OncoSec Collaborates with Smart Patients to Form New Online Community for Patients
Co-Founded by Former Chief Health Strategist of Google
SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- OncoSec Medical Inc. (OTCQB: ONCS), a company developing its advanced-stage ImmunoPulse DNA-based immunotherapy and NeoPulse therapy to treat solid tumors, is one of the first to partner with Smart Patients: a new online community where patients with life-threatening conditions who are looking for or participating in clinical trials can share their feedback and experiences. Google's former Chief Health Strategist, Roni Zeiger, will be speaking at the TEDMED conference in Washington, D.C. today to unveil the new website.
OncoSec is working with Smart Patients to create a community for Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) patients. MCC is an extremely rare and aggressive form of skin cancer that currently has no approved therapies. OncoSec is conducting the only active Phase II immunotherapy trial that is focused specifically on the disease. The Smart Patients partnership will provide valuable insight from patients to help improve clinical trial design and enable better collaboration with patients.
"We're excited to be working with Dr. Zeiger, and to be a part of creating this valuable resource for the Merkel cell community," said OncoSec's CEO, Punit Dhillon. "One of the most frightening parts of being diagnosed with a rare disease like MCC is a lack of information about the condition and treatment options. Smart Patients is providing an important resource to help patients connect and learn from each other."
Roni Zeiger, co-founder and CEO of Smart Patients, noted, "Together with OncoSec, we will be able to gain a better understanding of MCC from a patient perspective, and help design more patient-centered trials that will make scientific breakthroughs for this disease available sooner."
About Smart Patients
Smart Patients is an online community for cancer patients and caregivers. The community includes a clinical trial search engine that presents trial data from ClinicalTrials.gov in a patient-friendly format. The community platform has been in private beta testing since January 2013 and is now open to all cancer patients and caregivers. To learn more, please visit us at www.smartpatients.com.
About OncoSec Medical Inc.
OncoSec Medical Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company developing its advanced-stage ImmunoPulse DNA-based immunotherapy and NeoPulse therapy, to treat solid tumors. ImmunoPulse and NeoPulse therapies address an unmet medical need and represent a potential solution, for less invasive and less expensive therapies that are able to minimize detrimental effects resulting from currently available cancer treatments such as surgery, systemic chemotherapy or immunotherapy and other treatment alternatives. OncoSec Medical's core technology is based upon its proprietary use of an electroporation platform, to dramatically enhance the delivery and uptake of a locally delivered DNA-based immunocytokine (ImmunoPulse) or chemotherapeutic agent (NeoPulse). Treatment of various solid cancers, using these powerful and targeted anti-cancer agents, has demonstrated selective destruction of cancerous cells - while sparing healthy normal tissues - during early and late stage clinical trials. OncoSec's clinical programs include three Phase II clinical trials for ImmunoPulse, targeting lethal skin cancers. More information is available at http://www.oncosec.com/.
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