Torigen Pharmaceuticals Ashley Kalinauskas helps animals fight cancer

TERESA: 8 MILLION COMPANION ANIMALS ARE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER EACH YEAR. THE COMPANY IS TACKLING THE PROBLEM. RYAN: IT — HERE TO TELL US ABOUT IT IS ACTUALLY GOOD YOU HAVE DONE GREAT WORK IN CONNECTICUT WELCOME TO THE SHOW. ALSO, OUR PARENTS LIVE TOGETHER TOO. BROTHER AND SISTER SOMEDAY. PUT A RING ON IT. PERSONAL SITE KNOW THERE. YOU DO SUCH COOL WORK IN CONNECTICUT. YOU ARE HELPING TO CURE CANCER IN PETS AND PUPPIES. TELL US HOW YOU DO IT. OUR TECHNOLOGY REALLY WAS THE BACKBONE WHICH WAS DEVELOPED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME. ME BEING FROM CONNECTICUT, WE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE LOCATED AT THE UCONN HEALTH CENTER IN THEIR INCUBATION PROGRAM. WHAT WE DO IS WE CREATE PERSONALIZED CANCER IMMUNOTHERAPEUTIC’S. WE TAKE A PORTION OF THE PATIENT’S OWN TUMOR, AND WE CREATE IT INTO A SERIES OF VACCINES GIVEN BACK TO THE PATIENTS TO STIMULATE THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEM AGAINST THE CANCER. TERESA: WOW. TYPICALLY IF A DOG HAS A TUMOR, IT COMES BACK. ARTICLE IS TO TRAIN THE BODY SIMILAR TO A FLU VACCINE. THE PROTEINS LOCATED ON THE OUTSIDE SURFACE OF THOSE CELLS ARE FOREIGN MATERIAL. OUR GOAL IS TO TAKE THOSE TUMOR CELLS AND REEDUCATE THE BODY AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM TO FIGHT THIS CANCERS. RYAN: INCREDIBLE WORK. FASCINATING STUFF. IT IS ALSO SO QUILT FOR YOU ON A PERSONAL LEVEL. YOU HAVE TO FEEL A LOT OF GRATITUDE TO BE ABLE TO HELP THESE FAMILIES. A LITTLE PUPPY IS LIKE A FAMILY MEMBER. TO BE ABLE TO EXTEND THEIR LIFE FOR A FEW MORE YEARS. TERESA: ARE THESE DOGS YOU HAVE HELPED? — AT OUR LAB, WE HAVE A WALL OF SOME OF THE PATIENTS WE HAVE HELPED TO WE DO MAKE SUCH A BIG IMPACT INTO THE LIVES OF PETS AND PET OWNERS. THEY SEND US THESE PHOTOS. WE HANG THEM UP. IT MEANS A LOT TO US. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE EVERY DAY. WITH SO MANY PETS BEING DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER, IT IS, HOW CAN WE PROVIDE A SAFE AND AFFORDABLE TREATMENT OPTION THAT CAN BE DONE IN THE COMFORT OF A VETERINARIAN’S OFFICE? TERESA: IT IS GREAT THAT AT THE FEMALE PERSPECTIVE, YOU STARTED THIS BUSINESS COMMITTEE GOT FUNDED ON YOUR DUTCH FUNDING ON YOUR OWN. IT IS DIFFICULT FOR WOMEN TO DO. IT IS. 2% OF WOMEN FOUNDERS GET VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDING. WE ARE REALLY TRYING TO PUSH THAT NORM AND GO HARD BECAUSE WE HAVE AMAZING SCIENCE AND THE LEVEL THAT WE HAVE, IT IS, HOW CAN WE TAKE THIS AND CONTINUE TO GROW A COMPANY HERE IN CONNECTICUT? RYAN: YOU GOT A BIG AWARD, THE CONNECTICUT TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL’S ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADER OF 2018. CONGRATULATIONS. THANK YOU. TERESA: THAT IS FANTASTIC. RYAN: TELL US ABOUT THE EVENT. THIS WAS A FABULOUS EVENT THAT WAS HELD IN SOUTHERN AQUA TURF OVER 150 WOMEN WERE NOMINATED AND RECOGNIZED. IT WAS REALLY GREAT TO HIGHLIGHT THE ENTREPRENEURIALISM WE HAVE HERE. PEOPLE ARE STARTING BUSINESSES AND THEY SAY. A LOT OF THEM ARE HIGH-TECH. FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, BEING AWARDED AND NOMINATED WAS SO FABULOUS. TERESA: GIRL POWER. I LOVE IT. RYAN: CLEARLY I AM THE SMART ONE IN THE FAMILY. TERESA: OH, YEAH. RYAN: NOT QUITE. TERESA: IF SOMEONE IS GOING THROUGH CANCER TREATMENT WITH THEIR DACA MATTER THEY GET INFORMATION? THEY CAN LOOK US UP ONLINE. AND REALLY REACH OUT TO WE ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE. OUR TEAM, YOU’RE EITHER AN IMMUNOLOGIST OR A VETERINARIAN. WE’RE HAPPY TO UNDERSTAND THAT TUMOR IS NOT CANCER AND REALLY SEE IF WE WOULD BE AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT OPTION FOR YOUR PET. TERESA: GREAT TO KNOW THERE IS A MANY OPTIONS. APPRECIATE IT.

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