MB‐101 (IL13Rα2‐targeted CAR-T cell therapy) and MB-108 (HSV-1 oncolytic virus) are separately well tolerated in patients with recurrent GBM in ongoing Phase 1 clinical trials; preclinical data support potential of MB-109 to optimize clinical results
The Phase 1 study will assess the safety, tolerability and efficacy of MB-109 in patients with recurrent glioblastoma and high-grade astrocytoma and is expected to begin enrolling patients in 2024
Mustang Bio, Inc. (“Mustang” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: MBIO), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on translating today’s medical breakthroughs in cell and gene therapies into potential cures for difficult-to-treat cancers and rare genetic diseases, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has accepted the Company’s Investigational New Drug (“IND”) application of MB-109 for the treatment of recurrent glioblastoma (“GBM”) and high-grade astrocytoma. Mustang is planning to initiate a Phase 1 multicenter clinical trial at City of Hope (“COH”) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (“UAB”) to assess the safety, tolerability and efficacy of MB-109, a novel combination of MB-101 (COH-developed IL13Rα2‐targeted CAR-T cell therapy) and MB-108 [Nationwide Children’s Hospital- (“Nationwide”) developed HSV-1 oncolytic virus] in adult patients with recurrent GBM and high-grade astrocytomas that express IL13Rα2 on the surface of the tumor cells.
As previously reported, preclinical data presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (“AACR”) Annual Meeting in 2022 supported this combination therapy to potentially optimize results to treat recurrent GBM. The combination leverages MB-108 to reshape the tumor microenvironment (“TME”) and make cold tumors “hot,” thereby potentially improving the efficacy of MB-101 CAR-T cell therapy. Data presented separately on MB-101 and MB-108 showed that administration of these therapies was well tolerated in recurrent GBM patients. Two patients treated solely with MB-101 who had high levels of intratumoral CD3+ T cells pre-therapy (i.e., “hot” tumors) achieved complete responses lasting 7.5 and 31+ months, respectively. Importantly, of the 53 COH Phase 1 patients disclosed at AACR in 2022, these 2 complete responses were observed in the 2 patients with the “hottest” tumors prior to treatment with MB-101. Phase 1 clinical trials of MB-101 at COH and of MB-108 at UAB continue to enroll patients.
Manuel Litchman, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Mustang, said, “We are very pleased with the FDA’s acceptance of our IND application for MB-109, which allows Mustang to initiate a Phase 1 clinical trial to further evaluate combining MB-108 and MB-101, an attractive strategy for improving outcomes for patients with recurrent GBM and high-grade astrocytomas. Recurrent GBM remains a major challenge to treat, with a median overall survival rate of 6 months. We are committed to finding better treatment options for patients living with difficult-to-treat cancers and look forward to initiating our MB-109 Phase 1 clinical trial in 2024. The fact that this will be the first ever industry-sponsored trial to combine a CAR-T cell therapy with an oncolytic virus underscores Mustang’s commitment to innovation in the oncology and cell therapy space. Furthermore, FDA acceptance of our IND within 30 days of initial submission – despite the innovative aspect of the combination therapy and the complexity of the trial design – is testimony to the talent and resourcefulness of our team.”
About MB-109 (MB-101 (IL-13Rα2 targeted CAR-T cells) + MB-108 oncolytic virus)
MB-109 is Mustang’s designation for the treatment regimen combining MB-101 (COH-developed IL13Rα2‐targeted CAR-T cell therapy) with MB-108 (Nationwide-developed HSV-1 oncolytic virus). The combination is designed to leverage MB-108 to make cold tumors “hot” and potentially improve the efficacy of MB-101 CAR-T cell therapy. MB-108 oncolytic virus is first injected to infect tumor cells which, in turn, leads to reshaping of the TME through recruitment of endogenous CD8- and CD3-positive effector T-cells. This inflamed TME potentially permits MB-101 CAR-T cells injected into and around the tumor to better infiltrate into and throughout the tumor mass, undergo activation and, ideally, effect tumor cell killing.
About Mustang Bio
Mustang Bio, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on translating today’s medical breakthroughs in cell and gene therapies into potential cures for difficult-to-treat cancers and rare genetic diseases. Mustang aims to acquire rights to these technologies by licensing or otherwise acquiring an ownership interest, to fund research and development, and to outlicense or bring the technologies to market. Mustang has partnered with top medical institutions to advance the development of CAR-T therapies across multiple cancers, as well as lentiviral gene therapies for severe combined immunodeficiency. Mustang’s common stock is registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Mustang files periodic reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Mustang was founded by Fortress Biotech, Inc. (Nasdaq: FBIO).
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