Fannin Innovation Studio
Allterum is a spin-out company out of Fannin Innovation Studio. Fannin Innovation Studio is Houston’s most active biomedical development group focused on developing early stage pharmaceutical and medical device assets, both those in-licensed in from academic institutions and those developed internally.
Fannin’s approach to early-stage commercialization of academic research complements the more traditional academic paths of either out-licensing the technology to industry or spinning it out as a standalone VC-funded startup. In its hybrid approach, Fannin serves as both the management team and the early investor, collaborating with the academic inventors to advance the technology, leveraging grant funding when appropriate.
Fannin evolved this approach as a way to address the biotech development gap in places, like Houston, that have a powerful research engine, but lack the critical mass of commercialization seen in the biotech hubs of Boston and San Francisco. Since inception, Fannin has brought in ~35 programs, of which ~15 are active including three in the clinic. We have had ~$140 million invested across our programs of which ~$35 million was from grant funding, with the rest coming from investors.
An additional critical element to Fannin’s model is helping grow life sciences entrepreneurs locally through its apprenticeship programs. The program includes part-time interns and a 2-year full-time fellowship that is accredited by the Department of Labor. The apprenticeship program has grown to become one of the largest of its kind, with over 250 interns and fellows in the last seven years, with alumni active in institutions and biotech companies across the Houston ecosystem and nationally.
Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
Allterum received one of the first Product Development Seed Awards from Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), including ~ $3 million for preclinical development. CPRIT is a state agency that funds cancer research in Texas. Researchers and organizations in Texas are invited to apply for grants that match CPRIT’s mission and three goals to develop and advance innovation in the area of cancer for the prevention and cure of cancer.
National Cancer Institute
Dr. Scott Durum and his group invented the 4A10 antibody technology and continue to actively collaborate on developing the program. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the federal government’s principal agency for cancer research and training. Established under the National Cancer Institute Act of 1937, NCI is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of 11 agencies that make up the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Texas's Children's Hospital / Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Eric Schafer, Assistant Professor in Pediatrics-Oncology, will be the Chair of Allterum’s Phase I clinical trial, which will include Texas Children’s Hospital as a site. TCH/BCM continues to be one of the premier pediatric hospitals in the nation, most recently tying for 3rd overall Best Children’s Hospital and #3 for pediatric cancer (U.S. News & World Report, 2019).
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Dr. Susan Rheingold, Medical Director of the Oncology Outpatient Clinic and Attending Physician at the Cancer Center of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelpha will be the Vice-Chair of Allterum’s Phase I clinical trial, which will include CHOP as a site.
The Therapeutic Advances in Childhood Leukemia & Lymphoma (TACL)
Los Angeles, CA
Allterum will work with TACL to design, run, and manage its Phase I clinical trial. TACL is a leading organization for clinical trials in pediatric leukemia and lymphoma and brings vast clinical expertise to our program.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Dr. Elias Jabbour, Professor of Medicine in the Department of Leukemia has helped lead clinical development of multiple leukemia drugs and will be our collaborator in the Phase 1 clinical trial which will include MD Anderson as a site. Dr. Eric Jonasch, Professor in the Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology and also the co-chair of the renal cancer program will collaborate with us in our expansion efforts in other IL-7R expressing cancers.
FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies
College Station, Texas
FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies is our manufacturing partner and is currently completing cGMP scale-up and manufacturing of the 4A10 drug in advance of our Phase I clinical trial.
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