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Cue Biopharma to Present at the Oppenheimer Houston Oncology Summit at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cue Biopharma, Inc. (CUE), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engineering a novel class of injectable biologics to selectively engage and modulate targeted T cells within the body, announced today that it will present at the Houston Oncology Summit at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 10:40 a.m. CT in Houston, Texas.

Daniel Passeri, chief executive officer of Cue Biopharma, will provide an overview of the clinical development plan and strategy for the company’s lead program CUE-101, which is currently being tested in a Phase 1 clinical trial for the treatment of HPV16-driven recurrent or metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). His presentation will also include an update on the company’s Immuno-STAT™ (Selective Targeting and Alteration of T cells) platform and pipeline progress for the IL-2 based CUE-100 series.

About CUE-100 Series
Product candidates developed within the CUE-100 series are designed to selectively target tumor-specific T cells peptide-MHC complexes (pMHC) in combination with interleukin 2 (IL-2), which together are critical to the activation, expansion and survival of T cells. The binding affinity of IL-2 for its receptor has been attenuated to achieve preferential selective activation of tumor-specific T cells without broad systemic activation, potentially mitigating the dose-limiting toxicities associated with current IL-2-based therapies.

The lead program from the CUE-100 series, CUE-101, contains IL-2 and a pMHC composed of HLA-A*02:01 complexed with a dominant peptide derived from the human papilloma virus 16 E7 protein (HPV16-E7). The drug is a fusion protein biologic designed to target and activate antigen-specific T cells to attack HPV-driven cancers.

About Immuno-STAT
Immuno-STAT™ biologics are designed for targeted modulation of disease-associated T cells in the areas of immuno-oncology and autoimmune disease. Each of our biologic drugs is designed using our proprietary scaffold comprising: 1) a peptide-MHC complex (pMHC) to provide selectivity through the pMHC T cell receptor (TCR) interaction, and 2) a unique co-stimulatory signaling molecule to modulate the activity of the target T cells.

The simultaneous engagement of co-stimulatory molecules and pMHC binding mimics the signals delivered by antigen presenting cells (APCs) to T cells during a natural immune response. This design enables Immuno-STAT biologics to engage with the T cell population of interest, resulting in highly targeted T cell modulation. Because our drugs are delivered in vivo, they are fundamentally different from other T cell therapeutic approaches, which require the patients’ T cells to be extracted, then stimulated and expanded outside the body (ex vivo) and reinfused in an activated state.

About Cue Biopharma
Cue Biopharma, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, is engineering a novel class of injectable biologics to selectively engage and modulate targeted T cells within the body to transform the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases. The company’s proprietary Immuno-STAT™ (Selective Targeting and Alteration of T cells) platform is designed to harness the body’s intrinsic immune system without the need for ex vivo manipulation.

Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, we are led by an experienced management team and independent Board of Directors with deep expertise in the design and clinical development of protein biologics, immunology and immuno-oncology.

For more information, visit www.cuebio.com and follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/CueBiopharma.

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