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Anocca licenses gene editing technology from EmendoBio

Anocca and EmendoBio have announced a non-exclusive licensing agreement for the use of EmendoBio’s novel OMNI-A4 nuclease to accelerate the manufacture and development of Anocca’s deep pipeline of TCR-T cell therapies for difficult-to-treat solid cancers.

“Integrating EmendoBio’s nuclease into our manufacturing process supports Anocca’s aim of generating the highest-quality cell therapy products. This next-generation gene editing system provides the precision and efficiency needed to scale out production of our growing libraries of TCR-T products in a high-precision manufacturing process. We are excited to work with EmendoBio to develop gene-edited TCR-T cell therapies as we prepare for our first clinical program targeting the KRAS driver mutation in a hard-to-treat solid cancer,” says Anocca’s CEO and co-founder, Reagan Jarvis.

Anocca recently received certification of GMP compliance and a manufacturing license from the Swedish regulators for their cell therapy production facility, the largest in the Nordics. EmendoBio’s technology strengthens Anocca’s manufacturing capability and provides a foundation for the ambitious goal of reaching more patients faster with personalised treatments targeting the underlying genetic drivers of hard-to-treat cancers, the company now states. The licensed gene editing technology is part of EmendoBio’s portfolio of nucleases developed to be highly active and specific for cell therapy applications.

Photo of Reagan Jarvis: Anocca