CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Unum Therapeutics Inc. (UMRX), today announced that the Company will present preclinical data on a new proprietary technology platform called Bolt-On Chimeric Receptor, or BOXR, designed to improve the effectiveness of T cells in solid tumor cancers, at the upcoming Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) meeting taking place November 7-11, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
Unum has generated a large panel of novel bolt-on transgenes, evaluated using a unique screening strategy, and has identified lead candidates most likely to enhance T cell functions in the solid tumor microenvironment. The bolt-on transgenes enhanced immunometabolism or costimulation of both ACTR- and CAR-expressing T cells and significantly improved their function under stringent in vitro and in vivo conditions.
“We are excited by this new platform, which we believe has the potential to further bolster our ACTR technology pipeline, and highlights our innovative approaches to overcome immunosuppressive challenges in solid tumors,” said Seth Ettenberg, Unum’s Chief Scientific Officer. “We look forward to continuing to explore the potential of this novel technology by selecting a lead development candidate to bring to patients in need in the clinical setting.”
Details on the presentation are as follows:
Presentation Title: Select metabolic and costimulatory bolt-on transgenes enhance chimeric receptor-bearing T cell activity against solid tumors
Presenter: Luke Barron, PhD, Unum Therapeutics
Session Title: Cell-Based Therapies for Solid Tumors
Poster Number: 216
Date & Time: Saturday, November 10th, 12:20-1:50 and 7-8:30pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall E
About Unum Therapeutics
Unum Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel immunotherapy products designed to harness the power of a patient’s immune system to cure cancer. Unum’s novel proprietary technologies include Antibody-Coupled T cell Receptor (ACTR), a universal, engineered cell therapy intended to be used in combination with a wide range of tumor-specific antibodies to target different tumor types, and Bolt-On Chimeric Receptor (BOXR), an approach for improving T cell functionality to enable solid tumor cancer applications. ACTR087 and ACTR707, each used in combination with rituximab, an anti-CD20 antibody, are Unum’s two most advanced product candidates, currently in Phase I clinical testing in adult patients with relapsed or refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma (r/r NHL). The Company has an additional product candidate in Phase I clinical testing: ACTR087 used in combination with the novel antibody SEA-BCMA in adult patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma. Finally, the Company has an active investigational new drug application (IND) for ACTR707 used in combination with trastuzumab, an anti-human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) antibody, to treat patients with HER2+ advanced cancer. This Phase I trial is expected to be initiated by the end of 2018.
The Company is headquartered in Cambridge, MA.
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