Immuno-oncology leader, Agenus Inc. (“Agenus”) (Nasdaq: AGEN), today announced a data update from the phase 1 expansion cohort of botensilimab (multifunctional CTLA-4 antibody) in combination with balstilimab (PD-1 antibody) for patients with advanced, refractory sarcomas has been selected for an oral presentation at the upcoming ESMO Congress, to be held October 20 – 24, 2023 in Madrid, Spain.
Abstract Title: Efficacy and safety of botensilimab (BOT) plus balstilimab (BAL) in patients (pts) with refractory metastatic sarcoma (NCT03860272)
Abstract Number: 1919MO
Presenting Author: Breelyn A. Wilky, MD, Director of Sarcoma Medical Oncology, Deputy Associate Director for Clinical Research, University of Colorado Cancer Center
Presentation Date and Time: 10/21/2023, 10:15pm – 11:45pm CEST
Data presented at the conference will be available to view in the publications section of the Agenus website (https://agenusbio.com/publications) following the ESMO Conference.
Botensilimab, an investigational multifunctional CTLA-4 antibody, is designed to extend immunotherapy benefits to "cold" tumors, which have not historically responded to standard of care or other investigational therapies. Besides binding to the CTLA-4 receptor, its Fc-enhanced structure induces a memory immune response, downregulates regulatory T cells, and activates T cells, thereby enhancing immune responses. Approximately 600 patients have been treated with botensilimab in phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials. Botensilimab alone, or in combination with Agenus’ PD-1 antibody, balstilimab, has shown clinical responses across nine metastatic, late-line cancers. For more information about botensilimab trials, visit www.clinicaltrials.gov with the identifiers NCT05608044, NCT05630183, and NCT05529316.
Agenus is a leading immuno-oncology company targeting cancer and infectious diseases with a comprehensive pipeline of immunological agents. The company’s mission is to expand patient populations benefiting from cancer immunotherapy through combination approaches, using a broad repertoire of antibody therapeutics, adoptive cell therapies (through MiNK Therapeutics) and adjuvants (through SaponiQx). Agenus is headquartered in Lexington, MA. For more information, visit www.agenusbio.com or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @agenus_bio.
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