Bicycle Therapeutics Announces First Patient Dosed in Phase I/II Trial of Bicycle® Tumor-targeted Immune Cell Agonist™ BT7480 in Patients with Advanced Solid Tumors Associated with Nectin-4 Expression
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- Published on Thursday, 04 November 2021 18:19
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- BT7480 is the Company’s Fourth Product Candidate to Enter the Clinic in the Past Four Years
- This is Bicycle’s First Immuno-oncology Asset to Enter the Clinic
CAMBRIDGE, UK & BOSTON, MA, USA I November 04, 2021 I 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 the first patient has been dosed in the Phase I dose escalation portion of a company-sponsored Phase I/II trial of BT7480, a novel, fully synthetic Bicycle tumor-targeted immune cell agonist™ (Bicycle TICA™) targeting Nectin-4 and agonizing CD137. Preclinical studies have demonstrated that BT7480 activates CD137 only in the presence of Nectin-4 expressing tumor cells. The Phase I/II trial of BT7480 will be conducted in patients with advanced solid tumors associated with Nectin-4 expression.
“BT7480 is our first Bicycle TICA to enter the clinic and is one of a new class of tumor-targeting agents,” said Kevin Lee, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Bicycle Therapeutics. “Overexpression of Nectin-4, a well-validated tumor antigen, has been observed in several common tumor types and is associated with poor disease prognosis. Activation of CD137, a co-stimulatory receptor expressed on multiple components of the immune system, can drive anti-tumor immunity, but activation outside of the tumor may give rise to toxicity. Preclinical studies have shown encouraging results, and we look forward to studying the safety and efficacy of this unique asset as we begin the dose escalation portion of the trial.”
The Phase I/II multi-center, open-label trial will evaluate BT7480 administered once weekly. Enrollment is ongoing in the Phase I dose escalation of BT7480 given as a monotherapy, and the Company plans to evaluate BT7480 dosed in combination with nivolumab in future Phase I dose escalation cohorts. The Phase I portion of the trial is primarily designed to assess the safety and tolerability of BT7480, 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 BT7480 as monotherapy and in combination with nivolumab 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 is evaluating BT5528, a second-generation Bicycle Toxin Conjugate (BTC™) targeting EphA2; BT8009, a second-generation BTC targeting Nectin-4, a well-validated tumor antigen; and BT7480, a Bicycle TICA™ targeting Nectin-4 and agonizing CD137, 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.
SOURCE: Bicycle Therapeutics