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Adaptimmune and Noile-Immune Announce Agreement to Develop SPEAR T-Cell Products expressing IL-7 and CCL19 as a next-generation treatment

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc, a leader in T-cell therapy to treat cancer, and Noile-Immune Biotech, Inc., Tokyo, Japan, a biotechnology company focusing on the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies, today announced that they will co-develop next-generation SPEAR T-cell products, incorporating Noile-Immune’s PRIME (proliferation inducing and migration enhancing) technology, based upon co-expression of IL-7 and CCL19. The PRIME technology, which is already being investigated for augmentation of CAR-T cell activity, will be investigated with Adaptimmune’s SPEAR T-cells, as part of Adaptimmune’s next-generation programs.

“We recently started our Phase 2 trial in sarcoma called SPEARHEAD-1 as well as the SURPASS trial, our first next-generation product clinical trial. We will continue to develop enhanced products with the aim of increasing the efficacy and durability of anti-tumor responses,” said Karen Miller, Adaptimmune’s Senior Vice President of Pipeline Research. “This agreement with Noile-Immune will enable us to generate next‑generation SPEAR T-cells secreting both IL-7 and CCL19, which may improve proliferation and trafficking of not only our engineered SPEAR T-cells, but also the patient’s own T-cells into solid tumors. This increased T-cell proliferation and trafficking may enhance anti-tumor activity for cancer patients.”

“We are very pleased to step into co-development of next-generation T-cell products with Adaptimmune,” said Hidenobu Ishizaki, M.D., Ph.D., President & CEO of Noile-Immune. “This agreement is another example of our collaborations to apply PRIME technology, which was invented by Dr. Koji Tamada, our scientific founder, to highly innovative cell therapies, and to work with top external scientific and clinical teams. This technology may establish more effective cancer treatments that address the needs of patients.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Noile-Immune and Adaptimmune will collaborate on preclinical development of next-generation SPEAR T-cells directed to a limited number of T-cell targets incorporating Noile-Immune’s PRIME technology. Adaptimmune will have exclusive rights to develop and commercialize resulting products on a worldwide basis. Adaptimmune will make an upfront cash payment and milestone payments to Noile‑Immune of up to $312M across all programs. Noile-Immune is also entitled to receive mid-single digit royalties on net sales of resulting products. The companies plan to gain regulatory approval for human testing of the first target program by 2021.

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