The financing will accelerate the advancement of LAVA's immuno-oncology pipeline and its powerful bispecific gamma-delta T cell engager programs into multiple proof-of-concept clinical trials expected to start in 2021 for the treatment of solid tumours and hematologic malignancies. LAVA's bispecific gamma-delta T cell engager platform harnesses the unique properties of these specific T cells creating a revolutionary truly tumor-targeted immunotherapy to improve outcomes for cancer patients. Gamma-delta T cells are the natural surveillance cells of the immune system, continuously patrolling the human body for the identification and targeting of tumour cells. These cells bridge the innate with the adaptive immune system and are a largely untapped opportunity in cancer treatment.
Nanna Lüneborg, Partner at
Stephen Hurly, Chief Executive Officer of LAVA Therapeutics, said: "We believe our targeted approach, leveraging the unique features of gamma9-delta2 T cells with innovative bispecific antibodies, will deliver novel T cell-based therapies offering considerable advantages over today's oncology treatments. We are grateful for the support we have received from
About Novo Holdings A/S
Novo Holdings A/S is a private limited liability company wholly owned by the
About LAVA Therapeutics
LAVA Therapeutics is developing a proprietary bispecific antibody platform that engages gamma-delta T cells for the treatment of hematological and solid cancers. The company's first-in-class immuno-oncology approach activates Vγ9Vδ2 T cells upon binding to membrane-expressed tumor targets. LAVA was founded in 2016 based on intellectual property originating from the