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2775 Preclinical Evaluation of ISB 1442, a First-in-Class CD38 and CD47 Bispecific Antibody Innate Cell Modulator for the Treatment of AML and T-ALL

Program: Oral and Poster Abstracts
Session: 616. Acute Myeloid Leukemias: Investigational Therapies, Excluding Transplantation and Cellular Immunotherapies: Poster II
Hematology Disease Topics & Pathways:
Lymphoid Leukemias, Research, Biological therapies, ALL, MDS, Acute Myeloid Malignancies, AML, Bispecific Antibody Therapy, Translational Research, Chronic Myeloid Malignancies, drug development, Diseases, immunology, Therapies, Lymphoid Malignancies, Myeloid Malignancies, Biological Processes
Sunday, December 11, 2022, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Sammicheli Stefano, PhD1*, Camille Grandclement, PhD1*, Valentina Labanca1*, Stefania De Angelis1*, Carole Estoppey, PhD2*, Myriam Chimen, PhD1*, Blandine Pouleau2*, Perrine Suere2*, Emilie Nallet2*, Ankita Srivastava, PhD2*, Eric J. Feldman, MD3*, Igor Proscurshim, MD4*, Cyril Konto, MD4, Eugene Zhukovsky, PhD2 and Mario Perro, PhD2*

1Ichnos Sciences, Epalinges, Switzerland
2Ichnos Sciences Biotherapeutics SA, Lausanne, Switzerland
3Ichnos Sciences, New York
4Ichnos Sciences, New York, NY

ISB 1442 is a bispecific antibody (BsAb) using Ichnos' proprietary Bispecific Engagement by Antibodies based on the TCR (BEAT®) platform. A fully human BsAb with anti-CD38 and CD47 binding arms, ISB 1442 was developed for the treatment of hematologic malignancies. The CD38 binding arm consists of two bi-paratopic Fabs that strongly bind to CD38 through avidity-induced interactions. The anti-CD47 arm comprises a single Fab designed to block the interaction between CD47 and the signal-regulatory protein alpha (SIRPα) receptor present on phagocytes. With this design, the CD38 Fab arm preferentially drives binding to tumor cells and enables blocking of proximal CD47 receptors on the same cell via avidity-induced binding. Hence, ISB 1442 is anticipated to induce minimal effects on red blood cells (RBC) compared to benchmark anti-CD47 monoclonal antibodies (mAb), such as magrolimab. The Fc portion of ISB 1442 is engineered to enhance antibody dependent cell phagocytosis (ADCP), antibody dependent cell cytotoxicity (ADCC) and complement dependent cytotoxicity (CDC).

Preclinical activity of ISB 1442 for the treatment of relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (rrMM), including increased killing potency relative to daratumumab and magrolimab benchmarks as well as more favorable off tumor/on target specificity, was reported previously (Sammicheli et al. ASH 2021). ISB 1442 is currently in a Phase 1 clinical trial for rrMM. Beyond MM, CD38 and CD47 are expressed in other hematologic cancers, including acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). In AML, unleashing tumor cell phagocytosis using magrolimab shows clinical benefit in combination with demethylating agents and BCL-2 inhibitors. T-ALL is characterized with high CD38 expression, and daratumumab in combination with chemotherapy is under investigation (NCT03384654) for this indication. ISB 1442 has the potential to treat AML and T-ALL patients with its first-in-class molecular attributes of co-targeting CD38 and CD47 by a single antibody with enhanced Fc effector functions.

ISB 1442 induced potent phagocytosis of both AML and T-ALL cell lines in vitro. The induction of phagocytosis was more prominent in cell lines expressing high level of CD38. ISB 1442 also induced higher phagocytosis of both AML and T-ALL tumor cells as compared to daratumumab and anti-CD47 (5F9) in cell lines expressing low level of CD38 and CD47. In addition to phagocytosis, ISB 1442 induced potent ADCC of both AML and T-ALL cell lines. To characterize the complex mechanisms of action of ISB 1442 in a single assay, a multiple mode of action of killing (MMoAK) in vitro assay was established where macrophages and PBMCs are incubated with AML or T-ALL tumor cells and human serum. With this approach, tumor cells can be targeted simultaneously by NK cells from PBMCs (ADCC Mechanism of Action (MOA)), macrophages (ADCP MOA), and complement from human serum (CDC MOA). ISB 1442 induced higher killing of AML and T-ALL cell lines in MMoAK assays as compared to daratumumab or anti-CD47 (5F9). ISB 1442 induced potent killing of primary tumor samples from both AML and T-ALL patients in a heterologous assay using macrophages from healthy donors as effector cells, suggesting that target cancer cells do not have intrinsic mechanisms protecting them from the immune cell-mediated MOA of ISB 1442 killing . In patients’ samples having detectable levels of myeloid or NK cells in bone marrow aspirates, ISB 1442 induced killing of tumor cells in the autologous setting in a direct killing assay ex vivo.

In summary, these data support the clinical development of 1442 in AML and T-ALL. Based on its unique design and multiple mechanisms of action, ISB 1442 is anticipated to have antitumor activity in AML and T-ALL patients in a single antibody relative to anti-CD38 or anti-CD47 monoclonal antibodies as well as their combination.

Disclosures: Stefano: Ichnos Sciences: Current Employment. Grandclement: Ichnos Sciences: Current Employment. Labanca: Ichnos Sciences: Current Employment. De Angelis: Ichnos Sciences: Current Employment. Estoppey: Ichnos Sciences: Current Employment. Chimen: Ichnos Sciences: Current Employment. Pouleau: Ichnos Science: Current Employment. Suere: Ichnos Science: Current Employment. Nallet: Ichnos Science: Current Employment. Srivastava: Ichnos Science: Current Employment. Feldman: Ichnos Sciences: Current Employment, Current holder of stock options in a privately-held company. Proscurshim: Ichnos Sciences: Current Employment, Current holder of stock options in a privately-held company. Konto: Ichnos Science: Current Employment. Zhukovsky: Ichnos Science: Current Employment. Perro: Ichnos Science: Current Employment.

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