Cellectis Named 2016 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum
Published on June 27, 2016
June 27, 2016 – New York (USA) – Cellectis (Alternext: ALCLS – Nasdaq: CLLS), a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing immunotherapies based on gene edited CAR T-cells (UCART), today announced that the Company has been selected as a 2016 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, a credential that is awarded annually to the most innovative and impactful companies developing new technologies around the world.
Cellectis’ selection was based on its contribution to and impact on the global healthcare and life sciences industries via the Company’s development and therapeutic application of allogeneic CAR T-cell immunotherapies targeting cancer. In this process, T-cells from healthy donors are genetically edited with Cellectis’ proprietary TALEN® technology to seek and destroy cancer cells.
In late 2015 and early 2016, two groundbreaking compassionate care cases have been reported with UCART19, an “off-the-shelf” gene edited T-cell product that has been designed and manufactured by Cellectis.
“We are thrilled to be recognized for our achievements and honored to share this title alongside other global creators, innovators, scientists and business leaders who are constantly raising the bar with their expertise, ideas and technologies,” said Dr. André Choulika, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cellectis. “This collaboration, facilitated by the World Economic Forum, is an important building block for the future of scientific and technological breakthroughs and fits perfectly into Cellectis’ strategy of developing innovative products in an effort to eradicate cancer.”
“The World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneers community recognizes companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies that are poised to have a significant impact on business and society,” said Fulvia Montresor, Head of Technology Pioneers, World Economic Forum. “Technology Pioneers are companies that develop and apply the most innovative and transformational technologies in diverse fields, and the work that’s undertaken by these companies holds the promise of significantly affecting the way that business and societies operate. Each innovation is another step in society's attempt to harness, adapt and utilize technology to change and improve our world.”