Sana Biotechnology Inc. has received FDA clearance of its IND application to initiate a first-in-human study of SC-291 in patients with various B-cell malignancies. Initial clinical data from the study are expected later this year. SC-291 is a CD19-targeted allogeneic chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy developed using Sana's hypoimmune platform.
Roquefort Therapeutics plc's ROQ-A1 and ROQ-A2 Midkine (MDK) antibody programs, targeting metastatic breast cancer and metastatic lung cancer, have successfully demonstrated in vivo safety in preclinical development programs conducted by cancer research groups.
Unexpected behavior of neutrophils unveiled by researchers at Stanford University could lead to a new type of immunotherapy to treat cancer. Although various studies have suggested that these cells are harmful due to their immunosuppressive characteristics, the scientists saw in them an opportunity to redirect them and eliminate tumors.
Immpact Bio USA Inc. has announced clearance of its IND application by the FDA for IMPT-314, a bispecific OR-Gate autologous chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy targeting the B-cell antigens CD19 and CD20.
Induction of immunogenic cell death (ICD) in cancer has been proposed as a promising strategy to elicit potent adaptive immune responses against tumor-associated antigens, potentially overcoming the limited efficacy of immunotherapy in some patients and tumor types. Since type I interferon (IFN) is a key modulator of ICD in antitumor responses, researchers at the University of California, San Diego are investigating how to expand the IFN effect to promote ICD responses in cancer cells.
While immune checkpoint inhibitors have revolutionized oncology, still only 20-30% of patients respond to PD-1/PD-L1 antibody monotherapy. This can be due to a failure of T cells to recognize “cold” tumors (low T-cell infiltrates).