SAN CARLOS, Calif., Jan. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: IOVA), a late-stage biotechnology company developing novel T cell-based cancer immunotherapies, today announced that Raj K. Puri, M.D., Ph.D., will join the Company as Executive Vice President, Regulatory Strategy and Translational Medicine. Dr. Puri will begin his employment with the Company toward the end of the first quarter of 2022.
For more than 19 years, Dr. Puri has served as the director of the Division of Cellular and Gene Therapies (DCGT) in the Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in its Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. He is also a Chief of Tumor Vaccines and Biotechnology Branch within DCGT. During his more than 33 years working at the FDA, Dr. Puri held various positions as a reviewer and laboratory chief prior to his service as a division director. Dr. Puri has experience with the evaluation and regulation of advanced therapies including cell and gene therapy, cancer vaccines, and cellular immunotherapy. As a principal investigator and throughout his career, Dr. Puri has led research in the field of cancer therapies, including agents such as immunotoxins, cancer vaccines, and T cells including chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cells and tumor infiltrating lymphocytes.
Dr. Puri trained at the National Cancer Institute’s Surgery Branch, where he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Steven Rosenberg on adoptive immunotherapy approaches for cancer, and at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota where he worked on progesterone hormone receptors. He received his M.D. from the University of Juarez Medical School Institute of Biosciences and his Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow.
“We are excited that Raj has chosen to join Iovance and contribute to our mission of developing and offering patients access to novel therapies,” said Frederick G. Vogt, Ph.D., J.D., Iovance’s Interim Chief Executive Officer and President. “Raj’s deep regulatory and translational medicine experience will be invaluable for our clinical and preclinical programs.”
About Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc.
Iovance Biotherapeutics aims to improve patient care by making T cell-based immunotherapies broadly accessible for the treatment of patients with solid tumors and blood cancers. Tumor infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapy uses a patient’s own immune cells to attack cancer. TIL cells are extracted from a patient’s own tumor tissue, expanded through a proprietary process, and infused back into the patient. Upon infusion, TIL reach tumor tissue, where they attack cancer cells. The company has completed dosing in pivotal programs in patients with metastatic melanoma and cervical cancer. In addition, the company’s TIL therapy is being investigated in a registration-supporting study for the treatment of patients with locally advanced, recurrent or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. Clinical studies are also underway to evaluate TIL in earlier stage cancers in combination with currently approved treatments, and to investigate Iovance peripheral blood lymphocyte (PBL) T cell therapy for blood cancers. For more information, please visit www.iovance.com.
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