Are Medigene empowering T cells to effectively fight cancer?




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Video title: Are Medigene empowering T cells to effectively fight cancer?
Released on: March 15, 2017. © PharmaVentures Ltd
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    Empowering patients on their fight against cancer.
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Empowering patients on their fight against cancer. Medigene AG is a publicly listed (Frankfurt: MDG1, prime standard, TecDAX) biotechnology company headquartered in Martinsried near Munich, Germany. The company is developing highly innovative, complementary treatment platforms to target various types and stages of cancer with candidates in clinical and pre-clinical development. Medigene concentrates on the development of personalized T cell-based immunotherapies. Here is Thomas Taapken, CFO of Medigene, with Adrain Dawkes of PharmaVentures.
Empowering patients on their fight against cancer. Medigene AG is a publicly listed (Frankfurt: MDG1, prime standard, TecDAX) biotechnology company headquartered in Martinsried near Munich, Germany. The company is developing highly innovative, complementary treatment platforms to target various types and stages of cancer with candidates in clinical and pre-clinical development. Medigene concentrates on the development of personalized T cell-based immunotherapies. Here is Thomas Taapken, CFO of Medigene, with Adrain Dawkes of PharmaVentures.
Dr. Taapken spent more than five years at Epigenomics AG, initially as CFO and subsequently, from October 2012, as its CEO/CFO. He led the company’s efforts in gaining regulatory approval for the first blood-based molecular diagnostic cancer screening test by the FDA and oversaw its subsequent introduction into the US market. Before his time at Epigenomics, Dr. Taapken served as CFO at Biotie Therapies Corp. (now Acorda Therapeutics) and its predecessor companies for six years. His extensive international experience in the life sciences industry also includes over seven years as a venture capital investor at DVC Deutsche Venture Capital and San Francisco-based US venture capital firm Burrill & Company. Prior to that, he worked several years at Sanofi (originally Hoechst AG) in the United States and Germany, managing corporate venture capital activities, as well as in the areas of corporate & business development and research. Throughout his career, Dr. Taapken has been involved in numerous transactions spanning acquisitions, mergers and divestitures and helped to raise over EUR 100m through private and public offerings for those companies where he served in executive positions.
Medigene’s T-cell-focused immunotherapy platforms have the potential to treat a wide range of cancers in various stages. Our strategy is to advance our proprietary clinical development programs, beginning with the field of hematological malignancies, and to offer further development options, including solid tumors, to selected partners. Based on our deep science acumen, we aim to further develop and commercialize innovative immunotherapies in areas of high unmet medical need, not only on our own, but also in collaboration with other companies.