CAMBRIDGE, England, & BOSTON – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Bicycle Therapeutics plc (NASDAQ: BCYC), a biotechnology company pioneering a new differentiated class of therapeutics based on its proprietary bicyclic peptide (BikeÂ®), today announced continued progress in its ongoing Phase I / II clinical trials for BT8009, BT5528 and BT7480.
“Last quarter, we published interim clinical results from ongoing trials of two of our Bike toxin conjugates, BT8009 and BT5528, demonstrating preliminary anti-tumor activity in two tumor types, and announced that the first patient received a dose in the phase I clinical trial of BT7480, our first immune cell agonist targeting tumors to enter the clinic. In our trial of BT8009, we are pleased to confirm preliminary activity and see that these patients remain on trial. We look forward to presenting the interim results of BT8009 Phase I at a medical meeting and launching the BT5528 expansion cohorts this year, âsaid Kevin Lee, Ph.D., CEO. “We are also pleased with our progress in advancing BT7480 into the ongoing Phase I clinical trial and look forward to sharing further details regarding the potential of Bicycles beyond our toxin conjugates as we strive to become a leader in the development of targeted therapies in oncology.
Bike Conjugates of toxinsÂ® (BTC) BT8009 and BT5528
In the ongoing Phase I portion of the Phase I / II clinical trial of BT8009, a second generation BTC â¢ targeting Nectin-4, four of 11 patients previously had a partial response according to the Response Assessment Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) version 1.1, of which one in four (25%) in the 2.5 mg strength / m2 dose and three in seven (43%) at 5.0 mg / m2 cohorts. The four patients previously reported as responders have since received at least one subsequent analysis, and all have been confirmed as ongoing RECIST 1.1 responses. One patient within 5.0 mg / m2 cohort, which previously exhibited a partial response with 89% tumor reduction, now received two subsequent analyzes, each of which showed that the total tumor volume had been reduced by 100%, constituting a confirmed complete response. The four patients previously reported as having a RECIST 1.1 clinical response remain on treatment. The tolerance profile of 2.5mg / m2 and 5.0 mg / m2 cohorts remains consistent with that reported previously.
Dose escalation in the phase I trial of BT8009 is still ongoing, with patients currently receiving a dose of 7.5 mg / m2 weekly or every two weeks. Bicycle intends to present the interim results of Phase I of the ongoing clinical trial at a medical meeting this year.
The Phase I / II trial of BT5528, Bicycle’s second-generation BTC targeting EphA2, is also underway, with plans remaining on track to launch expansion cohorts this year, with a recommended phase dose. II expected of 6.5 mg / m2 Every other week.
Bike tumor-targeting immune cell agonist â¢ (Bike TICA â¢) BT7480
Bicycle has also launched a Phase I clinical trial of BT7480, a new fully synthetic product. Bike TICA targeting Nectin-4 and agonizing CD137, in Q4 2021, and dose escalation in this trial remains ongoing. BT7480 and others Bike TICAs, including a new molecule that engages NK cells, were featured in four posters at SITC in November 2021.
Updates from the management team
Bicycle is also announcing the expansion and transition of its management team. Michael Skynner, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Company, has been appointed to the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer, effective January 3, 2022, to focus on leading and overseeing Bicycle’s proprietary phage display discovery growth. platform in oncology, as well as on creating innovative opportunities for the platform outside of oncology. Dr Skynner joined the company in January 2016 as Vice President, Operations and Discovery and had served as COO since March 2018. Alistair Milnes, who was Vice President, Human Resources and Communications at the company since January 2021, has assumed the role of COO. . Mr. Milnes previously headed human resources and communications at multinational energy and minerals companies. Dr Skynner and Mr Milnes are both based in the UK.
“We are delighted to announce our recent leadership appointments, with Mike Skynner becoming our new CTO and Alistair Milnes moving to the role of COO. Mike has been an invaluable contributor to Bicycle’s success to date and has led our platform discovery efforts since joining in early 2016. Following recent promising clinical advancements, we believe it is time to focus on accelerating the growth of our proprietary oncology pipeline; and identifying innovative ways to potentially capitalize on our unique technology beyond our current therapeutic goal. I have no doubts that Mike can help us achieve these goals. Dr Lee added: “I am equally excited about Alistair’s appointment as COO and believe his operational experience and track record of identifying, recruiting and retaining key talent within large multinational companies will be determinants to guide Bicycle in our next phase of growth.
About bicycle therapy
Bicycle Therapeutics (NASDAQ: BCYC) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a new class of drugs, called Bicycles, for diseases that are underserved by existing therapies. Bikes are short, fully synthetic peptides constrained by scaffolds of small molecules to form two loops that stabilize their structural geometry. This constraint facilitates target binding with high affinity and selectivity, making Bicycles attractive candidates for drug development. Bicycle reviews the BT5528, a second generation Bike Conjugate toxin (BTC â¢) targeting EphA2; BT8009, a second generation BTC targeting Nectin-4, a well validated tumor antigen; and BT7480, a Bike TICA â¢ targeting Nectin-4 and agonizing CD137, in company-sponsored Phase I / II trials. Additionally, BT1718, a BTC that targets MT1-MMP, is being investigated in an ongoing Phase I / IIa clinical trial sponsored by the Cancer Research UK Center for Drug Development. Bicycle is headquartered in Cambridge, UK with many key functions and members of its management team located in Lexington, MA. For more information visit biketherapeutics.com.
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