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Vesting of Ichor Options

Scancell Holdings Plc, (AIM: SCLP), the developer of therapeutic cancer vaccines, announces that, further to the commencement of the Phase II clinical trial for SCIB1, the Company’s first cancer vaccine which is being developed for the treatment of melanoma, 3,184,620 options previously granted to ICHOR Medical Systems Inc ('ICHOR') have now vested. 

As announced on 10 July 2010, ICHOR was granted options over a total of 7,961,560 ordinary shares in the Company (as adjusted for the subdivision of the Company’s share capital announced on 30 June 2011). The subscription price payable upon exercise of the options is 4.5p per share. The options were originally granted under a License and Supply Agreement ('the Agreement') dated 13 July 2009 made between Scancell and ICHOR. 

Under the terms of the Agreement, ICHOR agreed to supply its TriGrid™ electroporation device for Scancell's pre-clinical and clinical studies with SCIB1 and gave Scancell an option to license TriGrid™ for commercial use on achievement of certain milestones and payment of royalties. 

In return, ICHOR was granted options to subscribe for ordinary shares in the Company. The options vest as follows: 1,592,310 options vested on regulatory approval being granted to start clinical trials in the UK (which has already occurred); 3,184,620 options vested on starting the first Phase II clinical trial (which has recently occurred); and 3,184,630 options will vest on completing the first Phase II clinical trial. Each tranche of the options may be exercised at any time in the five year period after the relevant vesting date. 

A copy of this announcement is available for download on the Company’s website at http://www.scancell.co.uk/ 

-ENDS-

For further information contact:

Professor Lindy Durrant/Dr Richard Goodfellow  Scancell Holdings Plc  + 44 (0)207 653 9850 
Graham Herring/ Heather Armstrong  Newgate Threadneedle  + 44 (0)207 653 9850 
Ross Andrews/Tom Rowley  Zeus Capital  + 44 (0)161 831 1512 

 

About Scancell 

Scancell is developing novel therapeutic vaccines for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases based on its groundbreaking ImmunoBody® technology platform. Scancell’s first cancer vaccine, SCIB1, is being developed for the treatment of melanoma and is in Phase II clinical trials. 

Treating cancer by vaccination allows small non-toxic doses of a vaccine to be administered to a patient, stimulating an immune response. Effective cancer vaccines need to target dendritic cells to stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system; the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site; and the cytotoxic T-lymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells. 

A limitation of many cancer vaccines currently in development is that they cannot specifically target dendritic cells in vivo. Several groups have demonstrated successful vaccination by growing dendritic cells ex vivo, pulsing them with tumour antigens and re-infusing them. However, this procedure is patient specific, time consuming and expensive. Scancell has developed its breakthrough patent protected ImmunoBody® technology to overcome these limitations. 

An ImmunoBody® is a DNA vaccine encoding a human antibody or fusion protein engineered to express helper cell and CTL epitopes from tumour antigens over-expressed by cancer cells. Antibodies are ideal vectors for carrying T cell epitopes from tumour antigens as they can effectively target dendritic cells via their Fc receptors, allowing efficient stimulation of high avidity and high frequency helper and CTL responses. 

The ImmunoBody® technology can be adapted to provide the basis for treating any tumour type and may also be of potential utility in the development of vaccines against hepatitis, HIV and other chronic infectious diseases. 

About Ichor Medical Systems 

Ichor Medical Systems’ TriGrid™ Delivery System (TriGrid) i s the first integrated and fully automated device for electroporation-mediated DNA administration in humans. Ichor, a privately-held biotech company based in San Diego, CA, is collaborating with partners on four continents to provide its enabling TriGrid platform as a means for delivery of DNA drugs and vaccines in disease indications such as melanoma, malaria, hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, melanoma, Alzheimer’s disease, and others. For further info visit www.ichorms.com. 

