Agreement grants ELIAS Animal Health the worldwide right to development and commercialization of V-VET1 for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cancer in veterinary medicine
Nov. 18, 2021 — Genelux Corporation, a clinical-stage immunotherapy company, recently announced a licensing agreement with ELIAS Animal Health for V-VET1, its clinical-stage animal health product candidate. V-VET1 is a vaccinia viral strain which selectively replicates in cancer cells causing cell death (apoptosis).
ELIAS Animal Health is planning clinical trials to evaluate and develop V-VET1 as a potential new immunotherapy option for veterinary oncologists.
“We are thrilled to announce our exclusive license for V-VET1 to help veterinarians treat the many pets who are diagnosed with cancer every year,” said Tammie Wahaus, CEO of ELIAS Animal Health. “Companion animal cancer treatments have made little progress in the past few decades, and this partnership is an exciting step in broadening the cancer treatment options available in veterinary medicine.”
“We are excited to be working with ELIAS Animal Health to advance V-VET1 for the treatment of dogs and other non-human animals with various cancers,” said Thomas Zindrick, J.D., President and CEO of Genelux. “Unfortunately, few veterinary-only drugs currently exist to treat companion animals with cancer. ELIAS is doing tremendous work to advance novel treatments for animal health, including cutting-edge adoptive T cell therapy combined with surgery and radiotherapy, and we are proud to partner with them.”
About Genelux Corporation
Genelux is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing a pipeline of next-generation oncolytic immunotherapies for patients suffering from aggressive and/or difficult-to-treat solid tumor types. The Company’s most advanced product candidate, Olvi-Vec (olvimulogene nanivacirepvec), is a proprietary, modified strain of the vaccinia virus (VACV), a stable DNA virus with a large engineering capacity. The core of Genelux’s discovery and development efforts revolves around the company’s proprietary CHOICE™ platform from which the Company has developed an extensive library of isolated and engineered oncolytic vaccinia virus immunotherapeutic product candidates, including Olvi-Vec. For more information, please visit www.genelux.com.
About ELIAS Animal Health
Based in Olathe, Kan., ELIAS Animal Health is a medical biotechnology company advancing its novel targeted T cell-based immunotherapies for the treatment of canine cancers. The ELIAS cancer immunotherapy is being distributed to veterinarians commercially under 9 CFR 103.3 as an experimental autologous prescription product for the treatment of canine osteosarcoma. The company’s novel therapeutic approach offers the promise of improved clinical outcomes and the potential for fundamentally changing the way cancer is treated.