Epitopea closes $14M seed round for tumor antigen discovery
Epitopea Ltd. raised $13.6 million in seed financing to take forward a new cancer immunotherapy platform based on the identification of a new class of tumor-specific antigens encoded by non-canonical genomic sequences.
The Cambridge, U.K.-based firm is building on the academic research of company co-founders Claude Perrault and Pierre Thibault, both based at the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer at the Université de Montréal. In a series of papers, Perrault, Thibault, and colleagues have described novel tumor antigens encoded by what were previously considered non-coding gene sequences, including long-noncoding RNAs, short open reading frames and pseudogenes.
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