CAMBRIDGE, England & BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bicycle Therapeutics plc (NASDAQ: BCYC), a biotechnology company pioneering a new and differentiated class of therapeutics based on its proprietary bicyclic peptide (Bicycle®) technology, today announced the first patient has been dosed in the Phase I dose escalation portion of a company-sponsored Phase I/II trial of BT8009, a Bicycle Toxin Conjugate (BTC) targeting Nectin-4. BT8009 is a second-generation BTC, which uses a valine-citrulline cleavable linker and a cytotoxin MMAE payload. It targets Nectin-4, which is a well-validated tumor antigen. Overexpression of Nectin-4 has been observed in several common tumor types and is associated with poor disease prognosis. The Phase I/II trial of BT8009 will be conducted in patients with advanced solid tumors associated with Nectin-4 expression.
“BT8009 is one of a new class of tumor-targeting agents that we believe represent the next generation of treatments for solid tumors. With a molecular weight 50-100 times smaller than that of a typical antibody drug conjugate, or ADC, and the anticipated ability to fully penetrate tumors with precision, we believe Bicycles® may have significant advantages over antibody-based approaches to tumor antigen targeting, a hypothesis supported by results from our preclinical studies,” said Kevin Lee, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Bicycle Therapeutics. “In preclinical head-to-head comparisons with an ADC targeting Nectin-4, BT8009 demonstrated superior anti-tumor activity, including complete regressions of very large and small tumors across multiple xenograft models. Given BT8009’s potential utility, we plan to pursue a clinical development path that could enable us to bring this novel therapy to patients efficiently.”
The Phase I/II multi-center, open-label trial will evaluate BT8009 administered once weekly. Enrollment is ongoing in the Phase I dose escalation of BT8009 given as a monotherapy, and the Company plans to evaluate BT8009 dosed in combination with an immune checkpoint inhibitor in future Phase I dose escalation cohorts. The Phase I portion of the trial is primarily designed to assess the safety and tolerability of BT8009, and to determine a recommended Phase II dose (RP2D). Following selection of an RP2D, Bicycle expects to initiate a Phase II dose expansion portion with the primary objective of evaluating the clinical activity of BT8009 in patients with Nectin-4-positive tumors.
About Bicycle Therapeutics
Bicycle Therapeutics (NASDAQ: BCYC) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a novel class of medicines, referred to as Bicycles®, for diseases that are underserved by existing therapeutics. Bicycles are fully synthetic short peptides constrained with small molecule scaffolds to form two loops that stabilize their structural geometry. This constraint facilitates target binding with high affinity and selectivity, making Bicycles attractive candidates for drug development. Bicycle’s lead product candidate, BT1718, a Bicycle Toxin Conjugate (BTC) that targets MT1-MMP, is being investigated in an ongoing Phase IIa clinical trial in collaboration with the Centre for Drug Development of Cancer Research UK. Bicycle is also evaluating BT5528, a second-generation BTC targeting EphA2, in a Company-sponsored Phase I/II study. BT8009 is a BTC targeting Nectin-4, a well-validated tumor antigen, and is also currently being evaluated a Company-sponsored Phase I/II trial. Bicycle is headquartered in Cambridge, UK with many key functions and members of its leadership team located in Lexington, MA. For more information, visit bicycletherapeutics.com.
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