Two Distinct IDO Pathway Inhibitors in Clinical Development
AMES, Iowa & NEW YORK, Oct. 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NewLink Genetics Corporation (Nasdaq:NLNK), a biopharmaceutical company focused on bringing novel immuno-oncology therapies to patients with cancer, today shared its strategy for becoming a leading immuno-oncology company at the company’s 2016 meeting for analysts and investors in New York City.
The program focused on the science and increasing validation of the IDO pathway as a target for oncology drug candidates and NewLink Genetics’ clinical programs. A link to a replay of the webcast and the slides can be accessed in the events tab of the investor and media relations section of the company's website, http://investors.linkp.com/events.cfm.
"With data presentations from recent oncology medical meetings, there is a lot of excitement and promise in IDO as an important target. IDO pathway inhibitors are natural potential partners for combination treatments with other immuno-oncology checkpoint inhibitors and chemotherapies. We are excited to have two of the five IDO product candidates in clinical development now,” said Charles J. Link, Jr., M.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “One is indoximod, which is our proprietary IDO pathway inhibitor, and the other is GDC-0919, which is partnered with Genentech, a member of the Roche Group.”
Leaders in the field of immuno-oncology who presented at today’s meeting include: George C. Prendergast, PhD, President & CEO, Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (LIMR) and Editor in Chief, Cancer Research; David H. Munn, MD, Professor of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Medical College of Georgia Augusta University; Montaser Shaheen MD, Associate Professor, University of New Mexico Cancer Center; and Ashkan Emadi, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Maryland.
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Nicholas N. Vahanian, MD, Co-founder, President & Chief Medical Officer added, “We have built a strong management team, comprised of scientific, clinical and business leaders, with proven expertise in drug discovery and clinical development.”
Dr. Vahanian continued, “With the early clinical results in IDO inhibition from NewLink Genetics and our partner, Genentech, we are very well positioned to execute our strategy in taking these immuno-oncology clinical programs forward. Further, we have a strong balance sheet which supports the execution of our clinical plan.”
About NewLink Genetics Corporation
NewLink Genetics is a biopharmaceutical company at the forefront of discovering, developing and commercializing novel immuno-oncology product candidates to improve the lives of patients with cancer. NewLink Genetics' portfolio includes biologic and small molecule immunotherapy product candidates intended to treat a wide range of oncology indications. NewLink Genetics' product candidates are designed to harness multiple components of the immune system to combat cancer. For more information, please visit http://www.newlinkgenetics.com.
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Last updated on: 26/10/2016
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