NEWS: Genagon Therapeutics has on Feb 4th entered into a worldwide commercial platform license agreement with Ligand Pharmaceticals inc.

Targeting novel signaling pathways

Genagon Therapeutics drug development is based on ground-breaking discoveries in inflammatory signaling active on tumor infiltrating leukocytes. Our therapeutics target these previously unstudied pathways of immune cell suppression which are induced by tumors as they evade the immune system.

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Cellport - discovering novel pathways

Genagon Therapeutics has developed an in-house platform, Cellport, for identifying novel pathways active on immune cells present in the tumor micro environment. Using the Cellport platform, Genagon Therapeutics discovered new pathways for inhibition of innate immunity by cancer cells. Active innate immune cells are essential in order to recruit and stimulate cancer specific T-cells to eliminate their target cells. Our biologics drug development programs aim to target these previously unstudied pathways in tumor infiltrating leukocytes. The program opens new opportunities for novel combination therapies with current T-cell checkpoint blockade.

Opportunity within Immuno-oncology

Immuno-oncology is revolutionizing cancer treatment with the potential of becoming a new standard of care and a 27 billion USD industry already by 20211.

FDA approved  antibodies against immune checkpoint pathways, such as PD-L1/PD-1 (Approved 2014) and CTLA-4 (Approved 2011) and the clinical effects are unprecedented for several cancer forms. The Nobel Prize in Medicine 2018 was awarded for the discovery of PD1 and CTLA-4. However, the response rates are currently 20-30%, and several common cancer forms remain close to unresponsive. One reason is that the tumor micro environment has additional different suppressive pathways. A bottleneck for further improvement is to identify new pharmacological targets in addition to the PD-L1/PD-1 and CTLA-4 axis.

About

Genagon Therapeutics was founded in 2015 and is rapidly growing a strong and broad patent portfolio with many projects and opportunities for internal development or partnerships. The company is supported financially by among others, Beijer Ventures and Almi Invest

Team

Simon Fredriksson, Ph.D 

Founder and CEO – Experienced life science entrepreneur. Co-founder and former CSO and CEO of Olink AB. Research at Uppsala and Stanford Universities has resulting in multiple high impact papers in Nature Biotech, PNAS, Nature Methods. 10 patents have been commercialized into products at Olink, Agilent, and ThermoFisher, especially the Proximity Ligation and Proximity Extension assays for multiplex protein detection. Previously Board member of Olink AB (9 years), Biolamina AB (6 years). Presently Board member of Cartana AB and Olink Proteomics AB.

Andries Blokzijl, MD Ph.D

Founder and CSO – Licensed physician and researcher in signal transduction. Developed Genagon’s in-house immune cell signaling decoding process. Highly cited publications in journals such as Nature Methods, Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, Genes & Dev, J Cell Biol.

Moa Fransson, Ph.D

COO –  PhD in Gene and Immunotherapy and has since graduating worked in a variety of institutions dealing with project management and innovation. Awarded numerous scholarship for doctoral and postdoctoral research and previous trained at the Business Lab at the Uppsala Innovation Center and is a co-founder of BioFlow systems AB.

Evelina Lindmark, Ph.D

Senior scientist – PhD in Translational Immunology from Karolinska Institute specializing in antigen presenting cells in autoimmunity. Previous industrial experience as QA/QC scientist and project manager at 3H Biomedical in Uppsala.

Katrin Klocke, Ph.D

Senior scientist – PhD in immunology from Karolinska Institute specializing in CTLA-4 within autoimmune diseases and in vivo models. Previous experience from Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn in Germany.

Cecilia Drakskog, Msc, BMA

Scientist and Laboratory Manager – Immununologist and infection biologist with experience in assay development from Stockholm University and Karolinska Institute with a broad background in laboratory management.

Anders Nordström, Chairman

Mr. Nordström has a long and versatile professional experience from executive positions in Life Science companies such as CFO, Executive Vice President and as a Board Member in global life science companies and Startup companies e.g. Halo Genomics. He has held executive positions in Phadia, Pharmacia as well as in ArthroCare International including international assignments in the US and Canada. He is currently working as Senior Advisor, Business Development at Uppsala Innovation Centre and has served as Chairman of the Board in several companies e.g. OssDsign, Vanadis Diagnostics, ExScale Biospecimen Solutions.  Mr. Nordström has a BSc in Business Administration and Economics from University of Uppsala, Sweden.

Svein Mathisen

M.Sc. in engineering physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. More than 25 years of experience in various senior positions in the Norsk Hydro Group and as CEO of BioInvent International AB. Chairman of the Boards of iCell Science AB and Gabather AB. Board member of Athera Biotechnologies AB and Arild Capital AB. Previous appointments (last five years): Board member and CEO of BioInvent International AB, Chairman of the Board of Biotec Pharmacon ASA and Board member of the industry organization Sweden Bio.

Richard Åhlberg, MD Ph.D 

PhD in immunology, is chief physician at Karolinska University Hospital. He is an experienced life science board member. He has vast experience from the pharmaceutical industry with focus on immuno-oncology from his previous positions as Medical Director and Business Director Oncology at Roche AB. For five years he was the Country Manager for Aleris Healthcare Sweden.

