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- Preclinical testing raises no safety concerns for MAGE A4 -
- Refined preclinical testing strategy expected to further mitigate risk of unexpected off-target toxicity -
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. and OXFORD, United Kingdom, April 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc (Nasdaq:ADAP), a leader in T-cell therapy to treat cancer, presented two posters summarizing preclinical research with its MAGE-A4 and MAGE-A10 SPEAR T-cells at the annual AACR meeting at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.
The MAGE-A4 poster presented the discovery process and extensive preclinical validation work performed by Adaptimmune to characterize the specificity, affinity, and potency of MAGE-A4 SPEAR T-cells. The T-cell receptor (TCR) engineered to target MAGE-A4 was found to be specific for MAGE-A4 with an appropriate affinity and avidity, and there were no safety concerns identified preclinically. Further, the examination of more than 500 non-small lung cancer (NSCLC) tumor samples stained by MD Anderson Cancer Center scientists through its strategic collaboration with Adaptimmune revealed that the MAGE-A4 antigen is expressed in approximately 51% of squamous cell carcinomas of the lung, 8% of adenocarcinomas, and in 24% of all NSCLC cases. In addition, numerous other tumors express MAGE-A4 at variable levels. Details about the selection and affinity enhancement of MAGE-A10 SPEAR T‑cells were also presented. The refined methods used to test this SPEAR T-cell candidate are expected to further mitigate risk of unexpected off-target toxicities.
“Our proprietary preclinical development and validation program for our SPEAR T-cells, developed over more than 10 years, enables us to generate TCRs that have the right level of specificity, affinity, and overall avidity for cancer cells expressing specific targets, while minimizing the risk of off-target toxicity,” said Rafael Amado, Adaptimmune’s Chief Medical Officer. “MAGE-A4 and MAGE-A10 are in clinical trials in a variety of solid tumors, and we expect to deliver data on the benefit:risk profile of these products throughout the second half of 2018.”
Session, date, time, and location (for both posters):
• Date: Monday, Apr 16, 2018
• Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
• Location: McCormick Place South, Exhibit Hall A, Poster Section 24
Poster 1 – MAGE-A4
• Title: Affinity-enhanced T-cell receptor (TCR) for adoptive T-cell therapy targeting MAGE-A4
• Poster Board Number: 21
• Permanent Abstract Number: 2562
Poster 2 – MAGE-A10
• Title: Selection of affinity-enhanced T-cell receptors for adoptive T-cell therapy targeting MAGE‑A10
• Poster Board Number: 23
• Permanent Abstract Number: 2564
• Objectives: Generate and systematically test affinity-enhanced TCRs that recognize an HLA-A*02 restricted epitope from MAGE-A10 cancer/testis antigens
• Develop an extensive in vitro testing strategy to characterize and reduce the risk of TCR cross-reactivity, including a novel approach for generating peptide specificity profiles for candidate TCRs – the peptide X-scan
Adaptimmune is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel cancer immunotherapy products. The Company’s unique SPEAR (Specific Peptide Enhanced Affinity Receptor) T‑cell platform enables the engineering of T-cells to target and destroy cancer, including solid tumors. Adaptimmune is currently conducting clinical trials with SPEAR T-cells targeting MAGE-A4, -A10, and AFP across several solid tumor indications. GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE:GSK) (NYSE:GSK) exercised its option to exclusively license the right to research, develop, and commercialize Adaptimmune’s NY-ESO SPEAR T-cell therapy program in September 2017. Transition of this program to GSK is ongoing. The Company is located in Philadelphia, USA and Oxfordshire, U.K. For more information, please visit http://www.adaptimmune.com
This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PSLRA). These forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, and include, without limitation: the success, cost and timing of our product development activities and clinical trials and our ability to successfully advance our TCR therapeutic candidates through the regulatory and commercialization processes. For a further description of the risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to our business in general, we refer you to our Annual Report filed on for 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 15, 2018 and our other SEC filings. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date the statements were made and we do not undertake any obligation to update such forward‑looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
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