PHILADELPHIA, May 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Iovance Biotherapeutics, a late-stage biotechnology company developing novel cancer immunotherapies based on tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) technology, has expanded its relationship with WuXi AppTec's Advanced Therapies Business Unit (WuXi ATU). WuXi will increase capacity for Iovance's innovaTIL-01 and innovaTIL-04 studies, which offer lifileucel and LN-145 for treatment of metastatic melanoma and recurrent, metastatic, or persistent cervical cancer, respectively.
"We are excited to continue our partnership with WuXi," said Maria Fardis, Ph.D., MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer of Iovance. "Being able to expand our relationship in order to broaden patient access to our treatments is very important to us. WuXi has been a strong partner in developing the Iovance TIL product and we look forward to further expansion of our ongoing relationship."
Felix Hsu, SVP and Global Head of WuXi Advanced Therapies, said, "We are pleased to expand our relationship and manufacturing partnership with Iovance, and look forward to helping to accelerate and expand their clinical trials where possible, so more patients get access to their treatments and the benefits they provide." WuXi manufactures TIL products for Iovance at its Commerce Center 3 facility, a 55,000-square-foot late phase and commercial manufacturing facility for cell therapies. It is one of three facilities in the Philadelphia Navy Yard supporting the development, manufacturing and quality control testing of cell and gene therapies.
Iovance Biotherapeutics intends to commercialize lifileucel, an autologous cell therapy product using TIL technology that amplifies the body's own immune response to eradicate solid tumors or attack blood cancers. The company is currently conducting the pivotal study innovaTIL-01 in patients with metastatic melanoma. In addition, the company's TIL therapies are being investigated for the treatment of patients with locally advanced, recurrent or metastatic cancers including cervical, head and neck, and non-small cell lung cancer. For more information, please visit www.iovance.com.
About WuXi AppTec
WuXi AppTec is a leading global pharmaceutical and medical device open-access capability and technology platform company with global operations. As an innovation-driven and customer-focused company, WuXi AppTec provides a broad and integrated portfolio of services to help our worldwide customers and partners shorten the discovery and development time and lower the cost of drug and medical device R&D through cost-effective and efficient solutions. With its industry-leading capabilities such as small molecule R&D and manufacturing, cell therapy and gene therapy R&D and manufacturing, and medical device testing, WuXi platform is enabling more than 3,500 innovative collaborators from more than 30 countries to bring innovative healthcare products to patients, and to fulfill WuXi's dream that "every drug can be made and every disease can be treated." Please visit: http://www.wuxiapptec.com
About WuXi Advanced Therapies (WuXi ATU)
The Advanced Therapies Business Unit of WuXi AppTec is a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) that is reducing the complexities of manufacturing by providing integrated platforms that enable cell and gene therapies to be developed, manufactured, and released faster and with greater predictability. Please visit www.advancedtherapies.com.
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