TCR² Therapeutics Announces 2021 Strategic Priorities and Milestones
- Additional data from ongoing gavo-cel Phase 1/2 trial to be presented in 1H21
- Identification of gavo-cel recommended Phase 2 dose and initiation of Phase 2 study expected in 2021
- Initial data from ongoing TC-110 Phase 1/2 trial anticipated in 2021
- IND for third program on track to file in 2021
- Preclinical data from allogeneic TRuC-T cell program targeting mesothelin anticipated in 2021
- Preclinical data presentations from new autologous TRuC-T cell programs anticipated in 2021
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TCR2 TherapeuticsInc. (Nasdaq: TCRR), a clinical-stage immunotherapy company with a pipeline of novel T cell therapies for patients suffering from cancer, today announced its strategic priorities and anticipated upcoming milestones.
“In the past twelve months, we validated the clinical utility of our unique platform and demonstrated that our TRuC-T cells consistently deliver solid tumor regression in patients. Importantly, we are the first cell therapy company to show clinical activity in ovarian cancer. We are pleased that the significant progress across our entire pipeline positions us as a leader in the solid tumor field,” said Garry Menzel, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of TCR2 Therapeutics. “We believe 2021 will be another pivotal year for TCR2, ending with three product candidates in clinical trials, most notably gavo-cel in Phase 2 trials for multiple solid tumor indications. We anticipate sharing our clinical progress at several medical conferences. We will also be presenting preclinical data on new autologous TRuC-T cell programs and, significantly, our allogeneic TRuC-T cell program targeting mesothelin. Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic, we remain focused on the execution of our strategic priorities and bringing meaningful therapies to cancer patients.”
2021 Strategic Priorities and Milestones
Gavo-cel: lead TRuC-T cell targeting mesothelin-positive non-small cell lung cancer, ovarian cancer, malignant pleural/peritoneal mesothelioma, and cholangiocarcinoma.
- Additional safety, efficacy and translational data from Phase 1 dose escalation anticipated in first half of 2021, with data from additional non-mesothelioma patients
- Identification of recommended Phase 2 dose (RP2D) expected in 2021
- Initiation of Phase 2 expansion cohort anticipated in 2021
TC-110: TRuC-T cell targeting CD19-positive adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia and aggressive or indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
- Initial safety, efficacy and translational data from Phase 1 dose escalation anticipated in 2021
Pipeline Expansion: TCR2 plans to file an IND for a third TRuC-T cell program in 2021.
- Allogeneic TRuC-T cells: preclinical data from an allogeneic TRuC-T cell targeting mesothelin-positive solid tumors anticipated in 2021
- Autologous TRuC-T cells: preclinical data from a TRuC-T cell targeting CD70-positive solid tumors anticipated in 2021
Manufacturing: TCR2 continues to focus on building manufacturing capacity in a capital efficient manner.
- US Manufacturing Capacity: Material for gavo-cel clinical trials expected from Elevate Bio in 2021
- UK Manufacturing Facility: Additional clinical T cell production anticipated to come online by mid-2021
Cash Position and Financial Guidance
TCR2 ended the third quarter of 2020 with $246.7 million in cash, cash equivalents, and investments. The Company expects that its cash, cash equivalents and investments will fund operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements into 2023.
About TCR2 Therapeutics
TCR2 Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing a pipeline of novel T cell therapies for patients suffering from solid tumors or hematological malignancies. TCR2’s proprietary T cell receptor (TCR) Fusion Construct T cells (TRuC®-T cells) specifically recognize and kill cancer cells by harnessing signaling from the entire TCR, independent of human leukocyte antigens (HLA). In preclinical studies, TRuC-T cells have demonstrated superior anti-tumor activity compared to chimeric antigen receptor T cells (CAR-T cells), while secreting lower levels of cytokine release. The Company’s lead TRuC-T cell product candidate targeting solid tumors, gavo-cel, is currently being studied in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial to treat patients with mesothelin-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), ovarian cancer, malignant pleural/peritoneal mesothelioma, and cholangiocarcinoma. The Company’s lead TRuC-T cell product candidate targeting hematological malignancies, TC-110, is currently being studied in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial to treat patients with CD19-positive adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia (aALL) and with aggressive or indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). For more information about TCR2, please visit www.tcr2.com.
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