Trillium Therapeutics Provides Update on its TTI-621 Program at the American Society of Hematology 59th Annual Meeting
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Dec. 11, 2017) - Trillium Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIL)(TSX:TRIL), a clinical stage immuno-oncology company developing innovative therapies for the treatment of cancer, announced today that new clinical data from ongoing Phase 1 a/b trials for its CD47-blocking agent, TTI-621 (SIRPa-IgG1 Fc), were presented at the American Society of Hematology 59th Annual Meeting, December 9-12, in Atlanta.
Poster Presentation 4076: A Single Direct Intratumoral Injection of TTI-621 (SIRPaFc) Induces Antitumor Activity in Patients with Relapsed/Refractory Mycosis Fungoides and Sézary Syndrome: Preliminary Findings Employing an Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Blocking the CD47 “Do Not Eat” Signal. Presenter: Christiane Querfeld, MD, PhD, City of Hope National Medical Center.
This poster presentation highlighted preliminary safety and anti-tumor activity of intratumoral TTI-621 administration in highly pretreated patients with relapsed or refractory mycosis fungoides or Sézary syndrome. Intratumoral injection was well tolerated, with no dose-limiting toxicity observed. A rapid reduction in CAILS scores, which measures local lesion responses, was observed in 9 out of 10 mycosis fungoides patients and a reduction in circulating leukemic Sézary cells was observed in 3 out of 3 patients. Several patient profiles were presented which demonstrate clinical responses in disfiguring lesions, in some cases after a single dose of TTI-621. Collectively, the data demonstrate that cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) appears biologically responsive to intratumoral injections of TTI-621, and enrollment in this trial (NCT02890368) is continuing.
Poster Presentation 4116: TTI-621 (SIRPaFc), an Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Blocking the CD47 “Do Not Eat” Signal, Induces Objective Responses in Patients with Advanced, Relapsed/Refractory Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma (DLBCL). Presenter: Stephen Ansell, MD, PhD, Division of Hematology, Mayo Clinic.
This poster presentation summarized the overall safety profile of intravenous TTI-621 in patients with relapsed/refractory hematologic malignancies and preliminary anti-tumor activity in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Weekly infusions of TTI-621 were shown to be well tolerated, and notably, transient thrombocytopenia was attenuated after the first dose. These data, combined with the previously reported results from the dose escalation phase, demonstrate a favorable safety profile of intravenous TTI-621 in over 100 patients. Intravenous administration of TTI-621, particularly in combination with rituximab, resulted in objective responses in 5 out of 18 evaluable patients with heavily pre-treated, relapsed/refractory DLBCL, and several others experienced prolonged progression-free intervals.
“The regression of local tumor lesions observed in most CTCL patients treated with intratumoral TTI-621 monotherapy provides us with a rationale to initiate a sharply focussed effort to characterize efficacy in this largely incurable disease, as well as other forms of T-cell lymphoma. Having completed the dose-escalation phase, we are now pursuing weekly dosing in the intratumoral trial with the goal of inducing systemic responses. In parallel, we continue to enroll a wide variety of T-cell lymphoma patients, including CTCL, into an expanded cohort in the intravenous TTI-621 trial,” said Trillium CEO Dr. Niclas Stiernholm. “Notwithstanding the added level of complexity associated with developing combination therapies, the emerging signal in the DLBCL cohort is intriguing, especially since these patients have previously progressed after rituximab therapy.” Dr. Stiernholm added, “With growing evidence supporting the tolerability of dose intensification we are now able to assess whether increasing systemic exposure of TTI-621 leads to greater anti-tumor activity in patients, including those with T-cell malignancies.”
Copies of both posters will be available on Trillium’s website at the time of the presentations www.trilliumtherapeutics.com
About Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL)
CTCL is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma which is characterized by localization of malignant T lymphocytes to the skin. The two most common types of CTCL are mycosis fungoides and Sézary syndrome. The disease most often involves the skin, may progress to involve lymph nodes, blood, viscera and other organs, and in select cases may become leukemic.
About Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL)
DLBCL is the most common form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of white blood cells responsible for producing antibodies. While effective therapies exist for newly diagnosed DLBCL, cancer that has relapsed after treatment, or whose cancer is treatment resistant, represent an area of high unmet medical need.
About Trillium Therapeutics
Trillium Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical stage immuno-oncology company developing innovative therapies for the treatment of cancer. The company’s lead program, TTI-621, is a SIRPaFc fusion protein that consists of the CD47-binding domain of human SIRPa linked to the Fc region of a human immunoglobulin (IgG1). It is designed to act as a soluble decoy receptor, preventing CD47 from delivering its inhibitory (“do not eat”) signal. Neutralization of the inhibitory CD47 signal enables the activation of macrophage anti-tumor effects by pro-phagocytic (“eat”) signals. A Phase 1 clinical trial (NCT02663518) evaluating intravenous dosing of SIRPaFc in patients with advanced cancer is ongoing, and a second Phase 1 trial evaluating direct intratumoral injections is underway in solid tumors and mycosis fungoides (NCT02890368). TTI-622 is an IgG4 SIRPaFc protein, which is primarily being developed for combination therapy. An IND filing is targeted for 2H/17. Trillium also has a proprietary medicinal chemistry platform, using unique fluorine chemistry, which permits the creation of new chemical entities from validated drugs and drug candidates with improved pharmacological properties. Stemming from this platform, the company’s most advanced preclinical program is an orally-available epidermal growth factor receptor antagonist with increased uptake and retention in the brain. In addition, a number of compounds directed at undisclosed immuno-oncology targets are currently in the discovery phase.
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