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Aduro BioTech Acquires GVAX Assets From BioSante Pharma - Quick Facts

Aduro BioTech Inc. announced the acquisition of all GVAX assets from BioSante Pharmaceuticals Inc. (BPAX: Quote), including intellectual property and cell lines.

Aduro previously licensed two GVAX vaccines, GVAX Pancreas and GVAX Prostate, for use in combination with its Listeria-based vaccines.

Aduro said that the new acquisition covers all uses and includes additional vaccines for multiple myeloma and breast and colon cancer and assumes rights to the existing license agreement for GVAX Melanoma.

Under its purchase agreement with BioSante, Aduro paid $1 million upfront and has committed to additional milestone and royalty payments after commercialization of GVAX product(s).

GVAX vaccines are based on human cancer cell lines that are genetically modified to secrete granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), an immune-stimulatory cytokine.

by RTT Staff Writer

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