Genentech to pursue cancer vaccines | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 38 | p. 15 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 26, 2016

Genentech to pursue cancer vaccines

Department: Business
Keywords: oncology, cancer, vaccines

Genentech will pay the German biotech firm BioNTech $310 million in up-front and near-term milestone payments to develop messenger RNA-based individualized cancer vaccines. BioNTech uses next-generation sequencing to identify antigens present in an individual patient’s tumor. The firm then develops mRNA vaccines targeting those antigens. “Unlike any medicine we have ever developed, virtually all cancer patients may potentially benefit from a custom-built cancer vaccine,” says James Sabry, global head of Genentech Partnering.

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