CytomX Therapeutics Presents Overview of Conditionally-Activated Antibody-Drug Conjugate (ADC) Programs Including Next Generation EpCAM-Targeting CX-2051
- Presentation at World ADC Conference in San Diego -
- CX-2051 integrates CytomX core platform expertise to potentially maximize therapeutic window -
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CytomX Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTMX), a leader in the field of conditionally activated oncology therapeutics, today announced that the Company presented advances within its conditionally-activated ADC portfolio, including the next generation EpCAM-ADC, CX-2051, at the World ADC conference taking place September 6-9, 2022, in San Diego, CA.
“The momentum in the field of ADC therapeutics is incredibly exciting and holds great promise for the innovation and development of novel oncology therapeutics. Our pioneering work and experience in applying our versatile Probody® platform to the ADC modality has the potential to expand the universe of addressable targets and to further increase the therapeutic window of future molecules entering the clinic,” said Marcia P. Belvin, Ph.D., senior vice president and head of research at CytomX. “CX-2051, our EpCAM-targeted, conditionally activated ADC, is strategically tailored to optimize the therapeutic index for systemic treatment of EpCAM-expressing epithelial cancers, which is an area of high unmet need where, to date, efforts have not been successful due to dose-limiting toxicities.”
“Our strategy with CX-2051 is to match payload mechanism of action with tumor sensitivity, and we have selected the topoisomerase-1 inhibitor, camptothecin, as the payload for our newest ADC,” Dr. Belvin continued. “Topoisomerase-1 inhibitor-conjugated ADCs are showing impressive clinical activity, and importantly, the safety profiles of camptothecin and its derivatives have been well characterized. Additionally, two camptothecin derivatives, irinotecan and topotecan, have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for clinical use - irinotecan for pancreatic and colorectal cancer, and topotecan for ovarian, cervical, and small cell lung cancer. We plan to pursue multiple indications with this new therapeutic candidate and look forward to progressing to an investigational new drug application submission in the second half of 2023.”
Presentation highlights include:
- Review of clinical activity for the conditionally activated ADCs CX-2029 and praluzatamab ravtansine (CX-2009), targeting CD71 and CD166, respectively. CD71 and CD166 have historically been inaccessible targets for traditional ADCs due to their high expression levels on normal tissues. The data presented demonstrate clinical anti-cancer activity and a therapeutic window for these previously undruggable targets.
- The molecular structure of CX-2051, a masked, conditionally activated, EpCAM-targeting ADC with a next generation camptothecin-based linker payload. CX-2051 highlights the potential for CytomX’s Probody technology to unlock a new ADC target (EpCAM/Trop-1), which is a target that has previously yielded promising clinical results only through locally administered therapies.
- CX-2051 preclinical data indicating strong anti-cancer activity and tolerability with a favorable predicted therapeutic index.
The full presentation is available at the following link:
Tailoring the Selection of Target, Payload, & Tumor Type to Maximize the Therapeutic Index of Conditionally Activated ADCs
Marcia P. Belvin, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Head of Research, CytomX Therapeutics
About CytomX Therapeutics, Inc.
CytomX is a clinical-stage, oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company dedicated to destroying cancer differently. By pioneering a novel class of conditionally activated biologics, powered by its Probody® technology platform, CytomX’s goal is to transcend the limits of current cancer treatments. CytomX’s robust and differentiated pipeline comprises seven therapeutic candidates across multiple treatment modalities. Three of these candidates are in Phase 2 studies across multiple cancer types, including CX-2029 and praluzatamab ravtansine. CX-2029 is an investigational conditionally activated antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) directed toward CD71, which has demonstrated encouraging antitumor activity in patients with squamous non-small cell lung cancer and is being developed in collaboration with AbbVie. Praluzatamab ravtansine is an investigational conditionally activated ADC directed toward CD166 and is being studied in patients with advanced breast cancer. CytomX’s clinical pipeline also includes cancer immunotherapeutic candidates against validated targets such as the CTLA-4-targeting Probody therapeutics, BMS-986249 and BMS-986288, partnered with Bristol Myers Squibb, as well as CX-904, a conditionally activated T-cell-engaging bispecific antibody targeting the epidermal growth factor receptor on tumor cells and the CD3 receptor on T cells, which is partnered with Amgen. In addition, CytomX has a diverse preclinical portfolio of wholly-owned assets such as CX-801, an interferon alpha-2b Probody cytokine that has broad potential applicability in traditionally immuno-oncology sensitive as well as insensitive (cold) tumors and CX-2051, a conditionally activated ADC directed toward EpCAM, with potential applicability across multiple EpCAM-expressing epithelial cancers. CytomX has established strategic collaborations with multiple leaders in oncology, including AbbVie, Amgen, Astellas, and Bristol Myers Squibb. For more information about CytomX and how it is working to make conditionally activated treatments the new standard-of-care in the fight against cancer, visit www.cytomx.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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