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TScan Therapeutics Announces Publication in Cell Highlighting the Discovery of Tumor Antigens and TCRs for the Treatment of Solid Tumors Using Foundational Screening Technology

July 11, 2022

TScan screening technology used to identify the targets of expanded T cell clones in the tumors of patients with head and neck cancer responding to neoadjuvant immunotherapy

TCR for C*07:02-restricted epitope on MAGE-A1 forms the basis of TScan’s TSC-204-C07 TCR-T therapeutic candidate for the treatment of solid tumors

Paper published in collaboration with lead authors Kai W. Wucherpfennig, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Center for Cancer Immunology Research, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Jonathan D. Schoenfeld, Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School

WALTHAM, Mass., July 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TScan Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: TCRX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of T cell receptor (TCR) engineered T cell therapies (TCR-T) for the treatment of patients with cancer, today announced the publication of a peer-reviewed article titled, “Tissue-resident Memory and Circulating T cells are Early Responders to Pre-surgical Cancer Immunotherapy” in the journal Cell. The data highlight the ability of TScan’s unbiased, genome-wide screening technology to identify novel target antigens and highly active TCRs for adoptive T cell cancer therapies, including the TCR that has now become the Company’s therapeutic candidate TSC-204-C07 for MAGE-A1.

This publication details the characterization of tumor-infiltrating and circulating T cells in oral cancer patients treated with neoadjuvant anti-PD-1 or anti-PD-1/CTLA-4 in a Phase 2 open-label randomized clinical trial conducted by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School1. Single cell analysis revealed that tumor-infiltrating CD8 T cells that expanded upon treatment with checkpoint blockade exhibited specific and identifiable gene expression signatures. Analysis of the TCRs of these expanded T cells using TScan’s screening technology revealed several novel targets. In one responding patient, two different T cell clones recognized the same novel C*07:02-restricted epitope on the cancer/testis antigen MAGE-A1, and both TCRs exhibited strong anti-cancer activity. One of these TCRs forms the basis of TScan’s therapeutic candidate TSC-204-C07 for MAGE-A1, with an IND filing planned for the second half of 2022.

“We are very pleased that our screening technology successfully identified the targets of expanded T cell clones in these responding patients,” said Gavin MacBeath, Ph.D., Chief Scientific and Operations Officer. “This validates the founding principle of TScan – that we can use our technology to understand how T cells recognize and eliminate cancer cells in patients responding to immunotherapy, and then apply these learnings to design and develop novel TCR-engineered T cell therapies.”

“This publication builds on our recent presentation at ASGCT, where we outlined our approach to treating solid tumors,” said David P. Southwell, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This specific TCR-T cell therapy candidate, TSC-204-C07, is highly active in preclinical models. We look forward to bringing it to patients in the first half of next year, along with TSC-200-A2, our first TCR candidate for HPV-16. This will enable us to begin in 2023 to execute on our strategy to develop multiplexed TCR-T cell therapy for a wide range of solid tumor malignancies.”

The Cell article was published in collaboration with lead authors Kai W. Wucherpfennig, M.D., Ph.D. Chair, Cancer Immunology and Virology and Director, Center for Cancer Immunology Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Professor of Neurology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and Associate Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, along with Jonathan D. Schoenfeld, Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School and Radiation Oncologist at both Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In total, 29 patients with untreated squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity were enrolled in this Phase 2 study between 2016 and 2019.

About TScan Therapeutics, Inc.

TScan is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of T cell receptor (TCR) engineered T cell therapies (TCR-T) for the treatment of patients with cancer. The Company’s lead leukemia TCR-T therapy candidates, TSC-100 and TSC-101, are in development for the treatment of patients with hematologic malignancies to eliminate residual leukemia and prevent relapse after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The Company is also developing multiplexed TCR-T therapy candidates for the treatment of various solid tumors. The Company has developed and continues to build its ImmunoBank, the Company’s repository of therapeutic TCRs that recognize diverse targets and are associated with multiple HLA types in order to provide customized multiplexed TCR-T therapies for patients with a variety of solid tumors.

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1Schoenfeld J et al (2020) JAMA Oncol, 6, 1563


Heather Savelle
TScan Therapeutics, Inc.
VP, Investor Relations

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LifeSci Advisors, LLC
Managing Director