Juno Therapeutics

Juno Therapeutics is a local start-up that has been making waves over the past few months for their novel treatment of an extremely aggressive cancer, lymphoblastic leukemia. A patient’s t-cells are extracted, genetically modified and then infused back in to the patient. In a recent 16-patient trial, 88% of the patients achieved complete remission.

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) accounts for 70% of all childhood leukemia cases, which makes it the most prevalent childhood cancer. It has a 80-90% rate of remission, however approximately 50% of those patients relapse. Proving the efficacy of Juno’s treatment in ALL patients seems to be just the first step for this start-up. Juno has an extremely talented team of founders that are the leading experts in cancer research and bring together  an impressive collaboration of multiple (and sometimes competing) treatment and research institutions.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s