iTeos Therapeutics, Inc. (ITOS)
First Day Turnover22.21%
We are a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company pioneering the discovery and development of a new generation of highly differentiated immuno-oncology therapeutics for patients. We leverage our deep understanding of the tumor microenvironment and immunosuppressive pathways to design novel product candidates with an aim to improve the clinical benefit of oncology therapies. Our innovative pipeline includes two clinical-stage programs targeting novel, validated immuno-oncology pathways designed to build on prior learnings in the field to have differentiated pharmacological and clinical profiles.
Our most advanced product candidate, EOS-850, is designed as a highly selective small molecule antagonist of the adenosine A2a receptor, or A2AR, in the adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, adenosine pathway, a key driver of immunosuppression in the tumor microenvironment across a broad range of tumors. We are investigating EOS-850 in an open-label Phase 1/2a clinical trial in adult patients with advanced solid tumors and we have observed encouraging preliminary single-agent activity in the dose escalation portion of the trial. We expect to report initial data from monotherapy and combination therapy expansion cohorts in the first half of 2021.
Our lead antibody product candidate, EOS-448, is an antagonist of TIGIT, or T-cell immunoreceptor with Ig and ITIM domains, a checkpoint that has a role in both inhibitory and stimulatory pathways in the immune system. EOS-448 was also designed to engage the Fc gamma receptor, or FcgR, to promote antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity, or ADCC, activity, including the elimination of tumor-infiltrating regulatory T cells, or Tregs. We have recently initiated an open-label Phase 1/2a clinical trial of EOS-448 in adult patients with advanced solid tumors and expect to report initial data in the first half of 2021. We are using our expertise in tumor immunology to select additional targets for other novel, differentiated programs. To date, we have initiated two preclinical programs that we believe have the potential to be complementary to both standard cancer treatments and our own product candidates. We retain worldwide rights to develop and commercialize all of our product candidates.
We are developing EOS-850 to inhibit the ATP-adenosine pathway by specifically targeting A2AR, which is the primary adenosine receptor on immune cells with high affinity for adenosine. A2AR is expressed across a number of solid tumors and hematological malignancies with high unmet medical need.
We chose to directly and selectively inhibit A2AR, a target with the potential to alleviate immunosuppression in multiple solid tumors and hematological malignancies and to minimize off-target effects. As elevated levels of adenosine in the tumor microenvironment are known to be immunosuppressive, we also designed EOS-850 to remain potent at high adenosine concentrations and maintain continuous target coverage. With this profile, we believe that EOS-850 has the potential for enhanced antitumor activity as compared to other A2AR antagonists currently in clinical development.
In our preclinical studies, we have shown that EOS-850 inhibited adenosine pathway-mediated immunosuppression and led to both T cell activation and antitumor activity, when dosed either as monotherapy or in combination with immune checkpoint inhibitors, or CPIs, or chemotherapy. We have also shown in preclinical studies that dosing of EOS-850 in combination with a CPI resulted in the rejection of tumors after reintroduction without further treatment, suggesting the potential for a durable immune memory response.
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