"We are pleased to announce the presentation of five abstracts for our lead I-O investigational candidate, bempegaldesleukin, which includes important translational clinical data for the combination of bempeg with nivolumab as well as early data from an investigator-sponsored pilot study conducted in patients with heavily pre-treated, rapidly progressing and refractory sarcomas," said
Details of abstract presentations are as follows:
Developmental Immunotherapy and Tumor Immunobiology
Abstract #2584/Poster Board #228*
Title: "Overcoming genetically-based resistance mechanisms to PD-1 blockade", Torrejon, D., et al.
Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019,
*2019 ASCO Annual Meeting Merit Award recipient
Abstract #2623/Poster Board #267
Title: "Baseline tumor-immune signatures associated with response to bempegaldesleukin (NKTR-214) and nivolumab", Hurwitz, M., et al.
Emerging Combinations in Sarcoma Immunotherapy
Title: "Pilot study of bempegaldesleukin (NKTR-214) and nivolumab in patients with sarcomas"
Presenter: Sandra D'Angelo, M.D.,
Date: Monday, June 3, 2019,
Location: McCormick Place, S100a
Details of Trials in
Abstract TPS9601/Poster Board #168b (Trials in progress (TiP) abstract)
Title: "CA045-001: A phase III, randomized, open label study of bempegaldesleukin (NKTR-214) plus nivolumab (NIVO) versus NIVO monotherapy in patients (pts) with previously untreated, unresectable or metastatic melanoma (MEL)", Khushalani, N., et al.
Date: Monday, June 3, 2019,
Genitourinary (Nonprostate) Cancer
Abstract TPS4595/Poster Board #416b (Trials in progress (TiP) abstract)
Title: "A phase III randomized open label study comparing bempegaldesleukin (NKTR-214) plus nivolumab to sunitinib or cabozantinib (investigator's choice) in patients with previously untreated advanced renal cell carcinoma", Tannir, N., et al.
About Bempegaldesleukin (NKTR-214)
Bempegaldesleukin is an investigational, first-in-class, CD122-preferential IL-2 pathway agonist designed to provide rapid activation and proliferation of cancer-killing immune cells, known as CD8+ effector T cells and natural killer (NK) cells, without over activating the immune system. Bempegaldesleukin stimulates these cancer-killing immune cells in the body by targeting CD122 specific receptors found on the surface of these immune cells. CD122, which is also known as the Interleukin-2 receptor beta subunit, is a key signaling receptor that is known to increase proliferation of these effector T cells.1 In clinical and preclinical studies, treatment with bempegaldesleukin resulted in expansion of these cells and mobilization into the tumor micro-environment.2,3 Bempegaldesleukin has an antibody-like dosing regimen similar to the existing checkpoint inhibitor class of approved medicines.
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1 Boyman, J., et al., Nature Reviews Immunology, 2012, 12, 180-190.
2 Charych, D., et al.,
3 Diab, A., et al.,