- Updated preclinical data for ADU-S100, a first-in-class small molecule therapeutic in Phase 1 studies targeting the STimulator of INterferon Genes (STING) pathway;
- New preclinical data for ADU-1604, an anti-CTLA-4 antibody scheduled to enter clinical development in the second half of 2018; and,
- Preclinical data for BION-1301, an anti-APRIL antibody currently in a Phase 1/2 study for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma.
“These robust and new data continue to elucidate the diverse mechanisms by which our immunotherapies may provide new therapeutic alternatives for the large majority of patients that do not currently benefit from available cancer immunotherapies,” said
Presentation Title (Abstract #631): Intratumoral activation of STING with a synthetic cyclic dinucleotide elicits antitumor CD8+ T cell immunity that effectively combines with checkpoint inhibitors
In addition, combining ADU-S100 with checkpoint inhibitors enhances the durable immunity even in tumors that are resistant to anti-PD-1 treatment. Aduro and
Presentation Title (Abstract #1702): Assessment of pharmacology and toxicology of anti-CTLA-4 antibody (ADU-1604) in non-human primates and evolution of local and anti-CTLA-4 application
Presentation Title (Abstract #3780): Preclinical pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and safety of BION-1301, a first-in-class antibody targeting APRIL for the treatment of multiple myeloma
About STING Pathway Activator Platform
The Aduro-proprietary STING pathway activator product candidates, including ADU-S100 (MIW815), are synthetic small molecule immune modulators that are designed to target and activate human STING. STING is generally expressed at high levels in immune cells, including dendritic cells. Once activated, the STING receptor initiates a profound innate immune response through multiple pathways, inducing the expression of a broad profile of cytokines, including interferons and chemokines. This subsequently leads to the development of a systemic tumor antigen-specific T cell adaptive immune response.
Aduro’s lead molecule, ADU-S100/MIW815, is the first therapeutic in development specifically targeting STING. In collaboration with
Cytotoxic T‐lymphocyte‐associated protein 4 (CTLA‐4) is a negative regulator of T cell responses and is an immune checkpoint. Blocking CTLA-4 using antibodies may produce an anti-tumor response by enhancing T cell activation and their cancer cell killing activity in the tumor. This therapeutic target has been clinically validated by others in advanced melanoma. Aduro is developing a proprietary humanized anti-CTLA-4 antibody called ADU-1604 that binds to a unique epitope and its potency has been demonstrated in vitro and in vivo. Based on preclinical studies, Aduro believes that ADU-1604 when combined with innate and adaptive immune cell stimulators such as STING agonists and cancer vaccines, can display an amplified anti-tumor effect against poorly immunogenic tumors. ADU-1604 is anticipated to enter clinical development in the second half of 2018.
Aduro is currently evaluating BION-1301, its most advanced proprietary B-select monoclonal antibody, as a novel therapy for multiple myeloma. Despite new treatments recently approved in multiple myeloma, this disease remains incurable as patients relapse, or become resistant to, currently-available therapies. In preclinical studies, Aduro has established that A PRoliferation-Inducing Ligand (APRIL) plays a crucial part in the protective bone marrow tumor microenvironment. In these studies, APRIL, through the B cell maturation antigen (BCMA), was shown to be critically involved in the survival, proliferation and chemoresistance of multiple myeloma, and upregulates mechanisms of immunoresistance, including PD-L1 upregulation. BION-1301, a humanized antibody that blocks APRIL from binding to its receptors, has been shown in preclinical studies to halt tumor growth and overcome drug resistance. In addition, BION-1301 also demonstrated the ability to inhibit immune suppressive effects of regulatory T cells via TACI but not BCMA in multiple myeloma blood and bone marrow. BION-1301 is currently being evaluated in a Phase 1/2 clinical study.
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