ROCKVILLE, Md., June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MacroGenics, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company that develops immunotherapeutics to treat autoimmune disorders, cancer and infectious diseases, today announced that 1-year data from Protege, the Company's Phase 3 clinical study of teplizumab in type 1 diabetes patients, will be presented at the American Diabetes Association's 71st Scientific Sessions symposium in San Diego, California on June 28, 2011 at 9:10 a.m. PDT.
Dr. Nicole Sherry, Director of the Diabetes Center at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, and a lead investigator in the Protege study, will be presenting the results of the Phase 3 data as well as the results of exploratory post-hoc analyses.
Teplizumab, also called MGA031 and hOKT3gamma1 (Ala-Ala), is a humanized, anti-CD3 monoclonal antibody. Teplizumab binds to an epitope of the CD3-epsilon chain expressed on mature T lymphocytes and, by doing so, may modulate the pathological immunologic responses underlying multiple autoimmune diseases. Specifically, teplizumab may inhibit unwanted effector T cells and enhance beneficial regulatory T cell functions, thus promoting immune tolerance. MacroGenics retains full worldwide rights to teplizumab.
About MacroGenics, Inc.
MacroGenics is a private, venture-backed biotechnology company that focuses on the discovery, development and delivery to patients of novel biologics for autoimmune disorders, cancer and infectious diseases. The company has built a fully-integrated set of capabilities in antibody-based product development which supports its innovative pipeline of clinical stage product candidates. MacroGenics' proprietary research is based on three core technology platforms, which include: (1) a method for generating cancer stem-like cells; (2) Dual-Affinity Re-Targeting (or DART) technology, which allows the company to incorporate multiple specificities within a single recombinant molecule; and (3) Fc optimization, which enhances antibody-dependent effector functions. The company has global product development collaborations with Boehringer Ingelheim and Pfizer Inc. For more information about MacroGenics, please visit www.macrogenics.com.
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