-New Data Highlights the Flexibility of OncoSec's Therapeutic Platform to Enable Greater Anti-Tumor Activity with the Next-Generation TAVOPLUS IL-12 Plasmid
PENNINGTON, N.J. and SAN DIEGO, June 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- OncoSec Medical Incorporated (the "Company" or "OncoSec") (Nasdaq: ONCS), a company developing late-stage intratumoral cancer immunotherapies, today presented new data further demonstrating the power of OncoSec's next-generation interleukin-12 (IL-12) plasmid (TAVOPLUS) therapeutic when combined with a T cell stimulator (TAVOPLUS-CD3) or an enhanced chemokine gradient (TAVOPLUS-CXCL9). These product candidates, coupled with the new low-voltage electroporation gene delivery system, represent a promising approach for treating patients with a variety of solid tumors. The data were presented today during two late-breaking poster presentations at the American Association for Cancer (AACR) Virtual Annual Meeting II being held from June 22-24, 2020.
"Multiple studies have used intratumoral plasmid IL-12 (TAVO™) to treat solid tumor indications with a demonstrable clinical benefit due to this cytokine's ability to drive deep and durable immune responses," said Christopher Twitty, Ph.D., OncoSec's Chief Science Officer. "The new preclinical data exhibited in both AACR presentations highlights the evolution of OncoSec's IL-12-based platform. Incorporation of a chemokine gradient and a polyclonal T cell stimulator with the enhanced IL-12 backbone of TAVOPLUS holds significant potential in the treatment of solid tumors. We believe these data provide a strong rationale for filing an Investigational New Drug application and we are excited to advance TAVOPLUS into clinical development."
The following posters were presented during the session titled, "Late-Breaking Research: Immunology 2":
Title: "Intratumoral electroporation of plasmid-encoded IL-12 and membrane-bound anti-CD3 increases tumor immunogenicity and augments the function of T cell subsets"
Poster Number: 14
Abstract Number: LB-390
Compared to IT-tavo-EP, TAVO+-αCD3 enhances T cells engagement with tumor cells and augments T cell killing function in preclinical cancer models by:
- Increasing expressor memory T cells, which may extend anti-tumor response from treatment.
- Increasing activated T cells in peripheral blood, which may enhance anti-tumor response throughout the body.
- Increasing antigen specific T cells anti-tumor activity, which leads to enhanced cancer cell recognition by T cells.
- Restoring the exhausted, non-active T cells' anti-tumor activity, which leads to re-energized cancer cell killing activity.
Title: "Amplification of the CXCR3/CXCL9 axis via intratumoral electroporation of CXCL9 synergizes with IL-12 gene therapy (TAVO) to elicit robust anti-tumor immunity"
Poster Number: 20
Abstract Number: LB-396
- Data demonstrated that IL-12, in concert with CXCL9 (a potent chemokine), leads to brisk infiltration of T cells and efficient remodeling of the tumor microenvironment, making tumors more susceptible to treatment.
- This new product candidate thus builds upon OncoSec's plasmid based immunotherapeutic platform by augmenting the effects of IL-12 with the inclusion of CXCL9.
- Study showed that combining intratumoral TAVO™ with a DNA-encoded, locally secreted CXCL9, significantly improves anti-PD1 response, thus providing an approach to extend the benefit of PD-1 blockade to more patients.
About OncoSec Medical Incorporated
OncoSec Medical Incorporated is a late-stage biotechnology company focused on developing cytokine-based intratumoral immunotherapies to stimulate the body's immune system to target and attack cancer. OncoSec's lead product candidate, TAVO™, enables the intratumoral delivery of DNA-based interleukin-12 or IL-12, a naturally occurring protein with immune-stimulating functions. The technology, which employs electroporation, is designed to produce a controlled, localized expression of IL-12 in the tumor microenvironment, enabling the immune system to target and attack tumors throughout the body. OncoSec has built a deep clinical pipeline utilizing TAVO as a potential treatment for multiple cancer indications either as a monotherapy or in combination with leading checkpoint inhibitors. The company is currently evaluating TAVO in combination with the anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor, KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab), in two KEYNOTE clinical trials, including a pivotal trial in patients with anti-PD-1 checkpoint resistant metastatic melanoma and a phase 2 trial in metastatic triple negative breast cancer. OncoSec is also identifying and developing new DNA-encoded therapeutic candidates and tumor indications for use with its novel Visceral Lesion Applicator designed to target deep internal lesions, such as liver, lung or pancreatic lesions. For more information, please visit www.oncosec.com.
TAVO™ is a trademark of OncoSec Medical Incorporated.
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