April 17, 2023

Harpoon Therapeutics Presents Data for New ProTriTAC™ Development Candidates in TROP2- and ITGB6-expressing Solid Tumors at AACR 2023

Results support further investigation of two new ProTriTAC™ protease-activated T cell engager development candidates, with demonstrated therapeutic potential in a broad range of TROP2- and integrin-beta6 (ITGB6)-expressing solid tumors

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Harpoon Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: HARP), a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company developing novel T cell engagers, today presented preclinical data on two new development candidates from the proprietary ProTriTAC™ platform in TROP2- and ITGB6-expressing solid tumors in poster presentations at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting being held in Orlando, Fla., April 14-19, 2023. ProTriTAC is a T cell engager prodrug platform designed to remain inert systemically until its activation in the tumor by tumor-associated proteases and enable the safe targeting of broadly expressed solid tumor antigens. The first candidate, TROP2 ProTriTAC, is a protease-activated T cell engager prodrug targeting TROP2. The second candidate, ITGB6 ProTriTAC, is a protease-activated T cell engager prodrug targeting integrin-beta6.

“TROP2 and ITGB6 are tumor targets that are overexpressed in numerous solid tumor types and have demonstrated clinical utility when targeted as antibody drug conjugates,” said Luke Walker, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Harpoon Therapeutics. “However, significant unmet needs remain as both the depth and the durability of response with antibody drug conjugates are typically limited. The ability to safely target TROP2 and ITGB6 with T cell engagers, as the preclinical data with our ProTriTAC platform now demonstrate, warrants further study in the clinic.”

“Our ProTriTAC platform is designed to improve the therapeutic index of T cell engagers targeting solid tumor antigens,” said S. Jack Lin, Ph.D., Senior Director, Research and Preclinical Development, Harpoon Therapeutics. “The data presented at AACR further demonstrate that the ProTriTAC platform can be applied broadly to target different solid tumor antigens, which are often expressed elsewhere on normal tissues, and can achieve potent anti-tumor activities without incurring significant on-target off-tumor toxicities at the anticipated therapeutically relevant dose levels.”

Highlights from the posters include:

Abstract #2927: ITGB6 ProTriTAC™, a protease-activated T cell engager prodrug targeting Integrin-β6 for the treatment of solid tumors
ITGB6 protein is expressed in multiple tumor types, including cervical, lung, and head and neck, among others. In rodent established tumor models, ITGB6 ProTriTAC showed efficient prodrug activation and potent anti-tumor activity in vivo with complete tumor eradication at doses as low as 30 µg/kg. In cynomolgus monkeys, ITGB6 ProTriTAC showed favorable pharmacokinetic and safety profiles and was well-tolerated up to 540 µg/kg, the highest dose tested. Hematological changes consisted of minimally to moderately decreased neutrophils at all dose levels, as well as transient decreases in lymphocytes and basophils in week three of the study. There were no notable findings in plasma cytokines (IFNγ, IL-1β, IL-2, IL-6, IL-10, IL-8, TNF-α), coagulation, clinical chemistry, or urinalysis parameters. Additionally, there were no notable histopathological findings based on organ weight, gross and microscopic examination.

Abstract #2928: TROP2 ProTriTAC™, a protease-activated T cell engager prodrug targeting TROP2 for the treatment of solid tumors
TROP2 protein is expressed in multiple solid tumor types, including cervical, prostate and ovarian, among others. In rodent established tumor models, TROP2 ProTriTAC had highly potent anti-tumor activity in vivo with complete tumor eradication at doses as low as 30 µg/kg. In cynomolgus monkeys, TROP2 ProTriTAC showed favorable pharmacokinetics and was well-tolerated up to 180 µg/kg, whereas 540 µg/kg triggered on-target toxicity with mixed cell infiltrates in organs where normal tissue expression of TROP2 is expected. There were no notable findings in serum cytokines (IFNγ, IL-1β, IL-2, IL-6, IL-10, IL-8, TNF-α) throughout the study.

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The posters will be available on Harpoon’s website following today’s presentations.

Harpoon’s three distinct T cell engager platforms are designed to potentially allow more patients to get maximum clinical benefit while maintaining the best possible quality of life. Harpoon’s first platform, the constitutively active TriTAC® (Tri-specific T cell activating construct), is designed to minimize off-target toxicities, and is ideal for targets with limited on-target liabilities. The ProTriTAC platform offers similar advantages and adds an element of spatial control, with activation directed primarily to the tumor microenvironment. This spatial control of activation may address on-target tissue damage, hence enabling an expansion of the T cell engager target space. The TriTAC-XR™ platform (extended-release with slow activation in circulation) adds improved temporal control and is designed to be activated in the systemic circulation at a predefined rate to minimize on-target cytokine release syndrome (CRS).

About Harpoon Therapeutics 

Harpoon Therapeutics is a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company developing a novel class of T cell engagers that harness the power of the body’s immune system to treat patients suffering from cancer and other diseases. T cell engagers are engineered proteins that direct a patient’s own T cells to kill target cells that express specific proteins, or antigens, carried by the target cells. Using its proprietary Tri-specific T cell Activating Construct (TriTAC®) platform, Harpoon is developing a pipeline of novel TriTACs initially focused on the treatment of solid tumors and hematologic malignancies. Harpoon has also developed a proprietary ProTriTAC™ platform, which applies a prodrug concept to its TriTAC platform to create a therapeutic T cell engager that remains inactive until it reaches the tumor. Harpoon’s third proprietary technology platform, extended release TriTAC-XR, is designed to mitigate cytokine release syndrome. For additional information about Harpoon Therapeutics, please visit www.harpoontx.com.

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