Vittoria Biotherapeutics Inc. has received FDA clearance of its IND application to initiate a first-in-human phase I trial with VIPER-101, a gene-edited, autologous, chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy for treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory T-cell lymphoma.
With an initial €8 million (US$8.4 million) in seed funding in the bank, Tessellate Bio has emerged from stealth to tackle cancers that rely on the less well explored synthetic lethality mechanism of alternative lengthening of telomeres.
Injecting a combination of cisplatin and vinblastine – engineered by way of the company’s Dfuserx platform – turned out to be just the ticket for early stage breast cancer in the phase II study called Invincible conducted by Intensity Therapeutics Inc. Shares of the Shelton, Conn.-based firm (NASDAQ:INTS) closed Dec. 8 at $6.88, up $2.68, or 63%, having traded as high as $11.44, thanks to Wall Street’s satisfaction with the data testing INT230-6, which emerged during the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
Ractigen Therapeutics Co. Ltd. has submitted a clinical trial application in Australia seeking to conduct a phase I study of RAG-01, a small activating RNA (saRNA) drug candidate, in patients with non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer who have not responded to Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) therapy.
While early stage and involving a relatively small patient population, the interim phase Ib readout from the combination cohort testing estrogen receptor (ER)-targeting candidate vepdegestrant in combination with CDK4/6 inhibitor Ibrance (palbociclib) in heavily pretreated patients with ER-positive/HER2-negative breast cancer was impressive enough to prompt partners Arvinas Inc. and Pfizer Inc. to expand development work on the program. The results also struck a chord on the Street, with shares of Arvinas (NASDAQ:ARVN) gaining 31% on the day.