SCIB1: First patient treated in Phase II clinical trial

Scancell Holdings Plc, (AIM: SCLP), the developer of therapeutic cancer vaccines, is pleased to announce the recruitment and treatment of the first patient in the second part of its Phase I/II clinical trial of SCIB1, its DNA ImmunoBody® vaccine being developed for the treatment of melanoma. The Phase II part of the trial will be conducted in five UK centres in thirteen patients with Stage III/IV disease to further assess the safety of treatment and to assess the cellular immune response induced by SCIB1. Patients will be treated with a 4mg dose of SCIB1 on five occasions over a period of 6 months. The study is expected to take 18 months to complete. 

Professor Lindy Durrant, Joint CEO of Scancell Holdings and Professor of Cancer Immunotherapy at Nottingham University, commented: 

“Although the recruitment of patients to early stage cancer studies can be very challenging, we expect recruitment for the Phase II part of the study to be substantially faster than for Phase I as we will not be constrained by the cohort study design required for dose escalation, there are more patients available and they are likely to have earlier stage disease.” 

For further information contact:

Scancell Holdings Plc  Dr Richard Goodfellow / Professor Lindy Durrant  + 44 (0)20 7653 9850* 
Newgate Threadneedle (Financial PR)  Graham Herring / Heather Armstrong  + 44 (0)20 7653 9850 
Zeus Capital - Nominated Adviser/Joint Broker  Ross Andrews/Tom Rowley  + 44 (0)161 831 1512 
XCAP - Joint Broker  Jon Belliss/ Adrian Kirk  +44 (0)207 101 7070 

*calls to this number will reach Newgate Threadneedle, at Scancell’s instruction. 

About Scancell 

Scancell is developing novel therapeutic vaccines for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases based on its groundbreaking ImmunoBody® technology platform. Scancell’s first cancer vaccine SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma and is currently in Phase II clinical trials. 

Treating cancer by vaccination allows small non-toxic doses of a vaccine to be administered to a patient, stimulating an immune response. Effective cancer vaccines need to target dendritic cells to stimulate both parts of 

the cellular immune system; the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site; and the cytotoxic T-lymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells. 

A limitation of many cancer vaccines currently in development is that they cannot specifically target dendritic cells in vivo. Several groups have demonstrated successful vaccination by growing dendritic cells ex vivo, pulsing them with tumour antigens and re-infusing them. However, this procedure is patient specific, time consuming and expensive. Scancell has developed its breakthrough patent protected ImmunoBody® technology to overcome these limitations. 

An ImmunoBody® is a human antibody or fusion protein engineered to express helper cell and CTL epitopes from tumour antigens over-expressed by cancer cells. Antibodies are ideal vectors for carrying T cell epitopes from tumour antigens as they have long half-lives and can effectively target dendritic cells via their Fc receptors, allowing efficient stimulation of both helper and CTL responses. 

The Immunobody® technology can be adapted to provide the basis for treating any tumour type and may also be of potential utility in the development of vaccines against hepatitis, HIV and other chronic infectious diseases. 

SCIB1 Trial Update

Scancell Holdings Plc, (AIM: SCLP), the developer of therapeutic cancer vaccines, is pleased to announce the completion of recruitment to the Phase I clinical trial of SCIB1, its DNA ImmunoBody® vaccine being developed for the treatment of melanoma. The trial is being conducted in five UK centres in patients with Stage III/IV disease, and it is anticipated that Phase II trials will commence in the next few weeks. 

Scancell has obtained approval from the Cohort Review Committee to commence the Phase II study using the 4mg dose, the highest dose used in the Phase I part of the study. The approval is based upon safety data collected after all patients have been treated for 6 weeks. The Phase I patients will continue to be treated and followed up for a total of 6 months. 

Professor Lindy Durrant, Joint CEO of Scancell Holdings and Professor of Cancer Immunotherapy at Nottingham University, commented: 

“The recruitment of patients to early stage cancer studies can be very challenging and it is a tribute to both the dedicated Scancell team and the efforts of our clinical investigators that we have now completed recruitment for the Phase I part of the study. We expect recruitment for Phase II to be substantially faster than for Phase I and hope to treat the first patient in this part of the study within the next few weeks.” 

