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PPF expands its investment in the healthcare sector through acquisition of significant stake in T cell therapy company Autolus Therapeutics
PPF today announces the acquisition of a 19.2% stake in Autolus Therapeutics plc, a leader in next-generation T cell programming technologies. The shares were acquired in the market through NASDAQ.
Autolus Therapeutics plc (“Autolus”) is a leader in T cell programming technologies and is developing a pipeline of next generation T cell therapies targeting both hematological cancers and solid tumors. Focused on the development of precisely targeted, controlled and highly active CAR-T cell products, Autolus aims to provide T cell therapies with very favorable safety profile and enhanced clinical efficacy to better recognize cancer cells, break down their defense mechanisms, and attack and kill these cells. The lead program AUTO1 is expected to enter a pivotal phase II study in patients with adult relapsed or refractory acute B lymphocytic leukemia (“adult ALL”) later this year with an anticipated filing for marketing authorization in 2021.
SOTIO initiates first-in-human clinical trial with IL-15 superagonist SO-C101
SOTIO and Cytune Pharma, members of the PPF Group, announce today the first dosing of cancer patients with SO-C101, a superagonist fusion protein of interleukin IL-15. The phase I/Ib study (SC103) will evaluate the safety and preliminary efficacy of SO-C101 in patients with selected advanced/metastatic solid tumors.
SOTIO’s DCVAC/LuCa Significantly Improves Survival in Patients with Stage IV Non-small Cell Lung Cancer
SOTIO, a biotechnology company owned by the PPF Group, presented new statistically and clinically significant results from its Phase I/II clinical trial evaluating DCVAC/LuCa, an active cellular immunotherapy product, in patients with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer. The final analysis of the data confirmed the promising clinical efficacy of DCVAC/LuCa. SLU01 clinical trial results were presented by the principal investigator Libor Havel, MD, from Thomayer University Hospital in Prague (Czech Republic) at the 2019 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago today.