Tocagen June 2015 Newsletter

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Tocagen Appoints Independent Board Members
In The News
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June 2015

Welcome to the June edition of the Tocagen Newsletter! We have made exciting progress with our broadly applicable, immuno-oncology platform and our company continues to advance on multiple fronts. Here are some highlights:

  • Appointment of 4 independent board members
  • FDA agreement for our Phase 2/3 registrational trial
  • Recognition of our program in a variety of media reports
  • An important peer reviewed publication supporting the intravenous delivery of Toca 511
  • Numerous data presentations at leading scientific conferences

Please stay tuned for more updates and thank you for your continued support in our fight against cancer.

The Tocagen team.

Tocagen Appoints Independent Board Members

We are in the process of building an expert independent board commensurate with our growth and progress. The four board appointees below have extensive expertise and experience including serving on corporate boards.

Faheem smFaheem Hasnain, president and chief executive officer of Receptos, Inc. (Nasdaq: RCPT), is a distinguished industry leader with over 30 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. Read the news release.

Berger smFranklin M. Berger, CFA, a founder and managing director of FMB Research, is a biotechnology industry analyst with over 25 years of experience in capital markets and financial analysis. He will serve as the chairman of a newly formed audit committee. Read the news release.

Dr. Schimmel 73 x 100 smPaul Schimmel, Ph.D., Hahn professor of molecular biology and chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute, is an industry and academic leader with deep experience developing new treatments for unmet medical needs and building successful companies.Read the news release.

Parkinson smDavid R. Parkinson, M.D., is a venture partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and has deep oncology drug development expertise. Read the news release.

In The News

Asha Das SmallAsha Das, MD appointed as Vice President, Clinical Development and Medical Affairs. Previously, Dr. Das led activities surrounding the approval and launch of Avastin® for glioblastoma. Read the news release.

aanscns-logo-smTocagen announced FDA agreement for our Phase 2/3 registrational trial and presentation of updated survival data at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Section on Tumors. Read the news release.

US News Health smUS News article mentions Toca 511 in an article titled “Harnessing the Immune System to Combat Aggressive Brain Tumors: A look at new hope to extend the lives of patients with glioblastoma.” Read the article.

UT San Diego smToca 511 and a quote from CEO Harry Gruber, MD were included in an article about Dr. Theodore Friedmann’s receipt of the prestigious Japan Prize for gene therapy. Read the article.

GEN-logo-smToca 511 & Toca FC highlighted in Genetic Engineering News: Gene Therapy Comes of Age article. Read the article.

Musella FoundationThe Musella Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of families dealing with brain cancer, recently announced a grant award to Tocagen to support preclinical compatibility testing of Toca 511 with 5-ALA or tumor treating fields.

Henry Ford Health System Logo smTom Mikkelsen, M.D., co-director of the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center at Henry Ford on Toca 511 & Toca FC: “This promising therapy represents a radically different approach to killing virulent brain cancer, and offers hope for improving the current prognosis while minimizing side effects.” Read the news release.

Tocagen Publications and Presentations

TiffanyIntravenous administration of Toca 511 demonstrates preclinical efficacy in tumor model. Congratulations to lead author Tiffany Huang, Ph.D. and her co-authors! Read the abstract.

Tocagen’s Chief Medical Officer BioTechPreso sm Skillings, MD presented “Attacking Malignant Glioma Using a Non-lytic Virus” at the Brain Tumor Biotech Summit in New York.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATocagen’s Joan Robbins, Ph.D. participated on a panel discussion at CALBIO on the topic of gene therapy. Read the details. She was also lead author for online ASCO abstract “Additive therapeutic effect of a non-lytic retroviral replicating vector (Toca 511) and 5-fluorocytosine in combination with lomustine in experimental glioma models.” Read the abstract.

American SocietyTocagen scientists and collaborators had multiple presentations at the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy 18th Annual Meeting in New Orleans:

  • Derek SmDerek Ostertag, Ph.D. presented a poster on the broad susceptibility of cancer cells to Tocagen’s treatment.
  • kadir smKader Yagiz, Ph.D. presented a poster showing the effect of Tocagen’s treatment in a preclinical model of colon cancer.
  • Akihito smTocagen collaborator Akihito Inagaki reported that Tocagen’s treatment in a preclinical model of breast cancer brain metastases showed statistically significant (p<0.0001) survival benefit over controls.

View conference details.

logo_SABPA_smTocagen presented “Immunotherapy for High Grade Glioma-The Tocagen Experience” at the SABPA Sci & Tech Symposium: “Immunotherapy, the New Frontier of Disease Treatment.” View conference details.

SNOWe had 6 scientific presentations at SNO 2014 relating to Toca 511 & Toca FC. Read the data summary.

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