For further information contact: 

Scancell Holdings Plc  Dr Richard Goodfellow / Professor Lindy Durrant  + 44 (0)20 7653 9850*
Newgate Threadneedle (Financial PR)  Guy McDougall / Heather Armstrong  + 44 (0)20 7653 9850 
Zeus Capital - Nominated Adviser/Joint Broker  Ross Andrews/Tom Rowley  + 44 (0)161 831 1512 
XCAP - Joint Broker  Jon Belliss/ Adrian Kirk 

+44 (0)207 101 7070 

*calls to this number will reach Newgate Threadneedle, at Scancell’s instruction

Holdings in Company

The Company announces that it has received notification that Helium Special Situations Fund Limited has a beneficial interest in Scancell Holdings of 15,556,940 ordinary shares of 0.1 pence each which represents approximately 8.0 per cent of the issued capital of the Company.

For further information contact: 

Scancell Holdings Plc  Dr Richard Goodfellow / Professor Lindy Durrant  + 44 (0)20 7653 9850*
Newgate Threadneedle (Financial PR)  Guy McDougall/ Heather Armstrong  + 44 (0)20 7653 9850 
Zeus Capital - Nominated Adviser/Joint Broker  Ross Andrews/Tom Rowley  + 44 (0)161 831 1512 
XCAP - Joint Broker  Jon Belliss/ Adrian Kirk 

+44 (0)207 101 7070 

*calls to this number will reach Newgate Threadneedle, at Scancell’s instruction

About Scancell

Scancell is developing novel therapeutic vaccines for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases based on its groundbreaking ImmunoBody® technology platform. Scancell’s first cancer vaccine SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma and entered clinical trials in 2010.

Treating cancer by vaccination allows small non-toxic doses of a vaccine to be administered to a patient, stimulating an immune response. Effective cancer vaccines need to target dendritic cells to stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system; the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site; and the cytotoxic T-lymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.

A limitation of many cancer vaccines currently in development is that they cannot specifically target dendritic cells in vivo. Several groups have demonstrated successful vaccination by growing dendritic cells ex vivo, pulsing them with tumour antigens and re-infusing them. However, this procedure is patient specific, time consuming and expensive. Scancell has developed its breakthrough patent protected ImmunoBody® technology to overcome these limitations.

An ImmunoBody® is a human antibody or fusion protein engineered to express helper cell and CTL epitopes from tumour antigens over-expressed by cancer cells. Antibodies are ideal vectors for carrying T cell epitopes from tumour antigens as they have long half-lives and can effectively target dendritic cells via their Fc receptors, allowing efficient stimulation of both helper and CTL responses.

The Immunobody® technology can be adapted to provide the basis for treating any tumour type and may also be of potential utility in the development of vaccines against hepatitis, HIV and other chronic infectious diseases.

Investor presentation 2012

This morning, at 11:00 am Scancell Holdings plc, (AIM: SCLP), will be hosting a presentation for investors and analysts. This presentation contains no new financial information and will be available from the Company’s website. www.scancell.co.uk

 Enquiries:

Scancell Holdings Plc  Dr Richard Goodfellow / Professor Lindy Durrant  + 44 (0)20 7653 9850*
Newgate Threadneedle (Financial PR)  Guy McDougall / Heather Armstrong  + 44 (0)20 7653 9850 
Zeus Capital - Nominated Adviser/Joint Broker  Ross Andrews/Tom Rowley  + 44 (0)161 831 1512 
XCAP - Joint Broker  Jon Belliss/ Adrian Kirk 

+44 (0)207 101 7070 

* calls to this number will reach Newgate Threadneedle, at Scancell's instruction

About Scancell

Scancell is developing novel therapeutic vaccines for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases based on its groundbreaking ImmunoBody® technology platform. Scancell’s first cancer vaccine SCIB1, which entered clinical trials in 2010, is being developed for the treatment of melanoma.

Treating cancer by vaccination allows small non-toxic doses of a vaccine to be administered to a patient, stimulating an immune response. Effective cancer vaccines need to target dendritic cells to stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system; the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site; and the cytotoxic T-lymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.

A limitation of many cancer vaccines currently in development is that they cannot specifically target dendritic cells in vivo. Several groups have demonstrated successful vaccination by growing dendritic cells ex vivo, pulsing them with tumour antigens and re-infusing them. However, this procedure is patient specific, time consuming and expensive. Scancell has developed its breakthrough patent protected ImmunoBody® technology to overcome these limitations.

