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Kadmon Doses First Patient in Phase 1 Clinical Trial of KD033, an Anti-PD-L1/IL-15 Fusion Protein, in Adults with Metastatic or Locally Advanced Solid Tumors
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 8:00 AM
NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / June 23, 2020 / Kadmon Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:KDMN) today announced that the first patient has been dosed in a Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating KD033, an anti-PD-L1/IL-15 fusion protein, in patients with metastatic or locally advanced solid tumors. KD033 is a novel immunotherapy designed to stimulate innate and adaptive immune responses directed to the tumor microenvironment.
"We are pleased to initiate clinical development of KD033, which has demonstrated encouraging efficacy and durability in a variety of tumor types in preclinical models," said Harlan W. Waksal, M.D., President and CEO of Kadmon. "By directing the anti-tumor activity of IL-15 to the tumor microenvironment, KD033 has the potential to stimulate patients' immune responses to fight cancer while avoiding systemic toxicities. This study initiation represents an important milestone for Kadmon and our platform of IL-15-containing fusion proteins. We look forward to providing further updates on this trial as they become available."
Recombinant IL-15 (rIL-15) is an immunostimulatory cytokine that has demonstrated clinical activity in the treatment of several cancers. rIL-15 expands key tumor-fighting cell types, including natural killer (NK), natural killer T (NKT) cells and memory T cells, without expanding immunosuppressive Treg cells, allowing for robust and durable anti-tumor responses. Clinical use of rIL-15 has been limited by its short half-life and narrow therapeutic window. To address these challenges, Kadmon has developed KD033, which is designed to direct IL-15 activity to the tumor microenvironment of PD-L1-expressing tumors and to achieve a greater therapeutic window. KD033 is designed to promote long-lasting efficacy while reducing systemic exposure of IL-15 to potentially increase safety and tolerability.
In preclinical studies, a single dose of KD033 demonstrated robust in vivo pharmacological activity and inhibited tumor growth across multiple syngeneic mouse models. KD033 also induced T-cell memory, resulting in mice that remained tumor-free following several tumor re-challenges. KD033 demonstrated significant tumor inhibition in animal models that are resistant to approved immunotherapies such as PD-L1, PD-1 or CTLA-4 antibodies.
About the KD033-101 Clinical Trial
KD033-101 is a Phase 1, open-label, dose-escalation and dose-expansion study investigating the safety and efficacy of KD033 in patients with metastatic or locally advanced solid tumors. The dose-escalation phase of the study will evaluate the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and identify the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of KD033. The dose-expansion phase of the study will enroll approximately 15 patients who have progressed or are refractory to programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1)/programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) inhibitor therapy to assess safety, efficacy and determine the recommended Phase 2 dose (RP2D) of KD033.
KD033 is a novel immunotherapy developed in-house and is fully owned by Kadmon. KD033 combines an anti-PD-L1 antibody with IL-15, a cytokine that expands key tumor-fighting cell types, including natural killer (NK), natural killer T (NKT) and memory T cells, to potentially induce durable responses and inhibit tumor growth. The anti-PD-L1 antibody directs IL-15 activity to the tumor microenvironment, limiting systemic exposure of IL-15 to potentially increase safety and tolerability. KD033 was well tolerated in GLP toxicology studies at clinically relevant doses. KD033 process development and manufacturing was completed through a successful collaboration with Wuxi Biologics and exhibited desired manufacturability and stability criteria.
KD033 is the most advanced candidate from Kadmon's IL-15 fusion protein platform. The Company is developing a portfolio of therapies combining IL-15 with select antibodies for the treatment of cancer.
Kadmon is a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative products for significant unmet medical needs. Our product pipeline is focused on inflammatory and fibrotic diseases as well as immuno-oncology.
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