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FOUR CANCER-KILLING VIRUSES TO WATCH IN 2017

FOUR CANCER-KILLING VIRUSES TO WATCH IN 2017

Cancer-killing viruses are specially engineered versions of naturally occurring viruses that are programmed to home in on cancer cells and kill them without harming normal tissues. This is a branch of immuno-oncology that has been overshadowed by more fruitful endeavors, such as the immune checkpoint inhibitors Opdivo (nivolumab) from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Keytruda (pembrolizumab) from Merck, both of which are now certified cancer blockbusters. But several companies are developing cancer-killing viruses, known in the scientific community as “oncolytic” viruses, and some of those efforts are starting to show promise.

Celgene backs next-gen oncolytic virus startup in $57M Series A

"Newly unveiled Oncorus has raised a $57 million Series A to back its efforts to use next-gen oncolytic viruses to treat aggressive cancers including a type of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Active strategic investor Celgene ($CELG) participated in the financing, which was led by MPM Capital."

Read the article from FierceBiotech

A Q&A with CEO of Oncorus that just raised $57M to battle cancer

"The Cambridge, Massachusetts, startup launched on Tuesday announcing that it has raised $57 million in a Series A funding round. Oncorus aims to develop a next-generation immunotherapy platform of oncolytic viruses to treat various kinds of tumors, including highly malignant and aggressive cancers such as glioblastoma multiforme."

Read the article from MedCity News.