Hi Lady Bio. Have been trying to get your view on whether you think Moditope is superior to sclp dendritic product, as it seems to be better at getting the body's immune system activated.
All we know about Moditope is that it consists of specially modified cancer and disease epitopes that can elicit a powerful killer T Cell attack on cancer and various pathogens without having to target dendritic cells first (apparently).
OK, so they are modified epitopes but what are epitopes anyway? Well epitopes are those bits of a cancer's or a virus' structure that can be identified by the immune system. SCIB1 uses melanoma epitopes (tiny pieces of melanoma) to stimulate T Cells. It does this via the immune system's sentinel cells (dendritic cells) that present foreign particles such as epitopes they come across to T Cells so that the T Cells can home in on the source of these foreign objects and destroy them. If these epitopes (which to the immune system stink of the cancer or virus that they are taken from) are given to killer T Cells, the killer T's will find any more of that cancer or virus in the body and eradicate it. Epitopes therefore are tell tale cancer or virus particles which act like a piece of clothing to a blood hound and once presented to a T Cell allow the T Cell to sniff out the cancer or virus and destroy it wherever it exists in the body.
The SCIB1 ImmunoBody DNA vaccine programs dendritic cells to manufacture mimics of melanoma epitopes to present to T Cells to allow killer T Cells to sniff out the melanoma and eradicate it. But these are mimics of Nature's natural epitopes of melanoma whereas Moditope epitopes are not natural.
Professor Durrant has discovered special modified versions of over 100 cancer and pathogen epitopes. They are so unique that they don't need presenting by dendritic cells at all. They have the power to attract killer T Cells directly. Then they actually expand the population of killer T Cells. What is more the killer T Cell attack they bring about is more powerful than any thus far produced, yet it is safe and non-toxic. It is hoped that for every natural epitope there is a Moditope, enough to allow T Cells to home in on every known cancer and virus.
Lady bio following your posts re moditope do you think this is better than the company's dendritic platform. Sorry to post again but last nights posts seem to be gone so thoighht I'd try a new thread. Thanks
They sure are getting a great name for themselves in the acquisition of other companies. This is bound to bring them to the notice of the big boys and I expect a bun fight between several companies in the buy them stakes.
Any views about future prospects? It looks good to me.
SCANCELL REVEALS PLAN TO TARGET RIVAL'S LEAD VACCINE
Its no secret that Scancell has rival manufacturer Dendreon firmly in its sights. Dendreon holds the coveted position as leader of the therapeutic cancer vaccine market but not for long if Scancell has its way.
Dendreon has been a true trail blazer and its founders were the brains behind the only type of therapeutic cancer vaccine to get commercial approval by the FDA, the dendritic cell vaccine. Non-toxic and cleverly marshalling the patient's own immune system to fight off the disease, they thought they had it made when their first vaccine to treat prostate cancer entered the market place. Their science which used the immune system's sentinels, the dendritic cells, to alert the immune system to the presence of cancer was truly ground breaking but the technology they devised to produce their vaccine was simply uneconomic. Patients had to have their blood collected and sent off to Dendreon so their dendritic cells could be extracted, primed with cancer proteins to allow the immune system to identify and hunt down the cancer and returned for re-infusing back into the patient again. So every batch had to be 'tailor made' for just one patient! It cost the proverbial arm and a leg. $93,000 for a course of treatment that never really worked at its best because of the damage the patient's dendritic cells suffered in the process.
But the real nightmare for Dendreon began when Scancell came up with an alternative dendritic cell vaccine that didn't need patients' blood to make it. In fact Scancell's vaccine actually coated a patient's dendritic cells with cancer proteins while they were still in the patient's body; outdoing Dendreon's expensive 'one patient at a time' vaccine with one that could be mass produced to treat millions of patients from a single batch!
Scancell has achieved this by designing a DNA cancer vaccine called ImmunoBody that instructs the patient's own cells to produce special antibodies which mimic cancer proteins and stick to the surfaces of the patient's dendritic cells. The alarm is raised and the immune system seeks out and destroys the cancer these special antibodies are mimicking. Scancell's vaccine is also re-programmable, enabling it to target any kind of cancer by simply altering its DNA program to cause the production of antibodies that mimic the proteins of a different type of cancer.
