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With the continued noise in cancer immunotherapies all too often focused on the now well established checkpoint blockade and CAR-T cell therapies, with bispecifics often seen as the next up and coming area, it is all too easy to forget or perhaps not be aware of plenty of other promising approaches in biotech pipelines.

Who would have guessed a decade ago that any of those three approaches would have ended up as becoming mainstream in the oncology space?

Time for a different perspective on the immunotherapy front?

At ASCO in 2010 I distinctly recall writing enthusiastically about early phase 1 data on ipilimumab, plus BMS–936558 (nivolumab), MK–3475 (pembrolizumab), and MPDL3208A (atezolizumab), while many others were more into eulogising vaccines such Dendreon’s sipuleucel-T (Provenge) and Celldex’s CDX–110, and mainstream outlets explored late stage clinical updates on BRAF inhibition (PLX4032, vemurafenib), targeting ALK (crizotinib), or even Sunesis’s voreloxin (remember that?) – fun times! Many people thought it was crazy to get excited about initial phase 1 data on the immunotherapy antibodies back then and few would have imagined them subsequently garnering a billion dollars a month in revenues back then either.

It’s now time for the horses to change as we continue our look at emerging biotechs with quite different scientific approaches to immunotherapy, which we think are well worth looking at. These are young companies going places with early clinical pipelines and a fresh approach to R&D.

After all, the checkpoint inhibitors mentioned earlier started at the beginning too – look how they turned out, not too shabbily either.

In this latest example, we take a look at a promising biotech’s immunotherapy pipeline through the lens of a CSO’s perspective and chat about the basic immunological underpinings that are driving their scientific innovation… it is well thought out, in my view.

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How Will Adoptive Cell Therapy Crack Solid Tumours? – This was the provocative question raised by the title of Dr Malcolm Brenner’s keynote lecture at the 2018 ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium held last week in San Francisco, ”Adoptive T cell Therapy: Target Solid Tumors by CARs or TCRs?”

Malcolm K Brenner, MD PhD is the Director of the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

ASCO have just named CAR-T cell immunotherapy as its “2018 Cancer Advance of the Year” so it’s timely to take a look at where we are in the adoptive cell therapy field and where it may be going?

We’ve been writing about adoptive cell therapies (ACT) such as CAR T cell therapy since 2011.  Indeed, I vividly recall one of my early interviews about it at ASH 2013 (See post: Juno Therapeutics takes on Novartis and seeks to revolutionize the treatment of blood cancers – an interview with Renier Brentjens)”.

In recent years, CAR T cell therapy has made tremendous progress in hematologic malignancies, gaining FDA approval last year in relapsed/refratory paediatric ALL and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). We have not seen the same efficacy in solid tumours as yet, and this remains one of the key challenges in the field today.

In this post, we take a look at the perspectives Dr Brenner offered in his keynote lecture at ASCO-SITC and the potential impact they may have on the landscape.

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