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Roche Accelerator Membership to Support Company’s Early Strategic Planning and Market Exploration in China
WATERTOWN, Mass., December 01, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SQZ Biotechnologies Company (NYSE: SQZ), a cell therapy company developing novel treatments for multiple therapeutic areas, today announced that its China Initiative has been accepted by the Roche Accelerator. Launched earlier this year, the accelerator is Roche’s first in-house accelerator globally and further establishes its long-term commitment to Shanghai and China. China’s healthcare ecosystem is of growing global importance and provides significant opportunity for patient impact. Collaboration with the Roche Accelerator will support early strategic planning and potential China-based activities for the SQZ China Initiative.
"We are excited to be one of the first members of the Roche Accelerator and to begin working with its talented experts to support strategic planning for this important global healthcare center," said Armon Sharei, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and Founder of SQZ Biotechnologies and echoed by Min Dong, Ph.D., Head of the SQZ China Initiative. "China has significant patient needs across the disease areas where we are developing SQZ™ cell therapies. We look forward to working with local stakeholders to explore the potential application of our cell therapy approach in China."
Roche has been a strategic partner with the company since 2015 and has an ongoing collaboration with SQZ on the SQZ™ APC oncology program globally.
About SQZ Biotechnologies
SQZ Biotechnologies Company is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on unlocking the full potential of cell therapies for patients around the world and has active programs in Oncology, Autoimmune and Infectious Diseases, as well as additional exploratory initiatives to support future pipeline growth. The company’s proprietary Cell Squeeze® technology offers the unique ability to deliver multiple biological materials into many cell types to engineer what we believe can be a broad range of potential therapeutics. With demonstrated production timelines under 24 hours and the opportunity to eliminate preconditioning and lengthy hospital stays, our approach could significantly broaden the therapeutic range and accessibility of cell therapies. The company’s first therapeutic applications seek to generate target-specific immune responses, both in activation for the treatment of solid tumors and infectious diseases, and in immune tolerance for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. For more information, please visit www.sqzbiotech.com.
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