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August 15, 2016 14:44 ET

ITUS Extends and Expands Collaborative Research Arrangement With The Wistar Institute

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - August 15, 2016) - ITUS Corporation (NASDAQ: ITUS) today announced that it has extended and expanded its collaboration with The Wistar Institute to further the development of Cchek™, the company's early cancer detection platform. The company is extending its existing arrangement with Wistar, and entering into a new collaboration with Dmitry I. Gabrilovich, M.D. Ph.D., a pioneer in the discovery and study of myeloid derived suppressor cells and the immune system response to cancer.

Dr. Amit Kumar, ITUS's Vice Chairman, stated, "Dr. Gabrilovich is a world renowned expert in the study of the tumor microenvironment. His research focuses on understanding the development and behavior of myeloid cells and their impact on the immune response to cancer. Dr. Gabrilovich and his colleagues were the first to coin the term Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cells (MDSCs) to describe the cells within a tumor that aid and enable the tumor in evading the body's immune response. These myeloid cells are the subject of numerous immunotherapy studies in an attempt to cure advanced cancers. Our cancer detection platform focuses on the behavior and detection of these types of cells to identify, as early as possible, patients with extant tumors. Dr. Gabrilovich's expertise will be invaluable as we enter the next phase of our clinical validation studies and seek to develop a greater understanding of these cells."

The Wistar Institute, located in Philadelphia on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, is an international leader in biomedical research with special expertise in cancer, immunology, infectious diseases and vaccine development. Founded in 1892 as the first independent nonprofit biomedical research institute in the United States, Wistar has held the prestigious Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute since 1972, holding an 'Exceptional' rating -- the highest possible ranking awarded.

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ITUS funds, develops, acquires, and licenses emerging technologies in areas such as Biotechnology. The Company's is developing Cchek™ a platform for non-invasive, cancer screening blood tests. Additional information is available at www.ITUScorp.com.

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