Karin von Wachenfeldt, Ph.D

Karin has a strong scientific expertise in pharmaceutical development of large and small molecules. She obtained her Ph. D in 1993 from Dept. of Immunotechnology at Lund University. Karin has over 20 years of experience from the pharmaceutical industry (BioInvent, Ixsys Inc. PharmaciaUpjohn, Active Biotech and AstraZeneca) developing drugs for cancer and Respiratory/Inflammation. Since 2011 she is the CEO and co-founder of Truly Translational Sweden AB.

Johan Lund, Ph.D

Dr Johan Lund is currently CEO of KyNexis, a startup company he has co-founded in Sweden, and Chairman of the Board of Aqilion. Prior to this he spent 20 years in pharmaceutical industry leading Research and Early Development groups within Celgene, Pfizer and AstraZeneca in Sweden, UK and USA. Most recently he was SVP and Chief Scientific Officer for Immunoscience at Pfizer, Cambridge, MA and VP of Immunology & Inflammation Research and Early Development for Celgene, based in Cambridge, MA. Earlier in his career Dr Lund was Associate Professor at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and Professor and Chairman of the Anatomy and Cell Biology Department, University of Bergen Medical Faculty. He received his medical training at Karolinska Institutet where he also obtained his Ph.D, followed by post-doctoral training at UT Southwestern in Dallas.

Maarten de Chateau, MD, PhD

Maarten de Chateau is currently CEO of Sixera Pharma and Buzzard Pharmaceuticals. He serves as chairman of the board of Atrogi, and on the boards of AddBio, Cavis Technologies and Gesynta Pharma. Maarten was Co-founder and CEO of Cormorant Pharmaceuticals. The company developed a therapeutic antibody approach in immuno-oncology and was acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2016. Prior to that, Maarten held the position of Medical Director at Swedish Orphan Biovitrum, with medical and clinical development responsibility for two marketed products in the rare disease space. Before that, he worked in clinical development at Sanofi and also as a financial analyst at two investment banks for five years.

 

Sara Mangsbo, Ph.D

Active in the field of immunotherapy for over 10 years, with extensive knowledge of innate as well as adaptive immunity. Sara has extensive experience of pre-clinical models and has worked with immune targeting mAbs as well as immune complexes and Fc receptors for many years. Sara has also held a position at AstraZeneca as Brand Lead in Immuno-oncology. Currently she leads a research group within Uppsala University and is also an active entrepreneur.

 

Roger Henriksson, MD, PhD

Senior professor and chief Physician, previous head of the Regional Cancer Centre in Stockholm Gotland and a member of the management  team of the The Stockholm County (2012-2018). In this position, he has had a leading role in implementing the national strategy to a regional cancer plan,  including to establish a concept of right care to the right patient at the right time. He was recruited to this position from being the head and the Physician-in-chief at the Department of Oncology and Radiotherapy (Radiumhemmet), Karolinska university hospital, Stockholm. He has been a co-director of the StratCan network in cancer research at the Karolinska and board member of the Cancer Center Karolinska (CCK). He was appointed on his first chair as Professor of experimental Oncology 1994 at Umeå university and as a senior consultant 1992 at the Department of Radiation Sciences & Oncology, Norrlands University Hospital, Umeå, Sweden. He has been head and deputy head of this department 1994 – 2003, Founder and Managing Director of the Cancer Research Unit 1987 -2008, Head of the division of Neuro-Oncology, lung cancer and malignant melanoma 1995 -2008. He has also previously been on a position for 7 years as part time Medical Director AstraZeneca Oncology Europe.  Henriksson has been the chairman and the deputy chairman of the Swedish Society of Oncology (1999-2003, 2011-2015). He has been  the chairman of the Scientific committee and Board Member of the European Association of Neuro-Oncology and the President of the EANO 2018 Congress in Stockholm. At present he is the track chair of the ESMO 2020 Congress in Madrid and member of the steering committee. Henriksson has published more than 370 original papers in peer‑reviewed journals, including articles in Nature Genetics, JCO, New Engl J Med, and the Lancet Oncology. He is also the author of numerous oncology chapters in professional medical textbooks. His main research is within the field of clinical and experimental oncology with a focus on brain tumours. More than 30 PhD students have had him as a supervisor, including physicians, experimental researchers and psychologist. He has got several awards from different research organisations and patient advocacy groups. Henriksson has also actively taking part in the establishment of patient advocacy groups in lung cancer and brain tumours.

 

Tom Boone

Tom Boone has more than 28 years of accomplishments in the discovery and development of protein therapeutics. Tom has worked at Amgen and served in positions of increasing responsibility in growing Amgen Protein Sciences to an organization of over 300 researchers across five different sites while maintaining a long tradition of industry excellence. His career at Amgen began in 1981 with the isolation and cDNA cloning of novel cytokines and growth factors including G-CSF. Tom Boone’s responsibilities grew from Scientist to Director and he developed proprietary processes used to produce recombinant G-CSF and other therapeutic candidates for clinical applications. His continuing success led to leadership of all research protein technologies, and the evolution of Protein Sciences as an independent organization. Tom Boone was the first Vice President of Amgen Protein Science and his teams were responsible for the majority of the current Amgen product portfolio and late stage clinical programs. Tom was the inventor and a lead scientist in the development of Nplate®, a treatment of thrombocytopenia. His critical role in the discovery and process development of G-CSF (Neupogen) is widely recognized. He serves as a consultant or scientific advisor to more than 10 different companies and investment groups.

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