FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN DIEGO – April 18, 2013 – OncoSec Medical Inc. (OTCQB: ONCS), a company developing its advanced-stage ImmunoPulse DNA-based immunotherapy and NeoPulse therapy to treat solid tumors, is one of the first to partner with Smart Patients: a new online community where patients with life-threatening conditions who are looking for or participating in clinical trials can share their feedback and experiences. Google’s former Chief Health Strategist, Roni Zeiger, will be speaking at the TEDMED conference in Washington, D.C. today to unveil the new website.
OncoSec is working with Smart Patients to create a community for Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) patients. MCC is an extremely rare and aggressive form of skin cancer that currently has no approved therapies. OncoSec is conducting the only active Phase II immunotherapy trial that is focused specifically on the disease. The Smart Patients partnership will provide valuable insight from patients to help improve clinical trial design and enable better collaboration with patients.
“We’re excited to be working with Dr. Zeiger, and to be a part of creating this valuable resource for the Merkel cell community,” said OncoSec’s CEO, Punit Dhillon. “One of the most frightening parts of being diagnosed with a rare disease like MCC is a lack of information about the condition and treatment options. Smart Patients is providing an important resource to help patients connect and learn from each other.”
Roni Zeiger, co-founder and CEO of Smart Patients, noted, “Together with OncoSec, we will be able to gain a better understanding of MCC from a patient perspective, and help design more patient-centered trials that will make scientific breakthroughs for this disease available sooner.”
About Smart Patients
Smart Patients is an online community for cancer patients and caregivers. The community includes a clinical trial search engine that presents trial data from ClinicalTrials.gov in a patient-friendly format. The community platform has been in private beta testing since January 2013 and is now open to all cancer patients and caregivers. To learn more, please visit us at www.smartpatients.com.