ANGES, VICAL TO COLLABORATE ON MELANOMA THERAPY

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Japan-based AnGes has signed a collaboration agreement with U.S. company Vical for Allovectin-7, Vical's proprietary immunotherapeutic for malignant melanoma.

Allovectin-7 (A-7), which consists of a DNA plasmid, can induce tumor immunity, suppressing the growth of cancer.

Under the agreement terms, AnGes will support Phase III clinical trials while receiving the right to develop and market A-7 in Asia. In addition, the partners have concluded a strategic agreement under which AnGes will offer Vical $22.6 million for Phase III clinical trials.