Cancer vaccine firm Oxford Vacmedix holds first meeting of Scientific Advisory Council

Leading international experts advise Oxford Vacmedix on development programme

Oxford, UK – 31st January 2019

Oxford Vacmedix UK Limited (OVM), the UK-based biopharma company focused on the development of cancer vaccines, announces today the first meeting of its Scientific Advisory Council. World-class experts gathered to guide the research and preclinical development programmes of the company and to give input on the planned Phase 1 clinical trials of the lead development candidates; OVM-100 in cervical cancer and OVM-200 for the treatment of solid tumours.

The Scientific Advisory Council met in Oxford on 17th January 2019 with the participation of:

  • Professor Sir Andrew McMichael, Emeritus Professor, former Professor of Molecular Medicine, and previously Director of the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford. He was a pioneer in T cell research and has particular expertise in the field of T cell responses to viral infections and in vaccine development.
  • Professor Xu Xiao-Ning is a leading immunologist who was previously at the Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford and then head of Novartis Vaccines in China. He is currently Chair of Human Immunology at Imperial College, London.
  • Dr Nicola Burgess-Brown, Head of the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) at Oxford and Principal Investigator in Biotechnology, responsible for the world class biotech research on soluble proteins, membrane proteins and epigenetics targets being led from the Oxford site.

Dr Wang-Jun Lee, Chairman and CEO of the Myongji Medical Foundation and Dr Baek-Seung Lee, Chief Technology Officer of Cancer ROP, the lead Series A investor in OVM also attended. The meeting focused on the manufacturing and preclinical development of the cancer vaccines and also the promising proof of concept research ongoing to test the potential synergies between the vaccines and immuno-oncology (IO) agents.

Spun out from the University of Oxford, OVM is commercialising the research led by Dr Shisong Jiang and developed in Oxford University’s Department of Oncology. The technology uses the novel, proprietary platform of recombinant overlapping peptides to design and develop therapeutic cancer vaccines and diagnostics with the potential for increased efficacy, lower costs, simpler regulatory pathways and synergy when used in combination with other IO agents.

Shisong Jiang, CSO and Founder of OVM, said:

“We are very pleased to have the input from such an experienced Scientific Advisory Council and to have the Advisors input to the research and development of our cancer vaccines. The expertise and experience brought by our new Advisors will be key to OVM’s cancer vaccines being progressed to important clinical milestones both to benefit patients and in the development of the company. We look forward to working with the Council to guide the development of our immunotherapy vaccines”.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
William Finch, CEO, Oxford Vacmedix
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About Oxford Vacmedix

Oxford Vacmedix UK Ltd, based on the Oxford Science Park, UK, is a bio-pharma company that utilizes the novel proprietary platform technology of recombinant overlapping peptides (ROPs) invented by Dr Shisong Jiang. ROPs have been validated as a technology to stimulate broad and strong T cell immunity therefore forming a good platform for cancer therapeutic vaccines and diagnostics. The company is a spinout of the University of Oxford and has extensive contacts and collaborations in China through Changzhou Bioscience that is using the ROP platform in both diagnostics and as adoptive cell therapy.

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About Cancer ROP Co., Ltd.

Cancer ROP is a molecular diagnostics company in South Korea, focused on genetic diagnosis. Cancer ROP’s genetic diagnosis is aimed at detecting genetic diseases occurring at all stages of human life. Cancer ROP has exclusively produced microarray (BAC DNA Chip) based on the genes obtained from the Korean Genome Projects and has launched NGS service using own clinical database. Cancer ROP was established in 2001 and was acquired by Myongji Hospital-led investment association in 2017.