Immune Response Corporation
The first FDA-approved cancer vaccine, an immune therapy made from the patient’s own cells.
Polio vaccine hero Dr. Jonas Salk and our Chairman founded The Immune Response Corporation. They recruited the team, attracted $350 million from investors and corporate partners, and developed groundbreaking immune therapies.
IRC technology was key to the first FDA-approved cancer vaccine, sipuleucel-T. More than 40,000 patients have received this prostate cancer therapy, which appears to be more effective in African American men, with a 48% percent reduction in death, compared to white men. The first cell-based immunotherapy, this approval opened the floodgates for immunotherapeutics, today the largest category of pharmaceuticals.