Macomics Ltd, an immuno-oncology company with world-leading expertise in macrophage biology, announces today that it has added five new internationally renowned Advisors to expand the immunology, oncology and clinical expertise within its advisory panel. The new additions from the Netherlands, the UK, France, Italy, and Switzerland are Professor Karin de Visser PhD, Professor Klaus Okkenhaug PhD, Dr Carlos Gomez-Roca MD, and Professor Daniel Speiser.
Professor de Visser is a world leader in macrophage tumour biology using transgenic models. She is a senior group leader at the Division of Tumor Biology & Immunology at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, alongside her appointment as group leader at Oncode Institute and professor of Experimental Immunobiology of Cancer at Leiden University Medical Center. Her research focuses on understanding mechanisms by which the innate immune system influences metastatic breast cancer.
Professor Okkenhaug is Chair of Immunology, at Cambridge University within the Department of Pathology. An expert in T cell biology, his research focuses on the pathways used by the immune system to instruct and coordinate defences against pathogens. Furthermore, he employssmouse models to predict and understand the effect of drugs on the immune system. Professor’s Okkenhaug work has made major contributions to understanding the role of PI3K signalling in cancer, with several PI3K inhibitors having now received regulatory approval for the treatment of breast cancer and B cell malignancies.
Dr Gomez-Roca is a cancer specialist at the Institut Universitaire du Cancer de Toulouse (IUCT), where he is Co-Chair of the Clinical Research Unit at IUCT-Oncopole and leader in the Early Phase Unit with a focus on targeted therapies and immuno-oncology. His main research interests are early clinical development, phase I trials across solid tumors, innovative methods of evaluation of novel drugs’ clinical activity, personalized medicine and mechanisms of toxicities of new targeted agents and immunotherapies. He ran the first-in-human trial of emactuzumab, the trail-blazing monoclonal CSF1R antibody targeting tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs).
Dr Mario Leonardo Squadrito is project leader in the Unit of Targeted Cancer Gene Therapy, lead by Prof. Luigi Naldini, at the San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy, Milan, Italy. Dr Squadrito world leading expertise in the development of new strategies to genetically reprogram tumour associated macrophages to activate immune functions. Previous, Dr Squadiroto invented a platform to exploit circulating microvesicles as a source of tumor antigens for innovative tumor vaccines. Dr Squadrito studied at the University of L’Aquila and San Raffaele University and began his post-doctoral academic at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Professor Daniel Speiser is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Fundamental Oncology at the University of Lausanne and formally led the Unit for Investigator-Initiated Trials at the Department of Oncology Le Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV). Professor Speiser has over 20 years of medicine and translational research experience and was previously clinician-scientist at the Ludwig Cancer Research institute. Professor Speiser’s research has made significant contributions to understanding the activation, differentiation and function of human T cells, with special emphasis on direct analyses of immune activatory and inhibitory pathways, and their relation to parameters of cancer biology and inflammation.
They join Prof. Michele De Palma and Dr Jackie Doody world recognised experts in the fields of immuno-oncology, and Dr John Haurum who has over two decades’ experience in the international biotech industry, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of F-star.
Dr Carola Ries, Macomics’ Chief Scientific Officer, who recently joined the company from Roche said:
“We welcome Karin, Klaus, Carlos and Daniel to the team. Our target discovery platform has enabled us to identify and validate novel macrophage therapeutic targets, based on our deep understanding of macrophage biology. The insight and input of our expert immunology and clinical advisors will be invaluable as we progress our diversified portfolio of novel therapies targeting disease-specific tumour associated macrophages towards the clinic. “