoVax™ vaccine delivery technology. The Company continues to strengthen its vaccine pipeline, through licensing and strategic partnerships, to develop therapeutic cancer and infectious disease vaccines.
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