SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Batu Biologics, committed to advancement of its clinical stage cancer immunotherapeutic, ValloVax™, announced today the appointment of Dr. Francesco Marincola as the Chairman of the Company’s Clinical Advisory Board.
Dr. Marincola has pioneered research in tumor immunology by developing strategies for studying tumor-host interactions in the context of human genetic polymorphism and cancer heterogeneity. During his tenure as a Senior Staff Scientist with the NCI Surgery Branch, Dr. Marincola investigated the identification of the algorithm responsible for tumor rejection by immune cells particularly in the context of metastatic melanoma. Specifically, the focus of his research is the optimization of strategies to study clinical material during the conduct of clinical trials. Dr. Marincola is author of over 500 peer reviewed papers and is considered one of the world’s top experts in tumor immunotherapy.
“It is my honor to welcome Dr. Marincola to Chair our Clinical Advisory Board. Having previously worked and published with Dr. Marincola, I am very excited about collaborating in advancing our cancer immunotherapeutic that selectively kills tumor blood vessels,” said Samuel Wagner, President and CEO of Batu Biologics.
Batu Biologics has obtained FDA clearance to initiate clinical trials of its ValloVax product which has been published to induce immune responses to what is believed to be the “Achilles Heel” of cancer: its blood supply.
“Despite the great progress that has occurred in the field of immuno-oncology, many patients still do not respond to approaches such as checkpoint inhibitors,” said Dr. Marincola. “I am enthusiastic about leading the scientific direction of the Company as it seeks to develop a totally new approach to cancer immunotherapy.”