Merck will buy Rigontec to firm up its leadership in immuno-oncology

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Merck, known as MSD, and Rigontec today announced that Merck will acquire Rigontec. Rigontec is a pioneer in accessing the retinoic acid-inducible gene I (RIG-I) pathway, part of the innate immune system, as a novel and distinct approach in cancer immunotherapy to induce both immediate and long-term anti-tumor immunity.

Rigontec’s lead candidate, RGT100, is currently in Phase I development evaluating treatment in patients with various tumors.

“Rigontec’s immuno-oncology approach of engaging the innate immune system to safely eliminate cancer cells complements our strategy and our current pipeline,” said Dr. Eric Rubin, vice president of early-stage development, clinical oncology, Merck Research Laboratories. “We are eager to build upon Rigontec’s science as we continue our efforts in bringing forward meaningful advances for patients with cancer.”

“Merck is a true pioneer in the immuno-oncology space and we are thrilled that our technology will benefit from their experience and leadership position,” said Christian Schetter, Ph.D., CEO of Rigontec. “We are confident that our programs will be in the best hands and that the team at Merck will continue the work we established with our scientific founders and brought into the clinic within three years since our foundation as a company.”

SOURCE: business wire
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