Animal Study Demonstrates Combination of HS-110 and HS-130 Yields Three-Fold Increase in Anti-Tumor CD8+ T-cell Expansion
DURHAM, NC / ACCESSWIRE / April 2, 2019 / Heat Biologics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTBX), a biopharmaceutical company developing immunotherapies designed to activate a patient’s immune system against cancer, announces that it delivered a poster presentation yesterday, April 1, 2019, at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting. The Company’s presentation, entitled, ”Generation of a novel, allogeneic cell-based, Gp96-Ig/OX40L cancer vaccine, improves anti-tumor immunity and long-term memory T-cell generation,” is available online here.
The poster presentation featured the Company’s next generation cellular vaccine platform, ComPACT (COMbination Pan-Antigen Cytotoxic Therapy), which incorporates a tumor antigen chaperone (gp96-Ig) with T-cell costimulation (OX40L-Ig), simulating a single tumor cell line source that secretes both products. The presentation modeled how the addition of human HS-130, which secretes OX40L-Ig, to HS-110 may impact anti-tumor immune responses. This combination generated a three-fold increase in CD8+ T-cell expansion, increased numbers of long-lived tumor-specific T-cells, and potent short-lived killer T-cells required for tumor growth control.
Matt Seavey, Ph.D., Heat’s Senior Director of Research, commented, ”We are highly encouraged by these preliminary results in a mouse model, which demonstrate that the combination of HS-110 with OX40L co-stimulation has the potential to dramatically enhance anti-tumor immune responses. Moreover, this study further informed our selection of the ideal ratio of gp96 to OX40L, which will be helpful as we prepare to file an IND for our HS-130 ComPACT trial later this quarter.”
About AACR Annual Meeting 2019
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About Heat Biologics, Inc.
Heat Biologics is a biopharmaceutical company developing immunotherapies designed to activate a patient’s immune system against cancer using of CD8+ “Killer” T-cells. Our T-Cell Activation Platform (“TCAP”) produces therapies designed to turn “cold” tumors “hot” and be administered in combination with checkpoint therapies and other immuno-modulators to increase their effectiveness. HS-110 is our first biologic product candidate in a series of proprietary immunotherapies designed to stimulate a patient’s own T-cells to attack cancer. Our ComPACT technology is the first potential, dual-acting immunotherapy designed to deliver T-cell activation and co-stimulation in a single product. We are currently enrolling patients in our Phase 2 clinical trial for advanced non-small cell lung cancer, in combination with Bristol-Myers Squibb’s nivolumab (Opdivo®) and with Merck’s pembrolizumab (Keytruda®). Pelican Therapeutics, a subsidiary of Heat, is focused on the development of co-stimulatory monoclonal antibody and fusion protein-based therapies designed to activate the immune system. For more information, please visit www.heatbio.com.
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