Monash University and Corvus Pharmaceuticals enter into exclusive license agreement for Novel Immuno-Oncology Program


Monash University and Corvus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRVS), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, have announced today they have entered into an exclusive agreement. Under the agreement, Corvus has licensed global rights to an undisclosed novel immuno-oncology program, which includes a lead product candidate from Monash University.

Corvus Pharmaceuticals, which focuses on the development and commercialisation of novel immuno-oncology therapies, plans to develop any product candidates that result from the collaboration. These would be developed as monotherapies and potentially as combination therapies with its existing product candidates that target the adenosine receptor pathway. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“This novel immuno-oncology program, developed at one of the leading universities in Australia, has the potential to bolster our drug development capabilities within, and outside of, the adenosine receptor pathway,” said Richard A. Miller, MD, an oncologist and co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Corvus.

“With this program, we are combining our strong internal R&D with promising new targets and product candidates from an in-licensing opportunity to build a deep immuno-oncology pipeline.”

“With Corvus’ strengths in immunology and oncology and its clinical translational platform, we believe it is well-positioned to advance this promising program into clinical development,” said Professor John Carroll, Director of the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University.

“Professor Charles MacKay and Dr. Remy Robert have created a first-class asset for the treatment of cancer.  We look forward to collaborating with the Corvus team to help them develop improved therapies for patients,” Professor Carroll said.

About Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University

Committed to making the discoveries that will relieve the future burden of disease, the newly established Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University brings together more than 120 internationally-renowned research teams. Monash University’s researchers are supported by world-class technology and infrastructure, and partner with industry, clinicians and researchers internationally to enhance lives through discovery.

About Corvus Pharmaceuticals

Corvus Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of small molecule and antibody agents that target the immune system to treat patients with cancer. These agents block or modify crucial immune checkpoints and reprogram immune T-cells. Corvus’ lead product, CPI-444, is a checkpoint inhibitor that is designed to disable a tumor’s ability to subvert attack by the immune system by inhibiting adenosine in the tumor microenvironment. CPI-444 is a small molecule that is taken orally. CPI-444 is currently being evaluated in a multicenter Phase 1/1b clinical trial in patients with various solid tumors. This successive expansion cohort trial is examining the activity of CPI-444 both as a single agent and in combination with Genentech’s Tecentriq® (atezolizumab), an anti-PD-L1 antibody. Corvus is conducting the trial with Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, under a clinical trial collaboration the two companies entered into in October 2015. For more information, visit

Tecentriq® is a registered trademark of Genentech.

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