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The ADC Jigsaw

The decades-old war on cancer has yet to be won. While progress has been significant in many indications, mortality rates for some of the most difficult to treat solid tumour types have not improved substantially since the 1970s. For oesophagus and lung cancer, 10-year survival statistics have shown an increase of less than 10%, and pancreatic cancer has shown no improvement at all (1). Furthermore, even in cancers such as melanoma, breast, and uterine where survival rates have improved, more efficacious treatments with fewer debilitating side effects are needed.

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Dr Jenny Thirlway leads Iksuda’s ADC programmes, including the preclinical demonstration of Iksuda’s proprietary PermaLink® conjugation chemistry, the exemplification of novel toxin platforms, and the evaluation of partnered antibodies/ alternative scaffolds, focused on the development of a proofof- concept stage ADC portfolio. Jenny has a post-doctoral background in biochemistry and significant experience in the development of biologics, including antibody-based therapeutics and biosimilars.
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