CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Werewolf Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company” or “Werewolf”) (Nasdaq: HOWL), an innovative biopharmaceutical company pioneering the development of conditionally activated therapeutics, announced the publication in Cancer Immunology Research of preclinical data for its lead molecule WTX-124, a systemically delivered Interleukin-2 (IL-2) INDUKINE™ molecule. The article, entitled “Discovery of a Conditionally Activated Interleukin-2 that Promotes Anti-tumor Immunity and Induces Tumor Regression,” includes preclinical data that demonstrate the efficacy of the design of WTX-124 in delivering IL-2 selectively to the tumor microenvironment where it stimulates a potent anti-tumor immune response.
“IL-2 is a cytokine that has delivered lasting therapeutic benefit through activation of anti-tumor immunity. To date, the clinical utility of systemically delivered recombinant human IL-2 has been hindered by serious side effects in normal tissues and poor pharmaceutical properties, including a short circulating half-life, which limits the ability to reach efficacious exposures in tumors,” said Cynthia Seidel-Dugan, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Werewolf and one of the article’s authors. “Our published preclinical data show that WTX-124 has an improved therapeutic window compared to recombinant human IL-2 in mouse models and the potential to minimize the toxicity associated with systemic IL-2 administration.”
Other key findings and data outlined in the article include:
- WTX-124 treatment triggers the infiltration and activation of T cells and natural killer cells in tumors and markedly shifts the immune activation profile of the tumor microenvironment.
- WTX-124 treatment of tumor-bearing mice results in immunological memory.
- WTX-124 has an improved therapeutic window compared to recombinant human IL-2 in the mouse.
- WTX-124 is stable in human serum and is processed by the majority of primary human tumor specimens tested.
Werewolf is developing WTX-124 as a potential monotherapy or in combination with checkpoint inhibitors in multiple tumor types. The Company has entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement with Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, to evaluate WTX-124 as a monotherapy and in combination with KEYTRUDA (pembrolizumab), Merck’s anti-PD-1 (programmed death receptor-1) therapy, in patients with solid tumors.
The Company expects to file an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) for WTX-124 in the first half of 2022.
About Werewolf Therapeutics
Werewolf Therapeutics, Inc. is an innovative biopharmaceutical company pioneering the development of therapeutics engineered to stimulate the body’s immune system for the treatment of cancer. We are leveraging our proprietary PREDATOR™ platform to design conditionally activated molecules that stimulate both adaptive and innate immunity with the goal of addressing the limitations of conventional proinflammatory immune therapies. Our INDUKINE™ molecules are intended to remain inactive in peripheral tissue yet activate selectively in the tumor microenvironment. Our most advanced product candidates, WTX-124 and WTX-330, are systemically delivered, conditionally activated Interleukin-2 (IL-2), and Interleukin-12 (IL-12) INDUKINE molecules, respectively, for the treatment of solid tumors. We are continuing preclinical studies for both WTX-124 and WTX-330 and expect to advance each candidate in multiple tumor types as a single agent and in combination with an immune checkpoint inhibitor.
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