The gamma delta T cell gambit inspires a small London biotech startup with big ideas
If you run through the whole gamut of cell therapies being worked on in cancer research these days, gamma delta T cells aren’t likely to figure prominently in your review. But for years now Adrian Hayday, who runs labs at The Francis Crick Institute and King’s College London, has been fascinated by their unusual ability to penetrate into tissue, making them potential therapeutic candidates.
And now, with the explosion of immuno-oncology research work, some marquee research players have set out to take Hayday’s work — along with contributions by Oliver Nussbaumer — into the clinic, seeding a startup which will now navigate its way through about 18 months of preclinical work identifying a lead program that can be taken into a human study.
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