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MilliporeSigma Awards Grant to Combined Therapeutics for its Nucleic Acid Platform That, with Virotherapy, Targets Liver Cancer

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  • Nucleic acid platform combined with virotherapy targets cancerous cells while protecting healthy tissue of key organs
  • Company to receive in-kind MilliporeSigma products, consultation in downstream processing, formulation excipients and sterile filtration

Burlington, Massachusetts, October 19, 2020 — MilliporeSigma today announced that Combined Therapeutics Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been selected as the North American winner of its 2020 Advance Biotech Grant Program. The biotechnology company was selected for its innovative nucleic acid platform which, combined with virotherapy, has the potential to treat liver cancer by using a lipid nanoparticle delivery system.

“We help pioneering biotech companies bring lifesaving drugs to market, faster,” said Andrew Bulpin, head of Process Solutions at MilliporeSigma. “Combined Therapeutics’ platform shows promise to treat liver cancer, which affects thousands of people across the world each year.”

As part of the award, Combined Therapeutics Inc. will receive in-kind MilliporeSigma products and consultation in downstream processing, formulation excipients and sterile filtration.

Combined Therapeutics Inc. is in pre-clinical development of a platform to treat cancer by targeting solid tumors while protecting the healthy tissue of key organs. Virotherapy is treatment that uses a modified virus to target and destroy cancer cells. However, this approach can often lead to low patient response and safety concerns due to poor targeting. Combined Therapeutics aims to direct and enhance virotherapies while preventing off-target effects. With its potential to target specific cells only, this combined approach shows promise to be a safe and effective therapy for cancer.

“MilliporeSigma’s expertise in large biomolecule filtration, scale-up and extensive range of excipients will play a pivotal role in moving this project forward to GMP and clinical trials,” said Romain Micol, CEO, Combined Therapeutics Inc. “We are honored to have been selected as the winner of MilliporeSigma’s Advance Biotech Grant, and we look forward to the collaboration.”

Since 2014, MilliporeSigma’s Advance Biotech Grant Program has awarded technologies and consultation to 28 biotechnology companies. These grants have been used to support biotech companies whose missions are to help patients suffering from cancer, brain tumors, osteoarthritis and cardiovascular disorders.

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About Combined Therapeutics Inc.

Combined Therapeutics Inc. (CTx) is a pre-clinical-stage biotech in the game-changing segment of cancer research that is immunotherapy. The company is converging nanomedicine and biotechnology to enhance the tumoral cells and the tumoral microenvironment targeting. Based in Cambridge, MA, Combined Therapeutics Inc. (CTx) is an immuno-oncology spin-out from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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