Philadelphia Biopharm Firm Names Cancer Treatment Platform

Adaptimmune Therapeutics, an onco-immunology company developing treatments to boost the ability of a person’s own immune system to recognize and destroy cancer cells, said Friday it has adopted the name “SPEAR T-Cells” to describe its priority technology.

SPEAR is an acronym for specific peptide enhanced affinity receptor T-cells. T-cells, also known as T-lymphocytes, are subtypes of white blood cells that develop in the thymus gland and are responsible for a variety of immune system responses.

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