Cellectis Wins 2016 Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award for Healthcare
Published on September 28, 2016
September 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 won EuropaBio’s 2016 Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award for the healthcare category. The Awards program represents a unique annual initiative (now in its seventh year) that recognizes innovative biotech small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe and the crucial role that they play in answering some of society’s greatest challenges through biotechnology.
Cellectis’ selection was based on the Company’s contribution to and impact on the global healthcare and life sciences industries via its development and therapeutic application of allogeneic CAR T-cell immunotherapies that target cancer. In this process, T-cells from healthy donors are genetically edited with Cellectis’ TALEN® technology to seek and destroy cancer cells.
“It is an honor for Cellectis to receive this award for our pioneering gene editing technology and immunotherapies, which will bring cutting-edge cancer treatment globally to patients who have high unmet medical needs,” said Dr. André Choulika, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cellectis. “As we work hard to bring our product candidates to patients, programs like the EuropaBio SME Awards create an environment of strong support and a platform for discussing continuing innovation for bioscience companies across the board.”
“Raising the profile for innovative biotech companies in Europe, both collectively and individually, offers the opportunity to demonstrate the enormous potential of our entrepreneurs in this sector,” added Tom Saylor, Chairman of the EuropaBio SME Platform. “Finalists enjoy the chance to showcase their capabilities to potential partners, investors and collaborators, and past finalists have shown that this award can provide a platform for access to resources and exposure that can contribute to ongoing success in the future.”