TAMPA, Fla.Interpares Biomedicine, an early-stage immuno-oncology company founded by Moffitt Cancer Center faculty member Howard McLeod, PharmD, was named the 2017 BioPitch Competition winner at BioFlorida’s annual conference. The company was founded by McLeod and a member of his team, Neil T. Mason, using their own funds. Together with Moffitt’s Jamie Teer, Ph.D. and seasoned biotech executive Kevin Krenitsky, M.D. they have created a suite of diagnostic tools designed to help physicians match the best immunotherapy drugs to an individual patient. 

“Cancer treatment is moving away from a one size fits all to a more personalized approach. Interpares aims to create tools physicians can use to match the best therapy or drug to a patient based on their cancer and genetic makeup,” said McLeod. “This ensures a patient has the maximum benefit with limited toxicity.” Interpares has focused on providing personalized medicine solutions for cancer immunotherapy.  This includes a number of diagnostic, prognostic, predictive, and therapeutic strategies to better understand a patient’s likelihood of both benefit and risk from the distinct types of immunotherapy. 

Interpares Biomedicine was one of over 40 companies that applied for the BioPitch competition. BioFlorida selected 15 seed and early-stage life science companies to compete. The companies presented to investors during a closed-door session. Four were selected as finalists and invited to present in open session to a panel of investors during BioFlorida’s annual conference, where Interpares was named the winner. 

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