MIT Technology Review Names Cellectis on Annual List of 50 Smartest Companies for Second Consecutive Year
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 MIT Technology Review has named the Company on its Annual List of 50 Smartest Companies for the second year in a row. This prestigious list recognizes and celebrates companies that combine innovative technology with an effective and ambitious business model. Each year, the outlet identifies 50 companies that are considered smart in the ways that they create new opportunities.
MIT Technology Review listed immune engineering as one of its 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2016, a field that Cellectis has continued to shape and impact 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. What’s more is that earlier this month, Cellectis also announced that the first patient has been dosed in a Phase I UCART19 study for Leukemia.
“We are honored that MIT Technology Review has once again selected Cellectis for this award and it is truly gratifying to be recognized among such innovative and pioneering industry leaders,” said Dr. André Choulika, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cellectis. “At Cellectis, we make it our mission to not only push the boundaries for what’s possible in the global healthcare and life sciences spaces but also work to redefine what standard cancer treatment looks like for patients in need all over the world.”