Friday, October 14, 2011

Aduro, starting Phase II pancreatic cancer trial, sees promise in 2 'failed' cancer vaccines

Two cancer vaccines given up for dead — after killing two Bay Area biotech companies — together could breathe new life into a Berkeley company and earn a measure of redemption to boot.
Aduro BioTech Inc. of Berkeley this month dosed the first patient in a Phase II pancreatic cancer trial that uses its vaccine as a booster following a priming dose of another vaccine controlled by BioSante Pharmaceuticals Inc. Preliminary results could come as early as October 2012, but a full read on whether the combination is safe and effective likely will take years.

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