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18 June 2021 | Update

SUDA licences a novel iNKT cell therapy platform from Imperial College London

SUDA licences a novel iNKT cell therapy platform from Imperial College London

SUDA Pharmaceuticals Ltd (ASX:SUD) today (18 June 2021) announced that it has signed a global, exclusive Licence Agreement with Imperial College London for a novel invariant Natural Killer T (iNKT) cell therapy platform.

SUDA’s new iNKT cell therapy platform, currently in the preclinical stages and developed by Professor Anastasios Karadimitris at Imperial College London, has been under development for several years. The iNKT cell therapy platform can be used in conjunction with chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) to treat various blood cancers.

Cellular therapies that harness the immune system to treat cancer have ushered in an exciting era in the battle against cancer, with several products resulting in a complete cure for some patients. Still, a limitation for currently approved products is that the cell therapy must be manufactured from a patient’s own cells, making the process cumbersome and costly.


  • SUDA obtains a global, exclusive Licence from Imperial College London for a novel invariant Natural Killer T (iNKT) cell therapy platform for cancer treatment.
  • The iNKT cell platform can be used in conjunction with multiple chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) to target blood cancers.
  • iNKT cells are expected to be suitable for off-the-shelf dosing, as one healthy donor can supply cells to treat many patients.
  • CAR-iNKT cells have been shown to outperform conventional CAR-T cell therapies in preclinical studies.
  • SUDA intends to raise a minimum of $3m through a Placement to sophisticated investors.

Read the full ASX announcement here.

Register for the SUDA investor webinar presentation to be held Monday, 21 June 2021 here.


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