ImmunityBio, Inc. (NASDAQ: IBRX), a clinical-stage immunotherapy company, today announced that Executive Chairman and Global Chief Scientific and Medical Officer Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D., has been invited to deliver the 2023 David Packard Award Lecture at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). The university extended Dr. Soon-Shiong the invitation to give this prestigious guest lecture in recognition of his “scientific accomplishments as a pioneer” in cancer therapies, immunotherapy, and digital technologies to share genomic information.
The lecture, “Activating Natural Killer and T Cells to Induce T Cell Memory for the Treatment of Cancer: The Cancer Moonshot,” will be delivered on Tuesday, April 25, in Bethesda, MD.
Dr. Soon-Shiong’s intense interest in immunology began during his tenure at UCLA where he performed the first whole organ pancreas transplant at UCLA and also performed Whipple procedures in patients suffering from pancreatic cancer. His interest in the immune system in these patients led Dr. Soon-Shiong to a distinguished career as a surgeon, scientist, inventor, and philanthropist with over 500 issued worldwide patents and 100 scientific publications.
In 2001, Dr. Soon-Shiong founded American Pharmaceutical Partners (APP), and in 2005 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved his invention Abraxane, the nation’s first protein nanoparticle chemotherapy, for breast cancer. By 2013, the FDA had approved the drug for lung and pancreatic cancer. The science surrounding the development of Abraxane spurred his interest in the tumor microenvironment and how orchestrating the innate immune system with the adaptive system could transform cancer care and the development of a cancer vaccine. That is the subject of the Packard lecture to be delivered.
USU’s annual David Packard Award lecture was established by the University’s faculty senate in honor of Hewlett-Packard cofounder David Packard, who served as Deputy Secretary of Defense and USU’s second president in the 1970s. Previous Packard Award lecturers include Nobel Laureate Dr. Stanley Prusiner and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Dr. Anthony Fauci.
About the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, founded by an act of Congress in 1972, is the nation’s federal health sciences university and the academic heart of the Military Health System. USU students are primarily active-duty uniformed officers in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Public Health Services who receive specialized education in tropical and infectious diseases, TBI and PTSD, disaster response and humanitarian assistance, global health, and acute trauma care. USU also has graduate programs in oral biology, biomedical sciences, and public health committed to excellence in research. The University’s research programs cover a wide range of areas important to both the military and public health. For more information about the USU and its programs, visit www.usuhs.edu.
ImmunityBio is a vertically-integrated, clinical-stage biotechnology company developing next-generation therapies and vaccines that bolster the natural immune system to defeat cancers and infectious diseases. The company’s range of immunotherapy and cell therapy platforms, alone and together, act to drive and sustain an immune response with the goal of creating durable and safe protection against disease. These platforms and their associated product candidates are designed to be more effective, accessible, and easily administered than current standards of care in oncology and infectious diseases.
N-803 (Anktiva™), ImmunityBio’s lead cytokine fusion protein, is a novel IL-15 superagonist complex and has received Breakthrough Therapy and Fast Track Designations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for BCG-unresponsive CIS non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC). N-803 is currently under review by the FDA for this indication with a Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) target date of May 23, 2023.
The company has established GMP manufacturing capacity at scale with cutting-edge cell therapy manufacturing expertise and ready-to-scale facilities, as well as extensive and seasoned R&D, clinical trial, and regulatory operations, and development teams. For more information, please visit: www.immunitybio.com
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