Tuning in: Intensity's immune-based chemo delivery tech attracts backing of British billionaire Jim Mellon
In cancer treatment, chemotherapy and immunotherapy are often seen as completely separate, if complementary, categories of treatments. A tiny biotech out of Westport, CT now wants to shake up that paradigm — and has just raised $6.5 million to do so with backing from British billionaire Jim Mellon, crowdfunding investor V Capital, Batterson Venture Capital and several family offices.
What Intensity Therapeutics’ drug delivery tech allows them to do, CEO Lew Bender tells me, is to inject potent drugs directly into the tumor, where they diffuse and disperse, essentially attenuating the cancer without destroying the cell surface. That makes the cancer cells “much more recognizable and therefore more antigenic for recognition by the immune system,” unleashing an attack not just on the injected tumor but also on non-injected ones, he says.
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