Neon Therapeutics Submits European Clinical Trial Authorization Application for Personal Neoantigen-Targeted T Cell Therapy NEO-PTC-01

December 18, 2019 at 8:01 AM EST
Study of NEO-PTC-01 in metastatic melanoma patients expected to initiate in first half of 2020

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Neon Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGN) today announced that it has filed a Clinical Trial Authorization (CTA) with the Dutch Health Authority for the evaluation of NEO-PTC-01 in patients with metastatic melanoma who are refractory to checkpoint inhibitors.  NEO-PTC-01 is a personal neoantigen-targeted T cell therapy candidate derived from patients’ peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and consisting of multiple T cell populations targeting the most therapeutically relevant neoantigens from each patient’s tumor.

Neon plans to initiate a Phase 1 dose escalation clinical trial in metastatic melanoma in collaboration with the Netherlands Cancer Institute in the first half of 2020. The second planned indication for NEO-PTC-01 is metastatic ovarian cancer, with the potential to both expand to other solid tumor types and pursue clinical development in the United States.

“This filing of a CTA with the Dutch Health Authority for NEO-PTC-01 is the culmination of several years of work to refine our proprietary NEO-STIM™ process to prime, activate and expand neoantigen-targeting T cells ex vivo. Importantly, it moves us one step closer to demonstrating NEO-PTC-01’s potential to unlock the potency of cell therapy in solid tumors,” said Hugh O’Dowd, Neon’s Chief Executive Officer.

“We believe NEO-PTC-01 has several key advantages that overcome the challenges of other cell therapy approaches. In preclinical studies, including research using patient tumor samples, we have demonstrated the ability to produce multiple neoantigen-specific CD8+ and CD4+ T cell populations, including both memory and de novo T cell responses. We have further shown that these T cell populations kill tumor cells by targeting tumor neoantigens,” said Richard Gaynor, M.D., Neon’s President of Research and Development. “We believe that our approach to leveraging these neoantigen targets will provide the tumor specificity required to develop safe, effective and durable T cell therapies for the treatment of solid tumors. We look forward to demonstrating these potential benefits in our Phase 1 study in metastatic melanoma.”

About NEO-PTC-01

NEO-PTC-01 leverages Neon’s neoantigen platforms, including RECON®, its machine-learning bioinformatics platform, and NEO-STIM™, its proprietary process to directly prime, activate and expand neoantigen-targeting T cells ex vivo. Neon believes that these platform technologies will allow NEO-PTC-01, a non-engineered product that leverages PBMCs as starting material, to specifically target each patient's individual tumor with T cells that can drive a robust and persistent anti-tumor response.

About Neon Therapeutics

Neon Therapeutics is a biotechnology company developing novel neoantigen-targeted T cell therapies, dedicated to transforming the treatment of cancer by directing the immune system towards neoantigens. Neon is using its neoantigen platform to develop both personal and precision neoantigen-targeted T cell therapy candidates. Neon’s most advanced program is NEO-PTC-01, its personal neoantigen-targeted T cell therapy candidate consisting of multiple T cell populations targeting the most therapeutically relevant neoantigens from each patient’s tumor.

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