TAMPA, Fla., May 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Oxis Biotech, Inc. (OXIS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Oxis International, Inc. OTC: OXIS, OXI.PA, announced today that Cassian Yee, M.D., Professor, Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center joined its scientific advisory board. Dr. Yee is also Professor, Department of Immunology, Division of Cancer Medicine, and Director, Solid Tumor Cell Therapy, Center for Cancer Immunology Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Dr. Yee previously held the position of Professor in Division of Oncology at the University of Washington, and was a Member in the Department of Immunology, Clinical Research Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Yee received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba in Canada, and trained as a research fellow at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto before continuing his medical residency at Stanford University. Dr. Yee completed his fellowship in medical oncology, and postdoctoral research studies at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Yee is a recipient of the Cancer Research Institute Investigator Award, and the Damon Runyon Walter Winchell Clinical Investigator Award. Dr. Yee is also a Burroughs Wellcome Scientist in Translational Research, and has been elected a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.
Dr. Yee's research has been focused on the isolation of autologous antigen-specific T cells from the peripheral blood, manipulation of immune modulating parameters to enhance effector function and persistence, and their expansion to numbers sufficient for adoptive transfer and in vivo tracking. Dr. Yee and his team described the first successful use of a patient's own T-cells as the sole therapy to put advanced melanoma into long-term remission. Recently, Dr. Yee demonstrated for the first time that human T cells can become long lasting memory cells after infusion, and when combined with a checkpoint inhibitor, halt tumor growth in patients with metastatic melanoma.
"We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with Cassian again, and we look forward to his helping us build Oxis into a leading cancer immunotherapy company," said Anthony J. Cataldo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Oxis Biotech.
About Oxis Biotech, Inc.
Oxis Biotech is a cancer immunotherapy company developing innovative therapies focused on the treatment of cancer. Oxis' immunotherapy platform includes bispecific immune cell engagers, antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), and novel small molecule therapeutics targeting B-cell malignancies and certain solid tumors such as triple negative breast cancer. OXIS' lead drug candidate, OXS-2175, is being developed for the treatment of triple-negative breast cancer. In in vitro and in vivo models of TNBC, OXS-2175 demonstrated the ability to inhibit metastasis. OXIS' lead drug candidate, OXS-4235, is being developed for the treatment of multiple myeloma and associated osteolytic lesions. In in vitro and in vivo models of multiple myeloma and osteoporosis, OXS-4235 demonstrated the ability to kill multiple myeloma cells, and decrease osteolytic lesions in bone.
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