OncBioMune Announces Agreement with CATO BioVentures as a Strategic Investor in Support of CD71-Targeted Therapy for Refractory Cancers
May 1, 2019
BATON ROUGE, La., May 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OncBioMune Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB:OBMP) ("OncBioMune" or the "Company"), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of a proprietary therapeutic cancer vaccine immunotherapy and targeted cancer therapy, is pleased to announce that it has received a letter of interest from CATO BioVentures, the venture capital affiliate of Cato Holding, a privately held family fund. This agreement is in support of the development plan of OncBioMune’s patented CD71-targeted chemotherapy combining paclitaxel, gallium, and transferrin, otherwise known as “PGT.”
PGT is designed to deliver the chemotherapeutic agent paclitaxel to cancer cells over-expressing the transferrin receptor (aka CD71). Paclitaxel is currently FDA-approved in two forms: as solvent-based paclitaxel (sb-paclitaxel, Taxol®) and protein-based paclitaxel (nab-paclitaxel, ABRAXANE®). PGT binds paclitaxel to the human protein transferrin as opposed to albumin, which is employed in nab-paclitaxel. This creates the potential to target the paclitaxel to CD71, which has been shown to be over-expressed on many different cancer types. Additionally, PGT takes advantage of the fact that the transferrin protein has binding sites for iron that can bind a different metal ion, gallium, which has anti-cancer activity. In theory, this creates a novel protein drug complex which has the capacity to deliver two, non-cross resistant cancer therapeutics in a targeted fashion. “We are excited that CATO BioVentures has a belief in our science that would motivate them to become a strategic investor in OncBioMune. We are hopeful that this show of support from such a high quality provider will act as a catalyst to assist us in additional favorable fundraising activities,” commented Dr. Brian Barnett, Chief Executive Officer at OncBioMune. “It has already been a pleasure working with the team of the CATO Research CRO arm as we start the process of putting together a clinical development plan for our proprietary therapy, PGT, and strive toward the goal of getting PGT accessible to patients with refractory cancers that represents a large area of unmet medical need.”
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OncBioMune Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of novel cancer immunotherapy products, based on their proprietary therapeutic cancer vaccine technology designed to stimulate the immune system to attack tumor cells without damaging healthy tissue. Our lead pipeline product, ProscaVax™, has successfully completed enrollment and vaccination of the prostate cancer patients and is collecting long-term follow-up results for the 1a portion of their Phase 1a/1b clinical trial. Due to the impressive results and proven safety profile of ProscaVax™, OncBioMune is forgoing the 1b portion of the trial to advance ProscaVax™ into Phase 2 clinical trials A Phase 2 clinical trial is scheduled to commence at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center a Harvard University teaching hospital evaluating ProscaVax as a front-line therapy in prostate cancer patients in the “active surveillance” category, representing the first mid-stage trial of an immunotherapeutic vaccine in this patient population. OncBioMune is headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA. Forward-Looking Statements
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