TCR² Therapeutics Presents Preclinical Data on IL-15 Enhanced TRuCs at AACR Virtual Special Conference on Tumor Immunology & Immunotherapy

Cambridge, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES


CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TCR2 Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: TCRR), a clinical-stage cell therapy company with a pipeline of novel T cell therapies for patients suffering from cancer, today announced the e-poster presentation of new preclinical data at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Virtual Special Conference on Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy, taking place October 5-6, 2021. The e-poster titled “Expression of an IL-15 Receptor Fusion Protein Enhances the Persistence of TRuC-T Cells” highlights preclinical data on the Company’s proprietary mesothelin-directed T Cell Receptor Fusion Construct (TRuC®) T cells that express IL-15-based enhancements as a strategy for improving T cell persistence. The co-expression of these IL-15 enhancements enriched for naïve and central memory T cells, upregulated the stemness-associated transcription factor TCF-1 and increased TRuC-T cell proliferation upon repeated stimulation with mesothelin-expressing cancer cell lines. In addition, IL-15 promoted the survival of TRuC-T cells in the absence of T cell receptor (TCR) or exogenous cytokine stimulation. In a mesothelioma xenograft mouse model, IL-15 co-expression resulted in a higher number of TRuC-T cells in the tumor and significantly increased their persistence in peripheral blood. The administration of a single dose of IL-15 enhanced TRuC-T cells cleared tumors in all mice and fully protected them from tumor rechallenge.

“We are excited to announce preclinical data from our latest platform enhancement, TRuC-T cells expressing a membrane-bound IL-15. These preclinical in vitro and in vivo data support our belief that we can further design and optimize our TRuC-T cells to persist in the hostile tumor microenvironment and potentially increase persistence for improved efficacy against solid tumors where needed in certain cancer indications,” said Robert Hofmeister, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of TCR2 Therapeutics. “We continue to innovate for maximum patient benefit and look forward to discussing in-depth our overall enhancements strategy and broader pipeline, including allogeneic TRuCs, novel targets and TRuC Tregs, at our upcoming R&D Day on October 20.

The e-poster and poster video presented at AACR are available in the Presentations section of the Investors page of the Company’s website at investors.tcr2.com.

About TCR2 Therapeutics

TCR2 Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical-stage cell therapy company developing a pipeline of novel T cell therapies for patients suffering from cancer. TCR2’s proprietary T cell receptor (TCR) Fusion Construct T cells (TRuC®-T cells) specifically recognize and kill cancer cells by harnessing signaling from the entire TCR, independent of human leukocyte antigens (HLA). In preclinical studies, TRuC-T cells have demonstrated superior anti-tumor activity compared to chimeric antigen receptor T cells (CAR-T cells), while secreting lower levels of cytokine release. The Company’s lead TRuC-T cell product candidate targeting solid tumors, gavocabtagene autoleucel (“gavo-cel”), is currently being studied in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial to treat patients with mesothelin-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), ovarian cancer, malignant pleural/peritoneal mesothelioma, and cholangiocarcinoma. The Company’s lead TRuC-T cell product candidate targeting hematological malignancies, TC-110, is currently being studied in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial to treat patients with CD19-positive adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia (aALL) and with aggressive or indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). For more information about TCR2, please visit www.tcr2.com.

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Investor and Media Contact:

Carl Mauch
Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
TCR2 Therapeutics Inc.
(617) 949-5667
carl.mauch@tcr2.com