Mark Curtis

Mark is a Business Development Analyst at the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM), where he collaborates with the team to help evaluate the commercial potential of regenerative medicine and cell therapy technologies. He began his career at Princess Margaret Hospital studying cellular reprogramming of human skin cells. Following this project, he left the laboratory and took on a role with Bloom Burton & Co., a healthcare-focused investment dealer. While there he supported the advisory team in carrying out scientific diligence on early-stage biotechnology companies. Prior to joining CCRM he was a consultant to Stem Cell Therapeutics, a Toronto-based biotechnology company focused on developing therapeutics targeting cancer stem cells. Mark received a Master’s degree from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where he studied the directed differentiation of embryonic stem cells, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, from Queen’s University. Follow Mark on Twitter @markallencurtis

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Update from the Clinic: May

Author: Mark Curtis, 06/30/16

Welcome to your update from the clinic for the month of May. Long-standing industry pioneer StemCells, Inc. decided to wind down its operations after a failed Phase 2 study in spinal cord injury. Aduro Biotech also saw a failure with its GVAX product in pancreatic cancer. Kite continues to deliver on its regulatory strategy, announcing…Read more

Cell Therapy Deal Review: May

Author: Mark Curtis, 06/23/16

Welcome to your deal review for the month of May. Intellia Therapeutics went public this past month giving investors a second shot on net if they want to gain exposure to gene editing technologies. Caladrius Biosciences spun-out its cell-based immunotherapy to AiVita Medical, as the company pivots to focus on Treg therapies for autoimmune diseases…Read more

Update from the Clinic: March

Author: Mark Curtis, 04/28/16

Welcome to your Update from the Clinic for the month of March. Undoubtedly the big news in March came from Vericel, which saw its stock double after reporting positive topline results from its Phase 2b study in heart failure. There were also some first dosings and clinical study starts. A study of Vericel’s (VCEL) ixmyelocel-T…Read more

Cell Therapy Deal Review: March

Author: Mark Curtis, 04/25/16

Welcome to your Cell Therapy Deal Review for the month of March. Cellectis continues to differentiate through a collaboration with MabQuest. PCT formed a partnership with Japanese conglomerate Hitachi. Kite partnered with Roche’s Genentech on a program for lymphoma. Cellectis (CLLS) has already separated itself from the pack with UCART19, a universal CAR product targeting…Read more

Update from the Clinic: February

Author: Mark Curtis, 03/24/16

Welcome to your Update from the Clinic for the month of February. bluebird made its debut in the oncology market and treated its first patient with a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) product targeting a novel antigen. Ziopharm enrolled its first patient in a study investigating a non-viral CD19 CAR product, while Sangamo entered the clinic…Read more

Cell Therapy Deal Review: February

Author: Mark Curtis, 03/15/16

Welcome to your deal review for the month of February. Astellas tied-off its acquisition of Ocata while GSK and Adaptimmune expanded their collaboration to develop cell-based immunotherapies. AVROBIO, a new cell and gene company based in Boston, Mass, and Toronto, Ontario, launched with programs in leukemia in Fabry disease. After a drawn out process, Astellas…Read more

Update from the Clinic: January

Author: Mark Curtis, 02/22/16

Welcome to your update from the clinic for the month of January. It was a quiet month in the clinic. However, we did see some clearances for various clinical studies, including Fate’s ProTmune in GvHD and Pluristem’s PLX-R18 in hematopoietic recovery following bone marrow transplant. Pluristem (PSTM) continues to increase the breadth of applications for…Read more

Cell Therapy Deal Review: January

Author: Mark Curtis, 02/18/16

Welcome to your Cell Therapy Deal Review for the month of January. Things got off to a quick start with a number of cell-based immunotherapy companies announcing deals and research collaborations out of the gate, including a third acquisition by Juno. Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) brought further depth to its research & discovery platform through the…Read more

Cell Therapy Deal Review: November

Author: Mark Curtis, 12/30/15

Welcome to your Cell Therapy Deal Review for the month of November. Astellas failed to achieve the majority share it needed to push through a takeover of Ocata Therapeutics valued at $379 million. ImmunoCellular Therapeutics announced a research agreement with MD Anderson Cancer Center to advance a Stem-to-T-Cell Program. Servier exercised its option for exclusive,…Read more

ISCT webinar: Reimbursement re-cap

Author: Mark Curtis, 12/28/15

For those of you that missed ISCT’s recent webinar on manufacturing, needle-to-needle logistics and reimbursement, below is a brief re-cap of the key points on the reimbursement section that I provided. The presentation, including audio, should be available free on the ISCT website shortly. Thanks again to ISCT for hosting and Invetech, a member of…Read more