May 02, 2022

Alaunos Therapeutics to Present at American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy 25th Annual Meeting

  • Preclinical data to be presented highlights the potential ability to generate mbIL-15 TCR-T cells targeting hotspot mutations expressed in solid tumors with enhanced survival capacity

HOUSTON, May 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alaunos Therapeutics, Inc. (“Alaunos” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: TCRT), a clinical-stage oncology-focused cell therapy company today announced a poster presentation highlighting the Company’s membrane-bound interleukin-15 (mbIL-15) program as a potentially potent cell therapy targeting hotspot mutations expressed in solid tumors at the 25th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy being held in Washington, D.C. and virtually May 16-19, 2022.

“We are excited at the opportunity to present new preclinical data in our mbIL-15 program at the ASGCT Annual Meeting. In this study we observed the potential of our Sleeping Beauty transposed mbIL-15 TCR-T cells to deepen clinical responses and improve durability of TCR-T cells targeting hotspot mutations expressed in solid tumors,” stated Drew Deniger, Ph.D., Vice President, Research & Development at Alaunos Therapeutics. “We continue to be encouraged by the data and intend to file an IND application for this program in the second half of 2023.”

Details of the poster presentation are as follows:

Poster Presentation: Stem-cell memory TCR-T cells targeting hotspot EGFR, KRAS and p53 neoantigens generated through co-expression of membrane-bound Interleukin-15
Session Title: Cancer - Targeted Gene and Cell Therapy I
Session Date/Time: Monday May 16, 2022, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Poster Board Number: M-234
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall D
Alaunos’ mbIL-15 program has been developed to augment the function of TCR-T cells by co-expression of a more potent and proprietary membrane-bound interleukin-15. In this preclinical study, Alaunos observed that mbIL-15 TCR-T cells specifically targeted and killed tumors expressing matching neoantigen and HLAs with negligible off target effects. Furthermore, Alaunos observed the potential of mbIL-15 to establish long-lived tumor-specific TCR-T cells that have the potential to survive within the circulation and the tumor microenvironment.

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 clinical and strategic collaborations with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute. For more information, please visit

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