HAMILTON, Bermuda and NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SELLAS Life Sciences Group (SELLAS or the Company), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel cancer immunotherapies for a broad range of cancer indications, announced today the addition of three international experts in the field of immuno-oncology research to its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), namely: Dr. Jeffrey Weber, Dr. Alexander Eggermont and Dr. Javier Pinilla-Ibarz. "The newly appointed members of our Scientific Advisory Board bring vast knowledge and expertise to our research of clinical and translational science as we develop immunologic approaches against cancer. This experience will be invaluable to SELLAS as we advance our late-stage cancer immunotherapy program targeting the Wilms Tumor-1 oncogene, which is widely expressed in human malignancies," said Dr. Angelos Stergiou, CEO of SELLAS. Dr. Nicholas Sarlis, Chief Medical Officer of SELLAS, added: "The international scope and depth of expertise of the new members complements our existing group of advisors and supports the rapid advancement of our galinpepimut-S clinical development and regulatory program, first in acute myeloid leukemia and subsequently, in mesothelioma and other cancers." Dr. Jeffrey Weber, a specialist in cancer immunotherapy, is currently deputy director of the Perlmutter Cancer Center and the co-director of the Melanoma Research Program at the New York University ( NYU)-Langone Cancer Center. Dr. Weber is principal investigator on several ongoing studies funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as well as industry, including trials in clinical drug development, vaccines, and studies on autoimmunity and melanoma. He earned his PhD in molecular biology from Rockefeller University (NY) in 1979 and his MD from New York University in 1980. Dr. Weber sat on the NCI's Clinical Oncology Study section as well as the boards of the Melanoma Research Foundation and the Melanoma Therapeutics Foundation, and served as a chair of the Veterans Administration's clinical oncology study section. He has published more than 150 articles in the top peer-reviewed journals in his field. "Through my years of working in cancer immunotherapy, I have witnessed great advances in the field, and I believe SELLAS is on the verge of such an advance. I have been impressed with the significant potential of the Company's lead product, galinpepimut-S, to successfully treat hematological and solid malignancies through a unique approach of peptide-based immunization against the WT1 oncoprotein," stated Dr. Weber. "I am excited to join the other scientists on the Company's SAB and offer the insights that I have in the area of oncoimmunology research and development."