MENLO PARK, Calif., April 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: AST), a biotechnology company focused on the emerging field of regenerative medicine, today announced that the abstract describing long-term follow-up of patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) from the Phase 2 clinical trial of the Company's autologous telomerase-based dendritic cell cancer vaccine, AST-VAC1, has been selected for an oral presentation at the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, to be held in Chicago, Illinois May 29 - June 2, 2015.
The abstract accepted for oral presentation is titled, "Long-term follow-up of patients with acute myelogenous leukemia receiving an autologous telomerase-based dendritic cell vaccine." The data will be presented by H. Jean Khoury, MD, FACP, professor of hematology and medical oncology, and director of the Division of Hematology in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine during the session titled, "Leukemia, Myelodysplasia, and Transplantation" and is scheduled for Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 3:09 PM to 3:19 PM Central time. The abstract number is 7007.
"We are honored that the ASCO Scientific Program Committee has selected our Phase 2 study in patients with AML for oral presentation, which is typically reserved for important clinical and translational research findings," said Pedro Lichtinger, President and CEO of Asterias. "We are looking forward to Dr. Khoury's presentation in this prestigious scientific forum, and to discussing the long-term follow-up data with key opinion leaders in the oncology community during the ASCO meeting."
AST-VAC1 is an autologous product (using cells that come from the treated patient) consisting of mature antigen-presenting dendritic cells pulsed with RNA for the protein component of human telomerase ("hTERT") and a portion of a lysosomal targeting signal ("LAMP"). LAMP directs the telomerase RNA to the lysosome, the subcellular organelle that directs the RNA to a particular part of the cell membrane. AST-VAC1 is injected into the patient's skin; and from there the dendritic cells travel to the lymph nodes and instruct cytotoxic T-cells (T-cells that "kill" other cells) to kill tumor cells that express telomerase on their surface.
About Asterias Biotherapeutics
Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: AST) is a leading biotechnology company in the emerging field of regenerative medicine. The Company's core technologies center on pluripotent stem cells, which are characterized by the ability to become all cell types in the human body. Asterias is focused on developing therapies based on pluripotent stem cells to treat diseases or serious injuries in several medical areas where there is high unmet medical need and without adequate available therapies. Asterias' two therapeutic programs, AST-OPC1 (oligodendrocyte progenitor cells) for spinal cord injuries and AST-VAC2 (antigen-presenting allogeneic dendritic cells) for lung cancer, are based on the Company's proprietary technology platforms of Pluripotent Stem Cells and Allogeneic Dendritic Cell Immunotherapy, respectively. AST-OPC1 is currently in a Phase 1/2a clinical trial. Additional information about Asterias can be found at www.asteriasbiotherapeutics.com.
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