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NKGen Biotech Announces Upcoming Presentation on Autologous NK Cell Therapy at the 5th International Cell & Gene Therapy China Summit & Exhibition

/EIN News/ -- SANTA ANA, Calif., May 16, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NKGen Biotech, Inc. (Nasdaq: NKGN) (“NKGen” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative autologous, allogeneic and CAR-NK natural killer (“NK”) cell therapeutics, today announced that Paul Y. Song, MD, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NKGen, will present highlights of the Company’s cryopreserved, autologous, non-genetically modified NK cell therapy product, SNK01, which has demonstrated enhanced cytotoxicity and activating receptor expression for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and solid tumors, at the 5th International Cell & Gene Therapy China Summit & Exhibition (CGCS) to be held in Nanjing, China, from May 22–24, 2024.

CGCS will showcase exclusive new data in the several areas, including solid tumor treatment, off-the-shelf therapy, innovative cell therapy, AAV gene therapy, affordability of CGT, global cooperation, RNA therapeutics, and CGT commercialization. CGCS 2024 anticipates over 6,000 global attendees, more than 200 exhibitors, greater than 200 world-class speakers from large pharma, innovative biotech, and academia.

NKGen Presentation Details:

Title:   Autologous NK Cell Therapy
Session:   A: Cell Therapy Focus
Section:    A2: Original Innovation in Cell Therapy – Universal and Solid Tumor Treatment
Date and Time:   May 23, 2024, at 4:30 PM CST (China Standard Time) UTC/GMT +8

Dr. Song’s presentation will cover a variety of important topics, including industry challenges in manufacturing autologous NK cells at scale, which has been successfully overcome by NKGen’s next-gen CMC manufacturing process in its production of its autologous NK cell therapy product, SNK01. In addition, Dr. Song will discuss the results from SNK01 treatment in combination with either immune checkpoint inhibitors in patients with advanced solid tumors, or, in combination with Erbitux in tyrosine kinase inhibitor-resistant non-small cell lung cancer.

The presentation will also include the scientific rationale and supporting data behind the use of SNK01 in neurodegenerative disease specifically emphasizing the ability of SNK01 to improve levels of amyloid beta, tau, and alpha-synuclein proteins as well as GFAP, NfL, and YKL-40, which are elevated in numerous neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lewy Body Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementia, Multisystem Atrophy, and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy alluding to the potential use of SNK01 to treat these diseases or as a possible prevention in high risk asymptomatic patients with elevated biomarkers.

Previously disclosed data for SNK01 in Alzheimer’s disease and solid tumors can be found on the Scientific Publications page of the Company’s website at

About NKGen Biotech
NKGen is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative autologous, allogeneic, and CAR-NK Natural Killer (NK) cell therapeutics. NKGen is headquartered in Santa Ana, California, USA. For more information, please visit

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Internal Contact:
Denise Chua, MBA, CLS, MT (ASCP)
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

External Contacts:
Chris Calabrese
Managing Director
LifeSci Advisors, LLC

Kevin Gardner
Managing Director
LifeSci Advisors, LLC

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