Leap Therapeutics Presents Data from Phase 1 Single Dose Safety Study of anti-GITR immunotherapy TRX518 in Patients with Advanced Relapsed or Refractory Solid Tumors at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2016 Annual Meeting
Cambridge MA – June 5, 2016 – Leap Therapeutics, a company developing immuno-oncology therapeutics, reported results of a Phase 1 clinical trial of TRX518, an aglycosylated monoclonal agonist antibody targeting glucocorticoid-induced TNFR-related (GITR) protein. The Phase 1 trial demonstrated that a single dose of TRX518 in patients with advanced solid tumors was safe and well-tolerated. There were no autoimmune treatment-related adverse events. Saturation of TRX518 on GITR on T cells in peripheral blood was observed, and exposures demonstrating efficacy in preclinical models were safely reached. Henry Koon, M.D., of the University Hospitals, presented the data at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
“The safety and pharmacokinetic results from this clinical study have allowed us to further develop the drug in a repeat-dose study. We look forward to the exploring the activity of TRX518 as a single-agent and in combinations,” commented Dr. Koon.
Leap is enrolling patients in two clinical studies in patients with advanced solid tumors to assess the safety, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and efficacy of TRX518 when dosed at various dose levels and frequencies.
“GITR is emerging as an important target in regulating anti-tumor immune responses. Preclinical studies have shown that agonist anti-GITR antibodies can modulate inhibitory and stimulatory signals, which may potentiate anti-cancer immune responses,” commented Jedd Wolchok, M.D. Ph.D, Chief of Melanoma and Immunotherapeutics Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the principal investigator in Leap’s TRX518 study.
TRX518 is a humanized aglycosyl IgG1 monoclonal antibody with agonist activity targeting GITR. TRX518 has been shown to bind and activate GITR through bivalent binding to the receptor. TRX518 was engineered to remove Fc-receptor interactions to prevent complement-mediated cytolysis and antibody-mediated depletion of leukocytes expressing GITR. TRX518 surrogate antibodies have been effective in preclinical animal models, prolonging survival or enhancing immune responses when combined with chemotherapeutics and checkpoint inhibitors.
About Leap Therapeutics
Leap Therapeutics’ most advanced clinical candidate, DKN-01, is a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting the Dickkopf-1 (DKK1) protein. DKN-01 is in clinical trials in patients with gastroesophageal cancer in combination with paclitaxel and in patients with biliary tract cancers in combination with gemcitabine and cisplatin. Leap’s second clinical candidate, TRX518, is a novel, humanized GITR agonist monoclonal antibody designed to enhance the immune system’s anti-tumor response. Leap has signed a Merger Agreement with Macrocure Ltd (Nasdaq:MCUR) that is expected to result in Leap becoming a public company that will trade on The Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol “LPTX.” For more information about Leap Therapeutics, visit http://www.leaptx.com or our public filings with the SEC that are available via EDGAR at http://www.sec.gov.
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