VBL Therapeutics Awarded $2.9 Million Non-Dilutive Grant by the Israel Innovation Authority
TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VBL Therapeutics (Nasdaq: VBLT) (the “Company”) today announced that it has been awarded a non-dilutive grant of over 10 million New Israeli Shekels (approximately $2.9 million) by the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) for 2019. The funds will support the continued development of the Company’s lead product candidate, VB-111, a first-in-class targeted anti-cancer gene-therapy agent. The Company is currently evaluating VB-111 in a potential registration study (OVAL) for the treatment of platinum-resistant ovarian cancer, with further plans to study VB-111 in additional solid tumor indications.
“We are appreciative of the continued substantial support by the IIA of our VB-111 program, which is a vote of confidence in our lead product candidate and its clinical and market potential,” said Prof. Dror Harats, Chief Executive Officer of VBL Therapeutics. “This $2.9 million grant, combined with the more than $53 million in cash on our balance sheet at September 30, 2018, will support our continued development of VB-111 and our other pipeline candidates, including our MOSPD2 programs in oncology and inflammation, through late 2021.”
About the Israel Innovation AuthorityThe Israel Innovation Authority is an independent and impartial public entity that operates for the benefit of the Israeli innovation ecosystem and the country’s economy. For more information, refer to http://www.matimop.org.il.
About VBLVascular Biogenics Ltd., operating as VBL Therapeutics, is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class treatments for cancer. The Company’s lead oncology product candidate, ofranergene obadenovec (VB-111), is a first-in-class, targeted anti-cancer gene-therapy agent that is positioned to treat a wide range of solid tumors. It is conveniently administered as an IV infusion once every two months. It has been observed to be well-tolerated in greater than 300 cancer patients and demonstrated efficacy signals in an “all comers” Phase 1 trial as well as in three tumor-specific Phase 2 studies. Ofranergene obadenovec is currently being studied in a potential registration trial for platinum-resistant ovarian cancer.
About VBL’s VB-600 PlatformVBL is conducting two parallel drug development programs that are exploring the potential of MOSPD2, a protein that VBL has identified as a key regulator of cell motility, as a therapeutic target for inflammatory diseases and cancer. Our VB-600 platform comprises classical anti-MOSPD2 monoclonal antibodies for inflammatory indications, as well as bi-specific antibody candidates for oncology.
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