PENNINGTON, N.J. and SAN DIEGO, Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- OncoSec Medical Inc. (NASDAQ:ONCS) (the "Company" or "OncoSec"), a company developing late- stage intratumoral cancer immunotherapies, today announced the issuance of a new patent covering its interleukin-12 (IL-12) based immunotherapy platform, including its lead product candidate TAVO™. Specifically, on October 6, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 10,792,375, entitled Method for the Treatment of Malignancies, which covers the Company's interleukin-12 (IL-12) based immunotherapy platform, including its lead product candidate TAVO™, and its proprietary EP gene delivery system. This patent covers the use of intratumoral electroporation of DNA encoding interleukins (such as IL-12) to treat cancer and is significant because it is not specific to which type of immune-stimulatory interleukin can be used to treat a patient, nor is it limited to a particular type of cancer.
"This new patent further strengthens our core intellectual property estate, broadening the exclusivity of OncoSec's novel combination drug-device platform for the intratumoral delivery of immune-stimulatory interleukins," said Keir Loiacono, General Counsel and Vice President, Corporate Development at OncoSec. "The new IP serves to secure our competitive position in the intratumoral oncology space and builds on our patent portfolio of growing scope."
About OncoSec Medical Incorporated
OncoSec Medical Incorporated (the "Company," "OncoSec," "we" or "our") is a late-stage biotechnology company focused on developing cytokine-based intratumoral immunotherapies to stimulate the body's immune system to target and attack cancer. OncoSec's lead immunotherapy investigational product candidate – TAVO™ (tavokinogene telseplasmid) – enables the intratumoral delivery of DNA-based interleukin-12 (IL-12), a naturally occurring protein with immune-stimulating functions. The technology, which employs electroporation, is designed to produce a controlled, localized expression of IL-12 in the tumor microenvironment, enabling the immune system to target and attack tumors throughout the body. OncoSec has built a deep and diverse clinical pipeline utilizing TAVO™ as a potential treatment for multiple cancer indications either as a monotherapy or in combination with leading checkpoint inhibitors; with the latter potentially enabling OncoSec to address a great unmet medical need in oncology: anti-PD-1 non-responders. Results from recently completed clinical studies of TAVO™ have demonstrated a local immune response, and subsequently, a systemic effect as either a monotherapy or combination treatment approach along with an acceptable safety profile, warranting further development. In addition to TAVO™, OncoSec is identifying and developing new DNA-encoded therapeutic candidates and tumor indications for use with its new Visceral Lesion Applicator (VLA), to target deep visceral lesions, such as liver, lung or pancreatic lesions. For more information, please visit www.oncosec.com.
TAVO™ is a trademark of OncoSec Medical Incorporated.
Risk Factors and Forward-Looking Statements
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