MONROVIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Xencor, Inc. (NASDAQ: XNCR), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing engineered monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of cancer, autoimmune diseases, asthma and allergic diseases, today announced that the first patient has been dosed in XmAb23104-01 (DUET-3), a Phase 1 clinical study to evaluate the safety and tolerability of XmAb23104, a bispecific antibody that simultaneously targets the immune receptors PD-1 and ICOS, for the treatment of patients with advanced solid tumors.
“Despite the success of checkpoint inhibitors, the benefit of therapy is not universal. We designed XmAb23104 to improve anti-tumor responses through a novel mechanism of action that activates and induces proliferation of T cells through simultaneous checkpoint inhibition and co-stimulation,” said Paul Foster, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer at Xencor. “Both PD-1 and ICOS are more highly expressed on T cells in the tumor microenvironment than on those in the periphery, and through preferential targeting of cells that express both of these receptors, we hope to be able to drive a stronger anti-tumor response than anti-PD-1 monotherapy with improved tolerability for patients.”
DUET-3 is a Phase 1, multiple-dose, dose-escalation study that will characterize the safety and tolerability, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, immunogenicity and preliminary anti-tumor activity of intravenous administration of XmAb23104 in patients with selected advanced solid tumors. For more information about DUET-3, please visit https://clinicaltrials.gov (identifier: NCT03752398).
XmAb23104 is a bispecific antibody that simultaneously targets PD-1, an immune checkpoint receptor, and ICOS, an immune co-stimulatory receptor, and is designed to promote tumor-selective T-cell activation. Xencor’s XmAb® bispecific Fc domain serves as the scaffold for these two antigen binding domains and confers long circulating half-life, stability and ease of manufacture. XmAb bispecific Fc domains have been engineered to eliminate Fc gamma receptor (FcγR) binding, with the intent to prevent activation and/or depletion of T cells via engagement by FcγR-expressing cells. XmAb23104 is being evaluated in XmAb23104-01 (DUET-3), a Phase 1 study for the treatment of advanced solid tumors.
About Xencor, Inc.
Xencor is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing engineered monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of cancer, autoimmune diseases, asthma and allergic diseases. Currently, 13 candidates engineered with Xencor's XmAb® technology are in clinical development internally and with partners. Xencor's XmAb antibody engineering technology enables small changes to the structure of monoclonal antibodies resulting in new mechanisms of therapeutic action. For more information, please visit www.xencor.com.
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