A fully human EGFRvIII-targeted bispecific antibody engaging T cells for antitumor therapy

Value Proposition

The most common malignant brain tumor, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), remains uniformly fatal despite surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Conventional therapy for malignant glioma fails to specifically target tumor cells. In contrast, substantial evidence indicates that if appropriately redirected, T cells can precisely eradicate tumors. Current therapy for malignant glioma is incapacitating as a result of nonspecific, dose-limiting toxicity. In contrast, immunotherapy promises an exquisitely precise approach, and evidence now exists that adoptively transferred T cells expressing modified T-cell receptors (TCR) or chimeric antigen receptors (CAR) can eradicate large tumors in the central nervous system (CNS) in both preclinical and clinical studies. Although promising, these approaches rely on ex vivo expanded and genetically manipulated T cells, processes that are laborious, inconsistent, and often require complex viral transductions. In addition, these T cells are almost always targeted to antigens shared with normal tissues, which has led to lethal autoimmune toxicity.

Technology

Duke inventors have developed a clinically translatable method to specifically target malignant glioma using a tumor-specific, fully human bispecific antibody that redirects patients' own T cells to recognize and destroy tumors. This translatable, off-the-shelf, fully human therapeutic is produced in a fashion compatible with existing clinical antibody manufacturing infrastructure and has significant potential to improve public health and quality of life for patients affected by malignant glioma and other cancers. The inventors have demonstrated robust, antitumor immune responses capable of curing well-established, patient-derived malignant glioma that heterogeneously expresses the target antigen. Investigators are approaching the start of a phase 1 study at this point.

Advantages

  • A fully human, EGFRvIII:CD3–targeted bispecific antibody suitable for clinical translation supported by a grant providing $5 M in antibody optimization and manufacturing through to a phase 1 study
  • A therapeutic approach that has significant potential to enhance the standard of care for patients of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)
  • Fully optimized cell lines ready for manufacturing on a clinical scale
glioblastoma multiforme brain scan

Duke File (IDF) Number

T-004008

Inventor(s)

  • Bigner, Darell
  • Cai, Mingqing
  • Choi, Bryan
  • Gedeon, Patrick
  • Kuan, Chien-Tsun
  • Sampson, John

Patents

    • Patent Number: 10,053,514
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: United States of America
    • Patent Number: 10,053,514
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: United States of America
    • Patent Number: 20144287244
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Australia
    • Patent Number: 20144287244
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Australia
    • Patent Number: 2,917,919
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Canada
    • Patent Number: 2,917,919
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Canada
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: United Kingdom
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: United Kingdom
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Greece
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Greece
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: France
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: France
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Spain
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Spain
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    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Turkey
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Turkey
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Poland
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Poland
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Switzerland
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Switzerland
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Liechtenstein
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Liechtenstein
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Netherlands
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Netherlands
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Belgium
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Belgium
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Sweden
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Sweden
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Italy
    • Patent Number: 3019532
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Italy
    • Patent Number: 60 2014 039 270.9 (3019532)
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Germany
    • Patent Number: 60 2014 039 270.9 (3019532)
    • Title: CERTAIN IMPROVED HUMAN BISPECIFIC EGFRvIII ANTIBODY ENGAGING MOLECULES
    • Country: Germany

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