Calidi Biotherapeutics Announces Appointment of W.K. Alfred Yung, M.D., to its Medical Advisory Board
LA JOLLA, Calif.--Calidi Biotherapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company that is pioneering the development of stem cell-based delivery of oncolytic viruses, today announced the appointment of W.K. Alfred Yung, M.D., Professor, Neuro-Oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, to its Medical Advisory Board.
“We are inspired by clinician-scientists like Dr. Yung who have dedicated their careers to advancing care for patients with deadly cancers, such as glioblastoma, for which there are few effective treatments,” said Allan J. Camaisa, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Calidi. “As clinical trials studying the safety and efficacy of Calidi’s oncolytic virus-based therapies progress, the expertise of seasoned clinicians like Dr. Yung will help us further our understanding of the benefits of these drugs to patients.”
Dr. Yung is a fixture in the treatment of brain cancers with extensive experience studying glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer. He built the neuro-oncology department at MD Anderson Cancer Center, served as co-chair of the National Cancer Institute Brain Malignancy Steering Committee, and advised President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Dr. Yung has published more than 350 peer-reviewed articles and served as the editor-in-chief of Neuro-Oncology.
“Despite many promising new advancements in precision medicine for many cancers, glioblastoma remains one of the deadliest cancers with limited treatment successes and poor patient quality of life,” said W. K. Alfred Yung, M.D. “I see great promise in the potential of Calidi Biotherapeutics’ therapeutic vaccine which shields cancer-fighting oncolytic viruses in stem cells, helping protect the virus from a patient’s immune system until it reaches the cancer cell. If this approach proves successful in human trials, it could be a game changer not just for the treatment of brain cancers, but for other solid tumor cancers too.”
About Calidi Biotherapeutics
Calidi Biotherapeutics is a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company with proprietary technology that is revolutionizing the effective delivery of oncolytic viruses for targeted therapy against difficult-to-treat cancers. Calidi Biotherapeutics is advancing through the FDA approval process a potent allogeneic stem cell and oncolytic virus combination for use in multiple oncology indications. Calidi’s off-the-shelf, universal cell-based delivery platform is designed to protect, amplify, and potentiate oncolytic viruses currently in development leading to enhanced efficacy and improved patient safety. Calidi Biotherapeutics is headquartered in La Jolla, California. For more information, please visit www.calidibio.com.
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