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Agenus is a Lexington, Massachusetts-based biotechnology company focused on immunotherapy including immuno-oncology, a field that uses the power of the immune system to control or cure cancer. The company is developing checkpoint modulators , patient-specific anti-cancer vaccines, and adjuvants that can be used with a range of vaccines. CPM development is a particularly fast-moving field, since early products have produced unprecedented clinical benefits for patients. In light of the advances made, Science magazine hailed cancer immunotherapy as its 2013 Breakthrough of the Year. Wikipedia.

Waight J.D.,EMD Serono, Inc. | Takai S.,Ono Pharmaceutical Co. | Marelli B.,EMD Serono, Inc. | Qin G.,EMD Serono, Inc. | And 9 more authors.
Journal of Immunology | Year: 2015

CD4+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) are critical for maintaining self-tolerance and function to prevent autoimmune disease. High densities of intratumoral Tregs are generally associated with poor patient prognosis, a correlation attributed to their broad immune-suppressive features. Two major populations of Tregs have been defined, thymically derived natural Tregs (nTregs) and peripherally induced Tregs (iTregs). However, the relative contribution of nTregs versus iTregs to the intratumoral Treg compartment remains controversial. Demarcating the proportion of nTregs versus iTregs has important implications in the design of therapeutic strategies to overcome their antagonistic effects on antitumor immune responses. We used epigenetic, phenotypic, and functional parameters to evaluate the composition of nTregs versus iTregs isolated from mouse tumor models and primary human tumors. Our findings failed to find evidence for extensive intratumoral iTreg induction. Rather, we identified a population of Foxp3-stable nTregs in tumors from mice and humans. Copyright © 2015 by The American Association of Immunologists, Inc. Source


Agenus | Date: 2016-04-26

pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical agents, namely, vaccines, immunotherapeutics, and other therapeutic agents, for the prevention and treatment of human diseases, namely, cancers, autoimmune disorders, infectious disease, transplant rejection, and inflammatory disease.


Agenus | Date: 2016-04-26

pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical agents, namely, vaccines, immunotherapeutics, and other therapeutic agents, for the prevention and treatment of human diseases, namely, cancers, autoimmune disorders, infectious disease, transplant rejection, and inflammatory disease.

News Article | September 9, 2015
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September 9, 2015By Alex Keown , BioSpace.com Breaking News StaffLEXINGTON, Mass.-- Agenus Inc. AGEN ) has mortgaged revenue from some of its vaccines in exchange for $115 million in funding to advance its immuno-oncology programs, the company announced today.The funds were part of a non-dilutive royalty transaction led by. According to the financing terms, in return for $100 million,will receive 100 percent of’ QS-21 royalties on sales combined with GlaxoSmithKline GSK )’s shingles (HZ/su) and malaria (RTS,S) vaccine products. At its option,will receive an additional $15 million in cash if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves of HZ/su. In order to receive the additional funding, themust not approve the drug later than June 30, 2018. Also at its option,has the right to buy back the loan at any time under pre-specified terms.“This is an innovative financing structure that strengthens’ balance sheet considerably. With these additional funds we are well positioned to advance our robust pipeline,”’ chief financial officer, said in a statement.The funding includes an annual interest rate of 13.5 percent. Principal and interest payments will only be made from the royalties paid byon the HZ/su and RTS,S vaccines, the company said. If and when all principal and interest on the notes have been repaid, 100 percent of the remainingroyalty payments will revert back to“This financing allows us to monetize a significant share of the value of our QS-21 platform while allowing us to retain any upside remaining after the loan terms are satisfied. This transaction will provide non-dilutive funding towards executing on our strategic and operational goals,”, chairman and chief executive officer ofsaid in a statement.As of June 30, 2015,reported $139.6 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments.’ stock was down this morning, hitting a low of $6.88 per share. The stock opened at $7.33 per share.In July,spent $44 million to acquire antibodies targeting Carcinoembryonic Antigen Cell Adhesion Molecule 1 (CEACAM1), a glycoprotein expressed on T cell and NK cell lymphocytes from, an Italian biotech company. CEACAM1 is overexpressed in melanoma, bladder, lung, colon, pancreas, and gastric cancers and has been shown to modulate innate and adaptive immune suppression in preclinical studies. Antibodies targeting CEACAM1 are thought to have the potential to effectively treat cancer alone or in combination with other checkpoint modulator antibodies, including those in Agenus’ development pipeline.