An ImmunoBody® is a human antibody or fusion protein engineered to express helper cell and CTL epitopes from tumour antigens over-expressed by cancer cells. Antibodies are ideal vectors for carrying T cell epitopes from tumour antigens as they have long half-lives and can effectively target dendritic cells via their Fc receptors, allowing efficient stimulation of both helper and CTL responses.

The Immunobody® technology can be adapted to provide the basis for treating any tumour type and may also be of potential utility in the development of vaccines against hepatitis, HIV and other chronic infectious diseases.

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ImmunoBody® Patent Approved in US

Scancell Holdings plc, (AIM: SCLP), the developer of therapeutic cancer vaccines, is pleased to announce that its protein ImmunoBody® vaccine patent has been approved in the United States. The patent, which has already been approved in Europe and Australia, will further strengthen Scancell’s IP position around its proprietary ImmunoBody® vaccine platform.

Scancell’s lead vaccine, SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma and is currently in Phase I clinical trials. It is an innovative DNA vaccine being developed using Scancell’s ImmunoBody® technology. Phase 2 trials are due to start in Q2 2012.

Dr. Richard Goodfellow, Joint Chief Executive of Scancell, commented:

“The USA remains the most important market in which to commercialise our ImmunoBody ® vaccines. The award of this US patent confirms the innovative nature of the ImmunoBody ® platform and provides a sound basis on which to commercialise the technology in the US.  Scancell will continue building its growing portfolio of intellectual property in parallel with driving the clinical trial programme forward during 2012”.  

Enquiries:

For further information contact: 

Scancell Holdings Plc  Dr Richard Goodfellow / Professor Lindy Durrant  + 44 (0)20 7653 9850*
Newgate Threadneedle (Financial PR)  Guy McDougall / Heather Armstrong  + 44 (0)20 7653 9850 
Zeus Capital - Nominated Adviser/Joint Broker  Ross Andrews/Tom Rowley  + 44 (0)161 831 1512 
XCAP - Joint Broker  Jon Belliss/ Adrian Kirk 

+44 (0)207 101 7070 

*calls to this number will reach Newgate Threadneedle, at Scancell’s instruction

About Scancell

Scancell is developing novel therapeutic vaccines for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases based on its groundbreaking ImmunoBody® technology platform. Scancell’s first cancer vaccine SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma and entered clinical trials in 2010.

Treating cancer by vaccination allows small non-toxic doses of a vaccine to be administered to a patient, stimulating an immune response. Effective cancer vaccines need to target dendritic cells to stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system; the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site; and the cytotoxic T-lymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.

A limitation of many cancer vaccines currently in development is that they cannot specifically target dendritic cells in vivo. Several groups have demonstrated successful vaccination by growing dendritic cells ex vivo, pulsing them with tumour antigens and re-infusing them. However, this procedure is patient specific, time consuming and expensive. Scancell has developed its breakthrough patent protected ImmunoBody® technology to overcome these limitations.

An ImmunoBody® is a human antibody or fusion protein engineered to express helper cell and CTL epitopes from tumour antigens over-expressed by cancer cells. Antibodies are ideal vectors for carrying T cell epitopes from tumour antigens as they have long half-lives and can effectively target dendritic cells via their Fc receptors, allowing efficient stimulation of both helper and CTL responses.

 The Immunobody® technology can be adapted to provide the basis for treating any tumour type and may also be of potential utility in the development of vaccines against hepatitis, HIV and other chronic infectious diseases.

Change of Registered office

Scancell Holdings Plc, (AIM: SCLP), announces that the Company’s registered office address has changed to 2 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2AP with immediate effect.

Enquiries:

Scancell Holdings Plc  Dr Richard Goodfellow / Professor Lindy Durrant  + 44 (0)20 7653 9842*
Newgate Threadneedle (Financial PR)  Guy McDougall / Heather Armstrong  + 44 (0)20 7653 9842
Zeus Capital - Nominated Adviser/Joint Broker  Ross Andrews/Tom Rowley  + 44 (0)161 831 1512 
XCAP - Joint Broker  Jon Belliss/ Adrian Kirk 

+44 (0)207 101 7070 

*calls to this number will reach Newgate Threadneedle at Scancell's instruction.

