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DNA ImmunoBody Patent Granted in United States

Released 07:00 06-Jun-2014

RNS Number : 9796I
Scancell Holdings Plc
06 June 2014

06 June 2014



Scancell Holdings Plc


DNA ImmunoBody® Patent Granted in United States



Scancell Holdings plc ('Scancell' or the 'Company'), the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, is pleased to announce that a patent for its DNA ImmunoBody® technology has been granted in the United States.


The patent, number 8,742,088, has been granted by The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and covers Scancell's DNA ImmunoBody® platform technology. This patent is key for the protection of the Company's pipeline of ImmunoBody® vaccines and follows the grant of counterparts in Australia, China and Japan.


Scancell's protein ImmunoBody® patent has already been granted in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States.


Dr. Richard Goodfellow, Joint Chief Executive of Scancell, commented:


"We are delighted to have further strengthened our IP portfolio around our proprietary ImmunoBody® platform technology. The United States is a key market for us and this, alongside the recent positive results from the Phase 1/2 trial for our SCIB1 ImmunoBody® in melanoma, demonstrates the strong progress Scancell is making. We look forward to continuing development of our ImmunoBody® platform and advancing our SCIB1 clinical trial, bringing patients one step closer to a new treatment for melanoma."



For Further Information:


Dr Richard Goodfellow, Joint CEO

Professor Lindy Durrant, Joint CEO

Scancell Holdings Plc

Scancell Holdings Plc

+ 44 (0) 20 3727 1000

Camilla Hume/Stephen Keys

Cenkos Securities

+ 44 (0) 20 7397 8900

Mo Noonan/Simon Conway

FTI Consulting

+ 44 (0) 20 3727 1000



About Scancell


Scancell is developing novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer based on its ImmunoBody® and Moditope® technology platforms. Scancell's first ImmunoBody®, SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma and is being evaluated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial. Data from the trial demonstrate that SCIB1 has a marked effect on tumour load, produces a melanoma-specific immune response and highly encouraging survival trend without serious side effects.


Scancell's ImmunoBody® vaccines target dendritic cells and stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system; the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site; and the cytotoxic T-lymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.


Scancell has also identified and patented a series of modified epitopes that stimulate the production of killer CD4 T cells that destroy tumours without toxicity. The Directors believe that the Moditope® platform could play a major role in the development of safe and effective cancer immunotherapies in the future.


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