enGene Announces First-in-Human Dosing of EG-70 for the Treatment of Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer in Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial
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BOSTON and MONTRÉAL, May 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – enGene Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing non-viral gene therapies for local administration into mucosal tissues enabled by its proprietary DDX platform, today announced the dosing of the first patient in the LEGEND study, a first-in-human Phase 1/2 clinical trial of EG-70 in patients with BCG-unresponsive non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC).
Based on enGene’s DDX platform, EG-70 is a non-viral gene therapy encoding two RIG-I agonists to stimulate the innate immune system, and IL-12 to stimulate the adaptive immune system. By stimulating both arms of the immune system, intravesically administered EG-70 yields remarkable tumor regression in preclinical models of bladder cancer, with induction of effective immunological memory and minimal signs of toxicity.
“Initiating our first clinical study of EG-70 is an important milestone for enGene, validating the potential of our platform to develop novel therapeutics towards clinically meaningful outcomes,” said Jason Hanson, Chief Executive Officer at enGene. “This is the first time a non-viral gene therapy directly activating both innate and adaptive immunity is being evaluated as an anti-tumor agent in humans, and we are excited about the outcome of this trial towards positively impacting the lives of patients battling difficult-to-treat cancers.”
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