THE CONFERENCE THAT TIME FORGOT
As far as most commentators knew Scancell was working on just two ImmunoBody vaccines, SCIB1 to treat melanoma, which is currently in Phase 2 clinical trials and SCIB2 to treat lung cancer which is now ready for trialling. So until last weekend, Dendreon could have comforted itself with the notion that Scancell was swimming in its neighbours' pools. But owing to the diligent research and dogged inquiry of a poster on London South East Scancell Share Chat, Inanaco, Scancell has revealed that they are working on a new ImmunoBody vaccine to treat prostate cancer as well! This has to be Dendreon's worst nightmare.
This astonishing news was initially 'leaked,' but went largely unreported, in a 15 minute presentation at the 12th International Conference on Progress in Vaccination Against Cancer (PIVAC) on Wednesday 12th September 2012. The paper entitled, "Development of new prostate cancer vaccine strategies using PAP as target antigen," described a collaborative project between Scancell and researchers at Nottingham Trent University.
The paper doesn't mince its words. It makes it abundantly clear that the intention is to use Scancell's ImmunoBody DNA vaccine technology to make a mass market successor to Dendreon's only commercial product, its prostate cancer vaccine Provenge. SCIB3, as it will no doubt be called, will encode epitopes from the same antigen used in Provenge. But even more alarmingly for any of Scancell's competitors in the prostate cancer field, Scancell seems to be preparing a prophylactic prostate cancer vaccine as well, intended to prevent the disease developing in the first place. And if you don't think that Scancell are serious about this just take a look at what Professor Lindy Durrant said about Scancell's SCIB 1 vaccine as long ago as May 2010:
"In the short term, this could cure some patients with the disease, and in the long term it could be used to prevent people developing it in the first place."
A WEEKEND OF REVELATIONS
Having come across the above research in PIVAC's conference program, Inanaco sent an email to Scancell seeking clarification of their apparent intentions to develop a vaccine to treat prostate cancer. These intentions were then confirmed in an email from the company which was then posted by Inanaco on London South East's Scancell Chat last Sunday afternoon at 16:10. It read:
You certainly are diligent in your research!! This is early stage research on a possible new ImmunoBody for prostate cancer. We also have several others in development but do not normally make any announcements until we have developed the vaccine to the point where it is sufficiently advanced to be considered a candidate already ready for clinical development (such as SCIB2)
So Dendreon, you have been warned, but there is precious little you can do about it anyway. Scancell is technologically so far in advance of any other company producing dendritic cell vaccines that its competition might be best advised to prepare for the inevitable. What's that I hear, "Scancell's just a tiny British company with a few million dollars in the bank?" Think again, at the end of this year Scancell is going to be offered up for sale to the highest bidder. The directors have already told the press that they have been approached by suitors so its only a matter of time until the big boys get hold of Scancell's breakthrough DNA technology. Then it really will be curtains for Dendreon.
SELLING THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM
Scancell has a very simple strategy. Produce a better cancer vaccine than the global leader and sell Scancell on to the highest bidder by the end of the year.
So far only one company has had a therapeutic cancer vaccine approved for commercial use by the FDA. The Dendreon Corporation. Dendreon is therefore the one and only global leader in therapeutic cancer vaccines. But each treatment uses the blood of the patient to prepare it, so because of rejection, can only be given to one person at a time. This is inordinately expensive. So Dendreon's business model has proved to be fatally flawed with each course of treatment costing more than $90,000!
Scancell has found a way round this. It has patented a technology capable of providing the same treatment without having to extract the patient's blood first. Scancell's DNA vaccine can be given to any number of patients from the same batch so is therefore more cost effective, leaving plenty of room for profit.
In other words Scancell has found a short cut to becoming 'King of the Hill.' Whoever buys Scancell and brings its vaccines to market will become straight away the global leader of the cancer vaccine market. That's what's on offer. The keys to the kingdom. And in the expected bidding war to come, that's what will be fought over.
The Intellectual Property of Scancell's skin cancer vaccine, SCIB1, alone has been valued at a billion dollars! But Scancell's DNA vaccine technology allows its vaccines to be reprogrammed to treat different cancers. In fact, any kind of cancer. Indeed its already started the ball rolling for whoever buys Scancell by pre-preparing a second vaccine to treat lung cancer.
The industry will pay at least £12 a share (around $4 billion) for Scancell's existing vaccines in combination with its reprogrammable vaccine platform. They wont be able to resist it. If a company doesn't buy Scancell they hand over to the competition the top global position in cancer vaccines for a generation. A wise person will know that no pharmaceutical company can stand by and let that happen! Four billion dollars will prevent such a disaster. For they will fight like dogs to get Scancell. And as they do, its shares will rise and rise. In the end they could climb even higher than £12.