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Are you following CAR-T and other immunotherapy research in Canada? BioCanRx has announced $11 million investment in 16 collaborative research projects in novel therapies to cure cancer, including funding to manufacture the first made-in-Canada CAR-T cells.

OTTAWA, ON – Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 10 a.m. ET – BioCanRx, and its partners, today announced funding for 16 collaborative research projects in novel therapies to cure cancer, including research aimed at developing clinical Chimeric Antigen Receptor modified T cell (CAR-T) manufacturing capabilities in Canada.

BioCanRx is investing in research projects advancing several innovative engineered T cell designs, which will further benefit from this infrastructure and capacity investment, and accelerate delivery of these novel concepts into clinical testing in Canada. This Canadian capacity development will pave the way to enable Canadian patients to access this new technology, and will give Canadian researchers the necessary resources to deliver on their innovations in CAR-T and other engineered T cell platforms. This CAR-T manufacturing initiative is unique in that the Canadian academic community recognized a gap and stepped up to drive Canadian solutions to meet grassroots efforts taking place in the U.S., China and Europe.

To help ensure CAR-T cell therapy is brought to patients safely and effectively, BioCanRx is funding a companion Clinical, Social, and Economic Impact project. It will review the existing base of knowledge and involve patient consultation to design a rigorous CAR-T clinical trial protocol ready to implement once the products are ready for a phase 1 clinical trial.

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