Prof. Paul W.H.I. Parren is dedicated to translating antibody biology and immunotherapy knowledge into innovative therapeutics and technologies. He holds a PhD in molecular immunology from the University of Amsterdam (1992). Prof. Parren was an Associate Professor at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. From 2002-2017, he led research and preclinical development at Genmab, leading to seven product approvals to date. He is an inventor of ofatumumab (Arzerra, 2009; KESIMPTA, 2020), daratumumab (DARZALEX, 2015, DARZALEX-Faspro, 2021), teprotumumab (Tepezza, 2020), amivantamab (RYBREVANT, 2021), tisotumab vedotin (Tivdak, 2021) and two clinically translated technologies to generate bispecific (DuoBody) and effector-function enhanced (HexaBody) antibodies. In 2015, he became a Professor of Molecular Immunology at the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden. In 2018, he joined LAVA Therapeutics, a biotechnology company focused on developing bispecific gamma-delta T cell engagers to transform cancer therapy, as its Executive Vice President and Head of R&D.
Bispecific Gamma-delta T Cell Engagers
LAVA is developing a bispecific antibody γδ T cell engager (bsTCEs) platform that leverages the unique qualities of γ9δ2 effector T cells. LAVA’s bsTCEs were selected to create a wide therapeutic window with high activity against tumor cells whilst leaving healthy cells unharmed. LAVA progressed two bsTCEs to the clinic, one in haematological cancer and one in oncology.
Ira Mellman, Genentech
Human cells have been successfully used as treatment for blood cancers for decades but translating the promise to cell-based treatment for solid tumors has been slow. The advent of gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR, coupled with advances in our understanding of immunology and optimization of growing, manufacturing, transporting, storing, and handling specialized biological samples and materials is transforming the cell therapy field. We will hear in this session about some of the most promising work in the field, as well as the challenges in overcoming resistance