Billionaire-backed Parker Institute tackles the Holy Grail of cancer R&D — with a virtual unknown
Up until about 6 months ago, Fred Ramsdell, the vice president for research at the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, had never heard of Tessa Therapeutics. But he and some of the top cancer researchers associated with the Parker Institute’s far flung network of investigators have been making up for lost time.
The Parker Institute — funded by tech mogul Sean Parker — is announcing Monday that it is making a leap into next-gen adoptive cell therapies for cancer, joining with Singapore-based Tessa. Their new biotech ally is now engaged in a Phase III trial that hopes to open a new chapter in the field, looking to share the spotlight with the leaders which have dominated the immunotherapy arena so far. And the partners have some big plans for the future.
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