SAN DIEGO, CA, March 19, 2012 — OncoSec Medical Incorporated. (OTCBB:ONCS), which is developing its advanced-stage OncoSec Medical System(OMS) ElectroOncology therapies to treat solid tumor cancers, today announced that Dr. Paul Nghiem, Co-Principal Investigator for OncoSec’s Phase II Merkel cell carcinoma study has been invited to chair a special forum session at the 70th Annual American Academy of Dermatology meeting in San Diego, CA, titled, “Merkel Cell Carcinoma: Diagnosis, Management, and Controversies”. During this session, Dr. Nghiem will present on Prognostics, Immunity and Future Therapies for Merkel cell carcinoma.
Dr. Nghiem said, “MCC is an orphan disease that still has very few treatment options for the patient, however, recognition of this disease at this conference is an encouraging step forward. I look forward to chairing this session, and to discussing new findings and potential therapies for MCC, including OncoSec’s OMS ElectroImmunotherapy treatment approach, with experts in the field.”
70th Annual American Academy of Dermatology Meeting
San Diego Convention Center
111 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA
March 16-20, 2012
Merkel Cell Carcinoma: Diagnosis, Management, and Controversies
March 20, 2012
9:00 – 11:00am PT
Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare and highly aggressive cancer, in which malignant cancer cells develop on, or just beneath, the skin and in hair follicles. Roughly 1,500 cases per year in the United States are diagnosed, making it about 40 times less common than melanoma. More significantly, it is three times more lethal, thus prompt aggressive treatment is warranted. The majority of Merkel cell carcinomas (80%) appear to be caused in part by a virus, Merkel cell polyomavirus. It is believed that an immunotherapy, which stimulates the immune system to recognize and kill the virus and cancer may be a beneficial therapy for this patient population.
OncoSec Medical Incorporated (OTCBB: ONCS) develops novel OMS ElectroOncology therapies that combine its proprietary electroporation delivery technology with a chemotherapeutic or novel DNA-based immunotherapeutics. Targeted local delivery of these agents is designed to achieve selective destruction of cancerous tumors while sparing healthy normal tissue, resulting in improved functional, cosmetic and quality of life outcomes. These therapieshave achieved validating safety and efficacy data in early and late stage clinical studies of over 400 cancer patients. OncoSec’s clinical programs include three Phase II clinical trials for OMS ElectroImmunotherapy. More information is available at www.oncosec.com. Additional information may also be found at OncoSec’s Facebook , Twitter, and LinkedIn sites.
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