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14/03-2019 07:00:11: (TRVX) Targovax grants Zelluna Immunotherapy an FTO license to intellectual property relating to mutant RAS T cell receptor technology

· Targovax grants Zelluna an FTO license to Targovax patents and know-how to
further enable development of Zelluna's mutant RAS T-cell receptor therapies

  · Targovax and Zelluna intend to collaborate on additional discovery and
development of novel mutant RAS T cell receptors

Oslo, Norway, 14 March 2019 - Targovax ASA (OSE: TRVX), a clinical stage
biotechnology company developing immune activators to target hard-to-treat solid
tumors, today announces that it has granted a freedom-to-operate (FTO) license
to Zelluna Immunotherapy for the development of mutant RAS T cell receptor
(mutRAS TCRs) therapies.
Through the development of the TG neoantigen vaccine program, Targovax has
established a significant patent portfolio and know-how in therapies targeting
mutant RAS cancers. In addition to covering the TG vaccine program, these
patents and know-how are also highly relevant in T cell therapy.

Zelluna Immunotherapy has built a portfolio of validated mutRAS TCRs isolated
from long-term cancer survivors treated with first generation TG mutRAS
vaccines. Targovax has agreed to out-license Targovax patents and know-how to
Zelluna to enable the development of Zelluna's mutRAS TCRs and create a stronger
joint position in the mutRAS TCR field. In addition, the companies have signed a
letter of intent to establish an R&D collaboration for the discovery and
development of additional novel mutRAS TCR products.

Under the license agreement, Zelluna has been granted a global, non-exclusive
license to relevant Targovax patents and know-how, for which Targovax will be
compensated financially. The potential deal value amounts to NOK 100 million in
milestones and annual fees, in addition to royalties on sales and sub-licensing
revenues. Zelluna will retain full rights to, and freedom to operate (FTO) for,
its portfolio of mutRAS TCRs and will be responsible for the development of
these.

Øystein Soug, CEO of Targovax, said: "Our unique TG technology has already
demonstrated a clinical benefit by generating immune responses to RAS driver
mutations, and we remain committed to developing mutRAS vaccines in the
currently underserved mutant RAS cancer indications. Additionally, we are
confident that our proprietary technology and know-how has potential application
in the parallel field of T cell therapy; itself a rapidly evolving novel class
of immunotherapies. The intention of joining forces with Zelluna, will be
strengthening the ability to develop a portfolio of mutRAS TCR products to be
applied in T cell therapy, which will complement our TG vaccine development and
further solidify Targovax's strong position as the leader in mutRAS targeted
immunotherapy".
For further information, please contact:
Renate Birkeli, Investor Relations
Phone: +47 922 61 624
Email: renate.birkeli@targovax.com
Media and IR enquires:
Andreas Tinglum - Corporate Communications
Phone: +47 9300 1773
Email: andreas.tinglum@corpcom.no
 (Targovax@fticonsulting.com)
About Targovax

Activating the patient's immune system to fight cancer

Targovax (OSE:TRVX) is a clinical stage biotechnology company developing immune
activators to target hard-to-treat solid tumors. Immuno-oncology is currently
one of the fastest growing therapeutic fields in medicine.

Targovax's lead product candidate, ONCOS-102, is a genetically modified
oncolytic adenovirus, which has been engineered to selectively infect and
replicate in cancer cells. It has been shown to activate the immune system to
generate tumor-specific immune responses. In phase I trials, ONCOS-102 induced
both local and systemic innate and adaptive immune activation, which has been
associated with clinical benefit. ONCOS-102's targeted path-to-market indication
is mesothelioma, where the virus is currently being tested in a randomized phase
II trial. Another trial, in checkpoint inhibitor refractory advanced melanoma,
is expected to produce important proof-of-concept immune activation data in
heavily pre-treated patients.

Targovax is also developing a neo-antigen cancer vaccine targeting tumors with
oncogenic RAS-mutations, which are known to drive cancer. The TG vaccine program
has shown strong RAS-specific immune activation and a signal of clinical
efficacy in a 32-patient trial with TG01 in resected pancreatic cancer. A next
generation product candidate, TG02 is currently tested in a phase I trial in
colorectal cancer, both as monotherapy and in combination with Keytruda (an anti
-PD1 check point inhibitor).

About Zelluna Immunotherapy

Zelluna Immunotherapy specializes in immunotherapies targeting a broad range of
solid cancers with a high unmet medical need. The company is developing a unique
portfolio of non-engineered tumor specific T-cell receptors (TCRs) isolated from
long-term surviving patients from cancer vaccine trials. The TCRs combine
specificity and affinity to have the potential for a safe and efficient therapy
to target a variety of common cancer types. Zelluna, in addition to internal
competences, has a long-term agreement with the Department for Cell Therapy at
Oslo University Hospital, providing comprehensive capabilities of TCR
development, ranging from lead discovery to clinical translation.

Ekstern link: https://newsweb.oslobors.no/message/471958

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