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Najoua Borkadi

Business Development Associate Director, University of Michigan

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Albany A. Cordova Martins

Business Development Executive, Nature Publishing Group, Springer Nature

Icell Kealex Therapeutics is an oncology biotech startup based at JLABS at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. We are developing oncoloytic vaccinia viruses armed with T-cell-engaging antibody fragments that boost the virus’s antitumor efficacy. This modification in the virus allows the tumor cells that are not infected with the virus to be target by T-cells. Icell Kealex has a deep pipeline of T cell engager oncolytic vaccinia virus which offer an advantage over other oncolytic viruses. We plan to enter phase 1 trials with our lead product in 2018. We are looking for co-development or licensing partnerships
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Carmen Ramirez

Sales Account Executive, Springer Nature

ValiSeek Limited was formed as a Joint Venture single asset company in 2014 to progress cancer program VAL401 through early stage clinical trials to a stage attractive for out-licensing. ValiSeek is looking to initiate detailed licensing discussions prior to completion for co-development or out-licensing on a regional, global or disease specific basis to ensure a smooth continuation of their project VAL401.
Aposense, an Israeli publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company (TASE: APOS), is focused on a novel and powerful natural energy resource: the membrane dipole potential, a recently-discovered voltage, measurable in every leaflet of any phospholipid membrane. The dipole potential translates into an enormously strong electric field of up to 1 billion V/m (!), spanning ~30 Å, from membrane surface to membrane center. Excitingly, this electric potential, and its related internal membrane electric field (IMEF) have not been recruited to date for any medical application. Fascinated by the fact that every cell harbors its own discrete and strong powerhouse, Aposense developed rationally-designed molecular nano-motors (MNMs), being novel small-molecule chemical entities, capable of "energy mining" from the IMEF, and its translation into kinetic energy, for movement within the hydrophobic membrane core. Upon linkage to a cargo drug, this intra-mem¬brane movement of the MNMs can be utilized for energy-consuming tasks, such as enabling the delivery of siRNA into the cytoplasm, where they exert their pharmacological effects, e.g., gene silencing, or moving the drug into drug depot sites generated at the depths of the phospholipid membranes. In both scenarios, Aposense’s MNM are improving pivotal drug features.
TILT Biotherapeutics, founded in 2013, is a leading company globally working in the area of enabling tumor T-cell therapy with oncolytic viruses. The company’s patented technology is used to enhance tumor infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL), chimeric antigen receptor (CAR-T) and checkpoint inhibiting antibody therapy. TILT has secured almost 10M€ in funding and is now setting up phase I clinical trials, where its approach is further evaluated in cancer patients.