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 that an article highlighting preclinical data from BT7480, a tumor-targeted immune cell agonist (TICA) targeting Nectin-4 and agonizing CD137 (4-1BB), was published in the Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer (JITC). The article, titled “BT7480, a novel fully synthetic Bicycle tumor-targeted immune cell agonist™ (Bicycle TICA™) induces tumor localized CD137 agonism” is available online via this link.
“CD137 is an important co-stimulatory receptor expressed on multiple components of the immune system. CD137 activation can drive anti-tumor immunity but activation outside of the tumor may give rise to toxicity. To that end, we have developed BT7480, a novel, first-in-class Nectin-4/CD137 Bicycle TICA™, that activates CD137 only in the presence of Nectin-4 expressing tumor cells,” said Nicholas Keen, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Bicycle Therapeutics. “The data published today in JITC describe BT7480’s ability to elicit rapid reprogramming of the tumor immune microenvironment, which leads to complete regressions and anti-tumor immunity with only intermittent drug exposure in syngeneic mouse tumor models. We believe this work supports the clinical investigation of BT7480 for the treatment of cancer, and we look forward to dosing the first patient in our Phase I/II clinical trial which we plan to commence by the end of this year.”
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 is evaluating BT5528, a second-generation Bicycle Toxin Conjugate (BTC™) targeting EphA2, and BT8009, a second-generation BTC™ targeting Nectin-4, a well-validated tumor antigen, in company-sponsored Phase I/II trials. In addition, BT1718, a BTC™ that targets MT1-MMP, is being investigated in an ongoing Phase I/IIa clinical trial sponsored by the Cancer Research UK Centre for Drug Development. 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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