News Article | April 23, 2015
Site: www.businesswire.com

LEXINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Agenus Inc. (NASDAQ:AGEN), an immunotherapy company developing immune-oncology checkpoint modulators (CPMs) and heat shock protein peptide-based vaccines as well as immune adjuvants, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. “We began the year by establishing a strategic alliance with Incyte, focused on the development of novel cancer treatments targeting immune checkpoints. During the quarter, we also advanced our internal and partnered antibody programs,” said Garo H. Armen, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO of Agenus. “Our recent acquisition of Celexion’s SECANT® yeast display antibody platform and related assets expands our antibody discovery platform and, together with our mammalian Retrocyte Display™ platform, provides a uniquely powerful means to maximize speed and flexibility in antibody generation and optimization. Finally, we look forward to filing INDs on two CPMs by the end of this year, and to progressing our immune-oncology alliance with Merck, while also exploring other potential corporate alliances.” The Company’s cash burn (cash provided by operating activities excluding up-front fees received and contingent purchase price payments) for the first quarter of 2015 was $10.7 million compared to $10.1 million for the same period in 2014. For the first quarter ended March 31, 2015, Agenus reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders of $18.7 million, or $0.28 per share, basic and diluted, compared with a net loss attributable to common stockholders for the first quarter of 2014 of $409,000, or $0.01 per share, basic and diluted. The increase in net loss attributable to common stockholders for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, compared to the net loss attributable to common stockholders for the same period in 2014, was primarily due to non-cash, fair value adjustments of our contingent liabilities in 2015 and non-cash, non-operating income during the quarter ended March 31, 2014 . Cash and cash equivalents were $79.3 million as of March 31, 2015. Agenus executives will host a conference call at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time today. To access the live call, dial 866-233-4585 (U.S.) or 416-640-5946 (international). The call will also be webcast and will be accessible from the company’s website at www.agenusbio.com/webcast/. A replay will be available on the company’s website approximately two hours after the call and will remain available for 60 days. The replay number is 866-245-6755 (U.S.) or 416-915-1035 (international), and the access code is 601129. The replay will also be available on the company’s website approximately two hours after the live call. Agenus will be hosting a Research and Development Day on May 14th in New York City at 4:30pm. The Company intends to provide the financial community with a detailed update on our internal and partnered R&D efforts, as well as on major advances, challenges and opportunities around the development of immuno-oncology therapies focused on checkpoint modulators. Guest presenters will include Charles Drake, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Director at the Prostate Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic and Associate Professor of Oncology, Urology, and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Orin Bloch, M.D., Khatib Professor of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The event will also be webcast live and will be accessible from the company’s website at www.agenusbio.com/webcast/. Agenus is an immunology company developing a series of Checkpoint Modulators for the treatment of patients with cancer, infectious diseases, and other immune disorders, heat shock protein (HSP)-based vaccines, and immune adjuvants. These programs are supported by three separate technology platforms. Agenus’ internal and partnered checkpoint modulator programs target GITR, OX40, CTLA-4, LAG-3, TIM-3, PD-1 and other undisclosed programs. The company’s proprietary discovery engine Retrocyte DisplayTM is used to generate fully human and humanized therapeutic antibody drug candidates. The Retrocyte Display platform uses a high-throughput approach incorporating IgG format human antibody libraries expressed in mammalian B-lineage cells. Agenus recently acquired a powerful yeast antibody display platform termed SECANT, developed by Celexion. SECANT allows rapid generation of soluble, full-length human antibodies. SECANT and Agenus’ mammalian antibody display platform have complementary strengths and further bolster Agenus' abilities to generate and optimize fully human monoclonal antibodies. Agenus’ heat shock protein-based vaccines have completed Phase 2 studies in newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme, and in the treatment of herpes simplex viral infection; the heat shock protein-based vaccine platform can generate personalized as well as off the shelf products. The company’s QS-21 Stimulon® adjuvant platform is extensively partnered with GlaxoSmithKline and with Janssen Sciences Ireland UC and includes several candidates in Phase 2 trials, as well as shingles and malaria vaccines which have successfully completed Phase 3 clinical trials. For more information, please visit www.agenusbio.com, or connect with the company on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+; information that may be important to investors will be routinely posted in these locations. This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the federal securities laws, including statements regarding the Company’s research and development and clinical trial activities, potential revenue streams, potential regulatory approvals, the potential application of the Company’s technologies and product candidates in the prevention and treatment of diseases, plans to execute on the Company’s alliances with existing partners and potentially enter into new alliances, the expected timing for filing IND applications for CPM antibody candidates, the submission and publication of data in peer-reviewed journals and presentations of data at scientific conferences. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, the factors described under the Risk Factors section of our most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Agenus cautions investors not to place considerable reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this release. These statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and Agenus undertakes no obligation to update or revise the statements, other than to the extent required by law. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.

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