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Prospective Grant of Exclusive License: Development of a ME-TARP Based Immunotherapy

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AGENCY:

National Institutes of Health, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

This is notice, in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7, that the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, is contemplating the grant of an exclusive patent license to practice the inventions embodied in the following U.S. Patents and Patent Applications to PDS Biotechnology Corporation (“PDS”) located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA:

Intellectual Property

1. United States Provisional Patent Application No. 60/476,467, filed June 5, 2003, entitled “Immunogenic Peptides and Peptide Derivatives For The Treatment of Prostate And Breast Cancer Treatment” [HHS Reference No. E-116-2003/0-US-01];

2. International Patent Application No. PCT/US2004/17574 filed June 2, 2004 entitled “Immunogenic Peptides And Peptide Derivatives For The Treatment of Prostate And Breast Cancer Treatment” [HHS Reference No. E-116-2003/0-PCT-02];

3. United States Patent No.7,541,035, issued June 2, 2009, entitled “Immunogenic Peptides And Peptide Derivatives For The Treatment of Prostate And Breast Cancer Treatment” [HHS Reference No. E-116-2003/0-US-03];

4. United States Patent No. 8,043,623, issued 25 Oct 2011, entitled “Immunogenic Peptides and Peptide Derivatives For The Treatment of Prostate And Breast Cancer Treatment” [HHS Reference No. E-116-2003/0-US-04];

5. United States Provisional Patent Application No. 61/915,948, filed December 13, 2013, entitled “Multi-Epitope TARP Peptide Vaccine and Uses Thereof” [HHS Reference No. E-047-2014/0-US-01];

6. International Patent Application No. PCT/US2014/070144 filed December 12, 2014 entitled “Multi-Epitope TARP Peptide Vaccine and Uses Thereof” [HHS Reference No. E-047-2014/0-PCT-02]; and all continuation applications, divisional applications and foreign counterpart applications claiming priority to the US provisional application no. 61/915, 948.

The patent rights in these inventions have been assigned to the government of the United States of America.

The prospective exclusive license territory may be worldwide and the Start Printed Page 59799field of use will be limited to the use of Licensed Patent Rights for the following Fields of Use:

1. Development and Commercialization of an ME-TARP-based therapy containing at least one cationic lipid within the scope of the Licensed Patent Rights.

2. Development and Commercialization of a cell based therapeutic product with ME-TARP for Prostate Cancer.

DATES:

Only written comments and/or applications for a license which are received by the NIH Office of Technology Transfer on or before November 2, 2015 will be considered.

ADDRESSES:

Requests for copies of the patent application, inquiries, and comments relating to the contemplated exclusive license should be directed to: Sabarni K. Chatterjee, Ph.D., M.B.A. Senior Licensing and Patenting Manager, NCI Technology Transfer Center, 9609 Medical Center Drive, RM 1E530 MSC 9702, Bethesda, MD 20892-9702 (for business mail), Rockville, MD 20850-9702; Telephone: (240) 276-5530; Facsimile: (240) 276-5504; Email: chatterjeesa@mail.nih.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This invention concerns the identification of immunogenic peptides within TARP, and their use to create an anti-cancer immune response in patients. By introducing these peptides into a patient, an immune response against these cancer cells can be initiated by the peptides, resulting in treatment of the cancer. A phase I clinical trial in stage D0 prostate cancer patients is nearing completion. Initial results indicate a statistically significant decrease in the slope of PSA for 48 weeks after vaccination.

The technology has the potential of being developed into a vaccine for various cancer indications or for the treatment of any cancer associated with increased or preferential expression of TARP.

The prospective exclusive license will be royalty bearing and will comply with the terms and conditions of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7. The prospective exclusive license may be granted unless within thirty (30) days from the date of this published notice, the NIH receives written evidence and argument that establishes that the grant of the license would not be consistent with the requirements of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7.

Complete applications for a license in the field of use filed in response to this notice will be treated as objections to the grant of the contemplated exclusive license. Comments and objections submitted to this notice will not be made available for public inspection and, to the extent permitted by law, will not be released under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552.

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Dated: September 28, 2015.

Richard U. Rodriguez,

Acting Director, Office of Technology Transfer, National Institutes of Health.

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[FR Doc. 2015-24989 Filed 10-1-15; 8:45 am]

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