Alaunos Therapeutics Announces Early Clinical Data Showing Objective Clinical Response Using its TCR-T Cell Therapy
- First patient dosed achieved a confirmed objective partial response
- Second patient dosed at second dose level; cleared 28-day safety window
- Data to be presented on Friday, September 30 at 8:30am ET in a proffered presentation at the CRI-ENCI-AACR Sixth International Cancer Immunotherapy Conference (CICON)
HOUSTON, Sept. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alaunos Therapeutics, Inc. (“Alaunos” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: TCRT), a clinical-stage oncology-focused cell therapy company, today announced early clinical findings from its ongoing TCR-T Library Phase 1/2 trial.
“We are excited to announce early findings from our TCR-T Library trial. This is the first time that an objective clinical response has been observed in a solid tumor cancer in connection with non-viral TCR-T cell therapy,” said Kevin S. Boyle, Sr., Chief Executive Officer of Alaunos. “We believe this reinforces our approach targeting shared tumor-specific hotspot mutations using our non-viral Sleeping Beauty technology. We look forward to presenting additional details at the CICON conference on September 30.”
The TCR-T Library Phase 1/2 trial is an open label, dose escalation study being conducted at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The trial is enrolling patients with non-small cell lung, colorectal, endometrial, pancreatic, ovarian, and bile duct cancers that have a matching human leukocyte antigen (HLA) and hotspot mutation pairing in Alaunos’ TCR library. The first patient dosed was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer with a KRAS G12D mutation, matching one of the ten TCRs within the Company’s TCR library. The patient received TCR-T cells, which were produced using Sleeping Beauty at the Company’s in house cGMP manufacturing facility. The patient had a confirmed objective partial response. The Company has dosed a second patient in the study, diagnosed with colon cancer, who has been treated at the second dose level and has cleared the 28-day safety window.
“While cell therapies have demonstrated success in hematological cancers, there remains a significant unmet medical need for effective and cost-efficient cell therapies for patients with solid tumors, which account for nearly 90% of all cancer diagnoses. These early clinical findings show the potential for the first time that we may be able to use a non-viral TCR-T cell therapy to achieve measurable regression in solid tumors,” added Marcelo V. Negrao, MD, Department of Thoracic-Head & Neck Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine at MD Anderson. “We are encouraged by these findings, and we look forward to continuing enrollment in the study.”
Data is scheduled to be presented during a proffered talk at CICON, which is being held in New York, NY from September 28 – October 1, 2022.
Details of the presentation are as follows:
Title: Objective clinical response by KRAS mutation-specific TCR-T cell therapy in previously treated advanced Non-small cell lung cancer
Presenter: Marcelo V. Negrao, MD, Department of Thoracic-Head & Neck Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine at MD Anderson
Date and Time: Friday, September 30, 2022, 8:30am ET
Session Title: Session 6: Cellular Therapies: Engineering T cells
About Alaunos Therapeutics
Alaunos is a clinical-stage oncology-focused cell therapy company, focused on developing T-cell receptor (TCR) therapies based on its proprietary, non-viral Sleeping Beauty gene transfer technology and its TCR library targeting shared tumor-specific hotspot mutations in key oncogenic genes including KRAS, TP53 and EGFR. The Company has a clinical and strategic collaboration with the National Cancer Institute. For more information, please visit www.alaunos.com.
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