BiCKI®, a novel bispecific checkpoint inhibitor platform, targeting PD-1 and innovative targets being developed by the Company to fight primary and secondary resistance mechanisms developed by cancers to evade checkpoint inhibitor therapies. BiCKI® antibodies are based on anti-PD-1 backbone (OSE-279) selected on optimized bioproduction capacity.
The first cytokine selected to be paired with the anti-PD-1 in the bispecific antibody is Interleukin-7 (IL-7), which has been shown to improve immune functions and cancer immunotherapy efficacy.
OSE’s bifunctional anti-PD1/IL-7 favors the T cell effector over regulatory immune balance by stimulating effector T cell functions while disarming regulatory T cells.
Immune checkpoint inhibitors are now considered a new standard of care against a wide range of cancers. However, these therapies are ineffective in a significant percentage of patients, and some initial responders eventually develop resistance to these therapies with relapsed disease*. Sustained tumor antigen stimulation may result in a state of functional impairment referred to as exhaustion of tumor T lymphocytes. Disarming T regulatory cells (Tregs) is also important as Tregs contribute to dampening anti-tumor response.