NEW YORK, November 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
According to a reportby Grand View Research (GVR), the global biotechnology market is expected to reach USD 727.1 billion by 2025. Major technological advancements in segments such as regenerative medicine and genetics in diagnostics are important
"Rising incidence of oncology diseases is anticipated to drive the demand for next-generation cancer diagnostic tests. These tests are expected to facilitate early diagnosis and enable efficient prognosis of various forms of cancer, which in turn, is expected to positively influence progress of this vertical over the forecast period. Development and introduction of product offerings by a number of large entities is a significant factor expected to provide lucrative growth avenues to this market, active participation of global organizations, such as National Cancer Institute, Cancer Research Institute, National Foundation for Cancer Research, and Cancer Research UK, are supportive of the projected sector progress," GVR reports.
Regen BioPharma, Inc. (OTCQB: RGBP) announced breaking news after the market close that it has, "commenced a program to identify small molecules that inhibit the NR2F6 nuclear receptor. The NR2F6 nuclear receptor has been identified as a potentially very important immune cell inhibitor (an immune checkpoint) and cancer stem cell differentiator. Regen BioPharma believes that by inhibiting the NR2F6 nuclear receptor, one can unleash the cancer-killing potential of a patient's own immune system. Regen is also engaged in the identification of small molecules which activate the NR2F6 nuclear receptor that can be utilized to develop small molecule therapies for autoimmune disorders."
"The rationale for activating the NR2F6 nuclear receptor (also known as a checkpoint) is straightforward - if inhibiting the checkpoint activates the immune system and thus helps kill cancer cells, then conversely, activating the checkpoint should suppress the immune system and thus be useful in diseases where the immune system is over-activated, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, colitis and many other autoimmune diseases," says David Koos, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO of Regen. "Our program stands out because we are working with small molecules delivered in pill form. Other biotechnology companies are focused on antibodies that have much more cumbersome delivery methods (hospital stays with IV injections, etc.). The benefits of small molecules are many, including cost of manufacturing, flexibility in dosing and routes of administration, potential control of toxicity and intellectual property protection."
Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDRA) is a clinical-stage patient-focused biopharmaceutical company developing novel nucleic acid therapeutic approaches for the treatment of certain cancers and rare diseases. Recently, the company announced updated translational data from the ongoing Phase 1/2 study of intratumoral IMO-2125 in combination with ipilimumab for the treatment of anti-PD-1 refractory metastatic melanoma. IMO-2125 is a toll-like receptor (TLR) 9 agonist that received orphan drug designation from the FDA in 2017 for the treatment of melanoma Stages IIb to IV. It signals the immune system to create and activate cancer-fighting cells (T-cells) to target solid tumors in refractory melanoma patients. Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: INO) is taking immunotherapy to the next level in the fight against cancer and infectious diseases. Recently, the company announced that two of its cancer immunotherapies demonstrated antigen-specific T-cell stimulation in phase 1 studies. INO-3112 (now called MEDI0457), an investigational T-cell activation immunotherapy that targets cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 and 18 and licensed to MedImmune, the global Research and Development arm of AstraZeneca, also led to a head and neck cancer patient's complete response when matched with a PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor. In addition, INO-1400, Inovio's investigational cancer immunotherapy targeting hTERT, which is over-expressed in a majority of cancers, generated hTERT-specific IFN-? secreting T cells, suggesting an ability to break immune tolerance. OncoMed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: OMED) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel anti-cancer therapeutics. OncoMed has internally discovered a broad pipeline of investigational drugs intended to address the fundamental biology driving cancer's growth, resistance, recurrence and metastasis. On November 02, 2017, the company announced third quarter financial results. As of September 30, 2017, cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $113.6 million. In September, OncoMed dosed the first patient in a Phase 1a single agent study of its wholly-owned GITRL-Fc in patients with advanced or metastatic solid tumors. GITRL-Fc is a fusion protein with an Fc-linked fully human trimer ligand and is designed to activate the co-stimulatory receptor GITR (glucocorticoid-induced tumor necrosis factor receptor) to enhance T-cell modulated immune responses. The Phase 1a study is designed to assess safety and tolerability of escalating doses. ImmunoGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMGN) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that develops targeted cancer therapeutics using its proprietary ADC technology. The Company's lead product candidate, mirvetuximab soravtansine, is in a Phase 3 trial for FR?-positive platinum-resistant ovarian cancer, and is in a Phase 1b/2 trial in combination regimens for earlier-stage disease. On November 3, 2017, the company reviewed recent highlights and reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017. Investigational new drug (IND) application activated to support clinical testing with IMGN632, a CD123-targeting ADC integrating a potent DNA-alkylating payload intended to treat a range of hematological malignancies, including acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN). Revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 were $8.5 million, compared to $7.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.
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