CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 30, 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 deliver a poster presentation on its lead program, CUE-101, at the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer 34th Annual Meeting (SITC 2019). SITC is being held on November 6-10, 2019 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.
|Category:||Novel Single-Agent Immunotherapies|
|Title:||CUE-101, a novel HPV16 E7:pMHC:IL-2:Fc fusion protein, enhances tumor antigen specific T cell activation for the treatment of HPV16-driven malignancies|
|Date:||Friday, November 8, 2019|
|Time:||7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST|
|Location:||Prince George AB, Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center|
About the CUE-100 Series
The CUE-100 series consists of Fc-fusion biologics that incorporate peptide-MHC (pMHC) molecules along with rationally engineered IL-2 molecules. This singular biologic is anticipated to selectively target, activate and expand a robust repertoire of tumor-specific T cells directly in the patient. The binding affinity of IL-2 for its receptor has been deliberately attenuated to achieve preferential selective activation of tumor-specific effector T cells while reducing potential for effects on regulatory T cells (Tregs) or broad systemic activation, potentially mitigating the dose-limiting toxicities associated with current IL-2-based therapies.
CUE-101, our lead program from the CUE-100 series, 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 designed to target and activate antigen-specific T cells present in the patient’s body to attack HPV16-driven cancers. CUE-101 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). For more information about the trial, please visit clinicaltrial.gov.
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 interaction with the T cell receptor (TCR), 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 directly in the patient’s body (in vivo), they are fundamentally different from other T cell therapeutic approaches that require the patients’ T cells to be extracted, 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 treatments.
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