Arch joins Celgene, China investors bankrolling a pioneering New York biotech startup focused on a new approach to metastasis
Julio Aguirre-Ghiso has steered the work in his lab at Mount Sinai down some of the less-traveled pathways of cancer research. And it’s led him to launch a biotech — which is having its coming-out party today in New York — that has now set out to develop new medicines tailored for the field he’s been pioneering.
While a massive amount of cancer research has been devoted to a better understanding of tumors and new and better ways to kill tumor cells, Aguirre-Ghiso’s research has centered on “dormant” disseminated tumor cells, or DTCs, that can reactivate long after drugs have wiped out all appearances of cancer — fueling a metastatic response that comes back to kill the patient with near certainty.
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