HOUSTON, Feb. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Marker Therapeutics, Inc. (MRKR), a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company specializing in the development of next-generation T cell-based immunotherapies for the treatment of hematological malignancies and solid tumor indications, today announced that Dr. Helen E. Heslop, Company co-founder and a founding member of Marker's Scientific Advisory Board, has been recognized with the ASBMT Lifetime Achievement Award at the Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASBMT and CIBMTR 2019. The ASBMT Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually and recognizes an individual who has made continuing contributions to the field of blood and marrow transplantation.
"We would like to congratulate Dr. Heslop on receiving this lifetime achievement award – one of the highest honors in the field – in recognition of her contribution to advancing the science in the field as a leading researcher and innovator in the adoptive T cell and immunotherapy community," commented Peter L. Hoang, President & CEO of Marker Therapeutics. "Over the course of her career, Dr. Heslop's discoveries have led to important advances for patients with a focus on improved outcomes with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and cancer therapy. We are extremely honored to have Dr. Heslop as an esteemed member of our SAB, where her expertise and guidance have been instrumental in shaping our clinical strategy as we advance our pipeline of novel T cell therapies."
Dr. Heslop, a trained physician-scientist, is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Methodist Hospital and Texas Children's Hospital. In addition, she is the Dan L Duncan Chair and the Associate Director of Clinical Research at the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center. Dr. Heslop is a key player in translational research focusing on adoptive T cell immunotherapy to improve hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and cancer therapy. She was also a Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Research Scientist and serves as the current President elect of the American Society for Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) and a past President of the Foundation for Accreditation of Cell Therapy (FACT) and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.
About Marker Therapeutics, Inc.
Marker Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company specializing in the development of next-generation T cell-based immunotherapies for the treatment of hematological malignancies and solid tumor indications. Marker's cell therapy technology is based on the selective expansion of non-engineered, tumor-specific T cells that recognize tumor associated antigens (i.e. tumor targets) and kill tumor cells expressing those targets. Once infused into patients, this population of T cells attacks multiple tumor targets and acts to activate the patient's immune system to produce broad spectrum anti-tumor activity. Because Marker does not genetically engineer its T cells, when compared to current engineered CAR-T and TCR-based approaches, its products (i) are significantly less expensive and easier to manufacture, (ii) appear to be markedly less toxic, and (iii) are associated with meaningful clinical benefit. As a result, Marker believes its portfolio of T cell therapies has a compelling therapeutic product profile, as compared to current gene-modified CAR-T and TCR-based therapies.
Marker is also advancing a number of innovative peptide- and gene-based immuno-therapeutics for the treatment of metastatic solid tumors, including the Folate Receptor Alpha program (TPIV200) for breast and ovarian cancers and the HER2/neu program (TPIV100/110) for breast cancer, currently in Phase II clinical trials. In parallel, we are developing a proprietary DNA expression technology named PolyStart™ that can enhance the ability of the immune system to recognize and destroy diseased cells.
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