HOLON, Israel, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Compugen Ltd. (Nasdaq: CGEN), a clinical-stage cancer immunotherapy company and leader in predictive target discovery, was informed that Bayer AG dosed the first patient in the Phase 1 clinical trial of BAY 1905254, a first-in-class immuno-oncology therapeutic antibody targeting the ILDR2 protein, in patients with advanced solid tumors. Under the terms of the collaboration and license agreement, Compugen is entitled to a milestone payment of $7.8 million at first patient dosing. ILDR2 is a new immune checkpoint protein identified by Compugen using its predictive target discovery platform.
"ILDR2 was one of the first immune checkpoint targets discovered through our discovery platforms and the first to enter into a R&D collaboration and license agreement with a pharma partner," stated Anat Cohen-Dayag, PhD, President and CEO of Compugen. "Bayer has been an outstanding partner and we greatly appreciate their excellent R&D team and commitment to advancing this program to the clinic."
"BAY 1905254 and our internally-developed COM701 are the first drug candidates to enter Phase 1 trials addressing new drug targets discovered computationally by Compugen. This represents a breakthrough achievement for Compugen and proof-of-concept of the power of our computational discovery capabilities. We hope that each of these drug candidates will become a life changing treatment option for patients unresponsive to existing cancer immunotherapies," Dr. Cohen-Dayag added.
About ILDR2 and BAY 1905254
ILDR2 is a novel B7/CD28-like immune checkpoint target discovered computationally by Compugen. Preclinical studies demonstrated inhibitory effects of ILDR2 on T cells, consistent with it being an immune checkpoint ligand. Additional expression and functional studies suggest that ILDR2 acts as an inhibitor of the priming step of T cell activation, thereby muting T cell response to cancer.
BAY 1905254 is a fully human antibody that blocks the immunosuppressive activity of ILDR2. BAY 1905254 exhibits anti-tumor activity as a monotherapy in various mouse models, and also demonstrates additive anti-tumor effects in combination with other cancer therapy approaches in those models, indicating the possibility for multiple combination uses in cancer immunotherapy.
Compugen is a clinical-stage, therapeutic discovery and development company utilizing its broadly applicable predictive discovery infrastructure to identify novel drug targets and develop first-in-class therapeutics in the field of cancer immunotherapy. The Company's therapeutic pipeline consists of immuno-oncology programs against novel drug targets it has discovered, including T cell immune checkpoints and myeloid target programs. Compugen's business model is to selectively enter into collaborations for its novel targets and related drug product candidates at various stages of research and development. The Company is headquartered in Israel with R&D facilities in both Israel and South San Francisco, CA. Compugen's ordinary shares are listed on Nasdaq and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CGEN. For additional information, please visit Compugen's corporate website at www.cgen.com.
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