Portage Biotech Hosting Key Opinion Leader Event on Targeting the Adenosine Pathway in Cancer

Feb 27, 2023 at 4:05 PM EST

Targeting Adenosine for Cancer:
Challenging Past Assumptions with Next-Generation Small Molecule Inhibitors

Thursday, March 9th @ 10:30 am ET

WESTPORT, Conn., Feb. 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Portage Biotech Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTG), a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company advancing novel multi-targeted therapies for use as single agents and in combination, today announced that it will host a key opinion leader (KOL) webinar on targeting the adenosine pathway in cancer on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 10:30 am Eastern Time.

A critical mechanism of cancer immune evasion is the generation of high levels of immunosuppressive adenosine within the tumor microenvironment. Engagement with adenosine receptors A2A and A2B can suppress effector cell function and promote immunosuppression. Portage’s virtual KOL event will discuss what can be learned from agents that target adenosine for the treatment of cancer, and how Portage plans to augment an immune response with its next-generation small molecule adenosine 2A and adenosine 2B inhibitors.

Featuring Lawrence Fong, MD, from The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Sumit Subudhi, M.D., Ph.D., from MD Anderson Cancer Center, this event will cover the immunologic rationale and current clinical landscape that set the foundation for Portage’s development approach. The Portage team will also provide an update on the progress of its adenosine-targeted candidates along with the Company’s approach to personalize treatment by using biomarkers to identify patients likely to benefit the most from this drug class.

A live question and answer session will follow the formal presentations. To register for the event, please click here.

Lawrence Fong, M.D., is the Efim Guzik Distinguished Professor in Cancer Biology and leads the Cancer Immunotherapy Program at UCSF. He also co-directs the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at UCSF and co-leads the Cancer Immunology Program in the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is a physician-scientist in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology directing both a translational research program and a research lab. He has focused on cancer immunotherapy for over 20 years and has been involved in both pre-clinical and clinical studies of FDA-approved immunotherapies including sipuleucel-T and immune checkpoint inhibitors. Dr. Fong's research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that underlie clinical response and resistance to immunotherapies. This work includes tracking antigen-specific T cell responses in treated cancer patients and developing biomarkers that are associated with clinical outcomes. The Cancer Immunotherapy Program that he directs performs early phase and high risk clinical trials across different disease indications. This program also includes a translational laboratory that performs mechanistic studies on samples derived from patients undergoing treatment.

Sumit Subudhi, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. A trained medical oncologist and immunologist, his research focuses on investigating the immunological mechanisms contributing to anti-tumor immunity and immune-related adverse events. He serves as principal investigator of multiple biomarker-enriched clinical trials evaluating immunotherapies for patients with advanced prostate cancer.

About Portage Biotech Inc.        
Portage is a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company advancing multi-targeted therapies to extend survival and significantly improve the lives of patients with cancer. Lead programs in the Portage portfolio include first-in-class invariant natural killer T cell (iNKT) small molecule engagers and best-in-class adenosine antagonists. These programs are being advanced using innovative trial designs and translational data to identify the patient populations most likely to benefit from treatment. The Company’s unique business model leverages a strong network of academic experts and large pharma partners to rapidly and efficiently advance multiple products. For more information, please visit www.portagebiotech.com, follow us on Twitter at @PortageBiotech or find us on LinkedIn at Portage Biotech Inc.

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