Interim Results for the six month period to 31 October 2011

Scancell Holdings plc (“Scancell” or the “Company” or the “Group”), the developer of therapeutic cancer and infectious disease vaccines based on its patented Immunobody® platform, is pleased to announce the interim results for the six month period ended 31st October 2011.

Highlights:

  • Sub-division of share capital and Placing to raise £1.73 million;
  • Development of new vaccine candidate for the treatment of lung cancer;
  • Phase 1 clinical trial of SCIB1 proceeded to highest dose level following safety review;
  • SCIB1 patent awarded; and
  • Change of board structure.

Post Period Highlights:

  • Receipt of second tranche payment of £2.85 million in November 2011 relating to the sale of a portfolio of antibodies to Arana Therapeutics.

For further information contact:

Scancell Holdings Plc
Dr Richard Goodfellow / Professor Lindy Durrant
=44 (0) 20 7653 9842*

Newgate Threadneedle (Financial PR)
Guy McDougall / Heather Armstrong
+44 (0) 20 7653 9842

Zeus Capital - Nominated Adviser / Joint Broker
Ross Andrews / Tom Rowley
+44 (0) 161 831 1512

XCAP - Joint Broker
Jon Belliss / Adrian Kirk
+44 (0) 207 101 7070

*calls to this number will reach Newgate Threadneedle at Scancell's instruction.

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Issue of Equity

Scancell Holdings Plc, (AIM: SCLP), the developer of therapeutic cancer vaccines, announces that it has agreed to issue 376,175 New Ordinary Shares of 0.1p each (`New Ordinary Shares') at a price of 6.38p (the `Issue Price') to Hansard Communications Limited in respect of annual advisory fees. The Issue Price represents a discount of 1.85 per cent. to the closing share price of 6.5p as at 12 December 2011.

Admission and commencement of dealings in the New Ordinary Shares are expected to take place at 8.00 a.m. on 19 December 2011. There will be a total of 194,469,485 Ordinary Shares in issue following Admission of the New Ordinary Shares.

For further information contact:

Scancell Holdings Plc
Dr Richard Goodfellow / Professor Lindy Durrant
+ 44 (0)207 245 1100*

Hansard (Financial PR)
Adam Reynolds/ Guy McDougall
+ 44 (0)207 245 1100

Zeus Capital - Nominated Adviser/Joint Broker
Ross Andrews/Tom Rowley
+ 44 (0)161 831 1512

XCAP - Joint Broker
Jon Belliss/ Adrian Kirk
+44 (0)207 101 7070

*calls to this number will reach Hansard, at Scancell’s instruction.

About Scancell

Scancell is developing novel therapeutic vaccines for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases based on its groundbreaking ImmunoBody® technology platform. Scancell’s first cancer vaccine SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma and entered clinical trials in 2010.

Treating cancer by vaccination allows small non-toxic doses of a vaccine to be administered to a patient, stimulating an immune response. Effective cancer vaccines need to target dendritic cells to stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system; the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site; and the cytotoxic T-lymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.

A limitation of many cancer vaccines currently in development is that they cannot specifically target dendritic cells in vivo. Several groups have demonstrated successful vaccination by growing dendritic cells ex vivo, pulsing them with tumour antigens and re-infusing them. However, this procedure is patient specific, time consuming and expensive. Scancell has developed its breakthrough patent protected ImmunoBody® technology to overcome these limitations.

An ImmunoBody® is a human antibody or fusion protein engineered to express helper cell and CTL epitopes from tumour antigens over-expressed by cancer cells. Antibodies are ideal vectors for carrying T cell epitopes from tumour antigens as they have long half-lives and can effectively target dendritic cells via their Fc receptors, allowing efficient stimulation of both helper and CTL responses.

The Immunobody® technology can be adapted to provide the basis for treating any tumour type and may also be of potential utility in the development of vaccines against hepatitis, HIV and other chronic infectious diseases.