Cancer treatment illustrates UI, private sector partnership

University of Iowa officials, along with state government leaders and representatives from Coley Pharmaceutical Group of Wellesley, Mass., today celebrated a milestone in Coley's development of a cancer treatment, CPG 7909. This promising anti-cancer agent is based on intellectual property discovered at the UI.

Last March, the UI Research Foundation (UIRF), the entity charged with managing inventions created at the UI, announced it would receive approximately $6.75 million following a license agreement between Coley and Pfizer for development and worldwide commercialization of CPG 7909 (also known as ProMune, or PF-3512676), a cancer treatment that was developed using UI technology. Coley senior executives, including Arthur Krieg, M.D., co-inventor of this technology, chief scientific officer at Coley and a former UI professor of internal medicine, were in Iowa City to meet with UI officials and community and state leaders to discuss CPG 7909's status and potential as a treatment for lung and possibly other cancers.

"This is a shining example of how the public benefits from new knowledge generated at the University of Iowa," said UI President David Skorton. "This promising cancer treatment is a direct result of intellectual property developed in our research laboratories over the past decade that, by partnering this scientific discovery with the private sector, now has the potential to help cancer patients in Iowa and around the world."

Jean Robillard, M.D., dean of the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, lauded the interdisciplinary research effort that went into the development of CPG 7909. "This potential new treatment is possible only through the efforts of many individuals from multiple disciplines, and I am especially proud of our cancer specialists for the role they played, and continue to play, in developing and testing this therapy."

He added that while the success of the UI-Coley partnership enhances the Un

Contact: David Pedersen
University of Iowa

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