Accreditation body Ethical Clothing Australia is preparing to mark Ethical Clothing Australia Week 2023, which it describes as a celebration of ethical manufacturing in the textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) industry. The week runs from October 19 – 15 and is “an opportunity for the public to champion Australian businesses who have gone beyond just stating their operations are ethical and have taken action to certify they are ethical by” by achieving ECA certification, the organisation said in a statement on Tuesday. It added that, above all, ECA Week is an “opportunity to celebrate, recognise and acknowledge the 489,000 skilled workers in Australia,” more than 77 per cent of which are female. The event will be a hybrid program with both digital and in-person events. There would be an “opportunity to go behind the scenes with local manufacturers and brands Denimsmith, Vince Clothing, Melco Fabrics, Next State Printers, Remuse and Knovus Knitwear” it added.
Imugene awarded Japanese patent for anti-cancer vaccine
ASX-listed clinical-stage immuno-oncology company Imugene has announced the granting of a new patent for its clinical drug candidate by the Japanese Patent Office. The company says the new patent concerns its immunotherapeutic PD1-Vaxx, a first-in-class programmed death-1 (PD1) vaccine, and which currently in clinical development for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The patent will expire in March 2038 and protects the composition of matter and method of treatment in cancer for PD1-Vaxx for the generation of a therapeutic antibody response against the PD1 checkpoint target. Managing Director and CEO Leslie Chong said, “Attaining the key Japanese patent, on top of gaining protection in the USA this year, is a very important milestone. Recruitment in the Phase 1 PD1-Vaxx trial, as monotherapy or in combination with atezolizumab in adults with NonSmall Cell Lung Cancer, has increased markedly recently with strong interest from new clinical sites to participate in this innovative study”.
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