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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Company News: ISA Pharmaceuticals signs R&D agreement with Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories

-  Experiments to evaluate a novel nasal cervical cancer immunotherapeutic

ISA Pharmaceuticals B.V., a clinical-stage immunotherapy company focusing on rationally designed immunotherapeutics against cancer and persistent viral infections, today announced that its fully-owned subsidiary ISA Therapeutics B.V. has closed an R&D agreement with Japan-based Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories, Ltd. (SNBL) to explore a novel nasal delivery for ISA’s cervical cancer immunotherapeutic. In the experiments, ISA Pharmaceuticals’ proprietary Synthetic Long Peptide (SLP®) immunotherapeutic ISA101 will be administered via SNBL’s novel nasal drug delivery technology. SNBL´s patent-protected approach is designed to significantly enhance the absorption of powder-based nasal drugs from the nasal mucosa.

Both parties expect to obtain basic research data on a potential antigen-specific immune response.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Company News: ISA Pharmaceuticals Announces Start of First Phase I/II Clinical Trial of its SLP®-AMPLIVANT® Conjugates

Leiden University Medical Center to study novel immunotherapeutic in HPV-positive head & neck cancer patients

ISA Pharmaceuticals B.V., a clinical-stage immunotherapy company focusing on rationally designed immunotherapeutics against cancer and persistent viral infections, has announced the start of an investigator-initiated Phase I/II clinical trial of a novel immunotherapeutic based on ISA Pharmaceuticals´ platform technology. The trial will be conducted by the Department of Clinical Oncology at Leiden University Medical Center in The Netherlands. The study will investigate the biological activity and safety of the compound in head and neck cancer patients who tested positive for human papilloma virus type 16 (HPV16). HPV infections, in particular HPV16, are one of the major causes of this type of cancer. The immunotherapeutic is a conjugate of two HPV16 E6 Synthetic Long Peptides (SLP®s) covalently linked to AMPLIVANT®, a synthetic Toll-like receptor (TLR) 1/2 ligand. The investigators have assigned the acronym HESPECTA to the conjugate (HPV E-Six Peptide Conjugated To AMPLIVANT®).