GUANGZHOU, China–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bio-Thera Solutions, Ltd. (SH: 688177), a commercial-stage pharmaceutical company, today announced that dosing has begun in a Phase 1 clinical study to evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and preliminary efficacy of BAT7104, a bispecific antibody that specifically blocks the interaction of human PD-L1 and CD47 with their corresponding receptors.
BAT7104 was designed to inhibit the PD-1/PD-L1 and CD47/SIRP-α pathways. By an “imbalanced” design with finely tuned binding affinity to CD47 and high affinity to PD-L1, BAT7104 is expected to avoid RBC depletion and block CD47 on CD47+/PD-L1+ tumors in a more selective and tumor-enriched manner. BAT7104 was shown to effectively inhibit both pathways in vitro and demonstrated synergistic activity in inducing complete tumor regression in vivo. In non-human primates (NHP) study, BAT7104 was well tolerated with no adverse effects, suggesting a favorable therapeutic index in future clinical development. “BAT7104 has demonstrated higher anti-tumor activity with better safety profile in preclinical studies”. Commented Dr. Shengfeng Li, CEO, Bio-Thera Solutions. “As the first bispecific antibody of Bio-Thera, we are pleased to see BAT7104 enter clinical development in Australia, and we will continue bringing more innovative anti-tumor drugs to cancer patients.” Dr. Shengfeng Li continued.
The Phase 1, multi-center, open-label, dose-escalation clinical trial of BAT7104 is designed to assess the safety and tolerability of BAT7104. Key objectives of the study are to determine the maximum tolerated dose and recommended Phase 2 dose (RP2D), and to evaluate pharmacokinetics and preliminary efficacy in patients with advanced solid tumor. Another early stage Phase 1 clinical study evaluating BAT7104 is being conducted in China in patients with solid tumors and lymphoma. In addition, Bio-Thera Solutions is developing several additional innovative oncology assets directed at important IO targets, including PD-1, OX40, CTLA-4, and TIGIT, all in early stage clinical studies.
About Bio-Thera Solutions
Bio-Thera Solutions, Ltd., a leading global biotechnology company in Guangzhou, China, is dedicated to researching and developing novel therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, autoimmune, cardiovascular diseases, and other serious unmet medical needs, as well as biosimilars for existing, branded biologics to treat a range of cancer and autoimmune diseases. A leader in next generation antibody discovery and engineering, the company has advanced six candidates into late-stage clinical trials and has two approved products, QLETLI® and POBEVCY® in China. In addition, the company has multiple promising candidates in early clinical trials and IND-enabling studies, focusing on immuno-oncology, ADC targeted therapies, autoimmune diseases, and other severe and emerging unmet medical needs. For more information, please visit www.bio-thera.com/en/ or follow us on Twitter (@bio_thera_sol) and WeChat (Bio-Thera).
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