22 August 2022

Touchlight awarded ILAP for therapeutic DNA vaccine

Touchlight has been officially awarded an Innovation Passport through Innovative Licensing and Access Pathway (ILAP) for its therapeutic DNA vaccine, a vaccine that targets head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC).

ILAP is a novel pathway formed by the MHRA, NICE, SMC, and the AWTTC, supporting innovative approaches to the safe, timely and efficient development of medicines to improve patient access. The pathway is designed to ensure that medicines are at the forefront of cutting-edge developments and new technologies. ILAP aims to accelerate the time to market, facilitating patient access to medicine.

Touchlight’s DNA vaccine combines potent cancer antigens with Touchlight’s novel enzymatic DNA vector – doggybone DNA (dbDNA™). Unlike plasmid DNA vectors, dbDNA is a double-stranded, linear, covalently closed molecule that eliminates bacterial sequences, making it an optimal vector for advanced therapies.

Satish Muchakayala, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Touchlight, commented “this is a significant milestone for our TGL-100 doggybone DNA based vaccine for HNSCC. The collective regulatory support from the ILAP committee in designing Target Development Profile (TDP) roadmaps and access to a regulatory support tool kit can enable Touchlight to make further progress with the development of its dbDNA vaccine. Furthermore, with this ILAP designation we can even more effectively support our customers and partners that use doggybone DNA along the regulatory pathway”.

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About Touchlight

Touchlight is a privately-owned biotechnology company based in London, U.K., focussed on the discovery and development of DNA-based genetic medicines, including DNA vaccines and gene therapies. Touchlight has developed a novel, synthetic DNA vector known as doggybone DNA” or dbDNA™.

dbDNA is a minimal, linear, covalently closed structure, that eliminates bacterial sequences. Touchlight’s revolutionary enzymatic production platform enables unprecedented speed, scale, and the ability to target genes with a size and complexity that is impossible with current technologies.

Touchlight is applying dbDNA across advanced therapeutic modalities, both in-house and with partners. The company also provides contract manufacturing capabilities to produce dbDNA as a critical starting material for advanced therapy production through its manufacturing arm, Touchlight DNA Services.

Issued for and on behalf of Touchlight by Instinctif Partners.

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Jonny Ohlson, Executive Chair & Group CEO Agnes Stephens
Robin Bodicoat, Head of Marketing E: touchlight@instinctif.com
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