- gavo-cel Phase 1 trial dataset anticipated in September 2022
- Initial TC-510 Phase 1 data anticipated in 2H 2022
- Expansion of manufacturing capacity and commencement of gavo-cel clinical trial material production at ElevateBio BaseCamp
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TCR2 Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: TCRR), a clinical-stage cell therapy company with a pipeline of novel T cell therapies for cancer patients suffering from solid tumors, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022 and provided a corporate update.
"TCR2 made significant strides this quarter in preparation for our upcoming gavo-cel Phase 1 and TC-510 data expected in the second half of 2022. As part of our commitment to deliver a meaningfully interpretable dataset, we plan to present our gavo-cel Phase 1 trial data on at least 30 patients in September in order to collect additional scans on patients evaluable for efficacy," said Garry Menzel, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of TCR2 Therapeutics. "We also continue to expect to present initial safety, efficacy and translational data from our TC-510 Phase 1 clinical trial before the end of 2022. In connection with progressing our two mesothelin-focused clinical trials, we have activated additional clinical sites and expanded our manufacturing capacity through ElevateBio BaseCamp. This will allow us to further accelerate the pace at which we can deliver our unique cell therapy to benefit patients suffering from solid tumors."
TCR2 initiated the Phase 1 dose escalation portion of the Phase 1/2 clinical trial of TC-510, its first enhanced mesothelin-targeted TRuC-T cell that co-expresses a PD-1:CD28 chimeric switch receptor. Enrollment is ongoing and the Company expects to report on initial safety, efficacy and translational data from at least one of the Phase 1 dose escalation cohorts of the Phase 1/2 clinical trial in the second half of 2022.
TCR2 announced the appointment of industry and finance veteran Eric Sullivan as Chief Financial Officer where he will be responsible for leading all aspects of financial management and capital market strategy as well as overseeing investor relations and select business operations.
TCR2 announced today the commencement of clinical trial material production at ElevateBio BaseCamp in anticipation of increased demand from the Phase 2 expansion trial of gavo-cel.
Present the expanded Phase 1 dataset for gavo-cel in September 2022.
Provide an update from the Phase 2 portion of the ongoing gavo-cel Phase 1/2 clinical trial in the second half of 2022.
Report initial safety, efficacy and translational data from at least one of the Phase 1 dose escalation cohorts of the TC-510 Phase 1/2 clinical trial in the second half of 2022.
Initiate IND-enabling studies for TC-520, an enhanced CD70 targeting TRuC-T cell program, in 2022.
Cash Position: TCR2 ended the second quarter of 2022 with $206.2 million in cash, cash equivalents, and investments compared to $265.6 million as of December 31, 2021. Net cash used in operations was $19.5 million for the second quarter of 2022 compared to $15.0 million for the second quarter of 2021. TCR2 projects net cash use of $115-125 million for 2022. We expect cash on hand to support operations into 2024.
R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $25.8 million for the second quarter of 2022 compared to $18.6 million for the second quarter of 2021. The increase in R&D expenses was primarily due to an increase in contract manufacturing costs and clinical trial expenses associated with patient treatment and headcount.
G&A Expenses: General and administrative expenses were $6.0 million for the second quarter of 2022 compared to $5.7 million for the second quarter of 2021. The increase in general and administrative expenses was due to an increase in personnel costs and other professional fees.
Net Loss: Net loss was $31.6 million for the second quarter of 2022 compared to $24.3 million for the second quarter of 2021.
TCR2 Therapeutics management is scheduled to participate at the following upcoming conferences.
Wedbush PacGrow Healthcare Conference: Management will participate in investor one-on-one meetings on August 10, 2022
About TCR2 Therapeutics
TCR2 Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical-stage cell therapy company developing a pipeline of novel T cell therapies for cancer patients suffering from solid tumors. The company is focused on the discovery and development of product candidates against novel and complex targets utilizing its proprietary T cell receptor (TCR) Fusion Construct T cells (TRuC®-T cells). The TRuC platform is designed to specifically recognize and kill cancer cells by harnessing signaling from the entire TCR, independent of human leukocyte antigens (HLA). For more information about TCR2, please visit www.tcr2.com.
Gavo-cel is a mesothelin-targeted TRuC-T cell. The ongoing gavo-cel Phase 1/2 clinical trial is evaluating the safety and efficacy of gavo-cel in patients with mesothelin-expressing malignant pleural/peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM), ovarian cancer, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and cholangiocarcinoma.
TC-510 is a mesothelin-targeted TRuC-T cell that co-expresses a PD-1:CD28 chimeric switch receptor to provide a local costimulatory signal by engaging with PD-L1 expressed in the hostile tumor microenvironment and converting the negative inhibitory signal into a positive costimulatory signal.
The TC-510 Phase 1/2 clinical trial is evaluating the safety and efficacy of TC-510 in patients with mesothelin-expressing MPM, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer and triple negative breast cancer.
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The expressed or implied forward-looking statements included in this press release are only predictions and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including, without limitation: uncertainties inherent in clinical studies and in the availability and timing of data from ongoing clinical studies; whether interim results from a clinical trial will be predictive of the final results of the trial; whether results from preclinical studies or earlier clinical studies will be predictive of the results of future trials; the expected timing of submissions for regulatory approval or review by governmental authorities, including review under accelerated approval processes; orphan drug designation eligibility; regulatory approvals to conduct trials or to market products; TCR2’s ability to maintain sufficient manufacturing capabilities to support its research, development and commercialization efforts, including TCR2’s ability to secure manufacturing capacity; whether TCR2's cash resources will be sufficient to fund TCR2's foreseeable and unforeseeable operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on TCR2’s ongoing operations; and other risks set forth under the caption "Risk Factors" in TCR2’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this press release may not occur and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although TCR2 believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee that the future results, levels of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur.
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