SEATTLE, March 01, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kineta, Inc. KA, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing next-generation immunotherapies to address cancer immune resistance, announced today the appointment of Myriam Chalabi, M.D. and Evan Ya-Wen Yu, M.D. to the company’s immuno-oncology focused Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Dr. Chalabi and Dr. Yu will join Kineta’s SAB that includes Lisa Coussens, Ph.D., Michael Curran, Ph.D. and Patricia LoRusso, D.O. to guide the clinical development of KVA12123, the company’s VISTA blocking immunotherapy.
“We are delighted to have Dr. Chalabi and Dr. Yu join Kineta’s Scientific Advisory Board,” stated Thierry Guillaudeux, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Kineta. “These experts will greatly complement our existing SAB and guide the company as we advance clinical development of KVA12123 in patients with advanced solid tumors.”
Dr. Myriam Chalabi, M.D.
Myriam Chalabi, M.D. is a medical oncologist and researcher at the Netherlands Cancer Institute. She has extensive expertise in treating patients with cancers of the gastrointestinal tract such as colon cancer, stomach cancer and esophageal cancer. Her own research is centered around immunotherapy for gastrointestinal cancers. In 2017, Dr. Chalabi set up a significant clinical study, the NICHE trial, to investigate whether immunotherapy could be beneficial to people with early-stage colon cancer. Through the NICHE trial, Dr. Chalabi identified a subtype of cancer patients deficient in mismatch repair, that show many DNA replication errors, who respond exceptionally well to immunotherapy. She is an expert in neoadjuvant immunotherapies for these indications. Dr. Chalabi also has a deep understanding of the important role biomarkers can play for patient selection in immuno-oncology clinical trials.
Dr. Evan Ya-Wen Yu, M.D.
Evan Y. Yu, M.D. is a medical oncologist specializing in GenitoUrinary malignancies, specifically prostate, bladder and testicular cancer treatment and research. He is the Section Head for Cancer Medicine, Clinical Research Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and serves as the Medical Director for Clinical Research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Consortium. In addition, Dr. Yu is a Professor at the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. He is the institution’s Principal Investigator for the National Cancer Trials Network Lead Academic Performance Site (LAPS) Grant, Southwest Oncology Group and Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group-American College of Radiology Imaging Network. Dr. Yu is also the Core Director for the Pacific Northwest Prostate Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence and co-principal investigator of the DoD Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Consortium for his institution. Dr. Yu’s research focuses on testing the next wave of novel molecular targeted therapies and immunotherapy techniques, with a complementary focus on imaging biomarkers. He has served for many years on the National Cancer Institute Genitourinary Cancers Steering Committee and is currently the Co-Chair for the National Cancer Institute Prostate Cancer Task Force. Dr. Yu has held various leadership and committee roles within ASCO and AACR, and he also serves as a senior editor for Clinical Cancer Research and Uro-Today.
Dr. Chalabi and Dr. Yu will join the following immuno-oncology experts on the Kineta SAB:
Lisa Coussens, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology, and Associate Director for Basic Research in the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU)
Michael A. Curran, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Immunology at MD Anderson Cancer Center
Patricia LoRusso, D.O.
Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) and Associate Cancer Center Director of Experimental Therapeutics at the Yale Cancer Center
Kineta KA is a clinical-stage biotechnology company with a mission to develop next-generation immunotherapies that transform patients’ lives. Kineta has leveraged its expertise in innate immunity and is focused on discovering and developing potentially differentiated immunotherapies that address the major challenges with current cancer therapy. For more information on Kineta, please visit www.kinetabio.com, and follow Kineta on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
KVA12123 (formerly referred to as KVA12.1) is expected to be a differentiated VISTA blocking immunotherapy to address the problem of immunosuppression in the tumor microenvironment. It is a fully human engineered IgG1 monoclonal antibody that was designed to bind to VISTA through a unique epitope. KVA12123 may be an effective immunotherapy for many types of cancer including NSCLC (lung), colorectal, renal cell carcinoma, head and neck, and ovarian. These initial target indications represent a significant unmet medical need with a large worldwide commercial opportunity for KVA12123.
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