EMERYVILLE, Calif. – Eureka Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing novel T-cell therapies to treat cancer, today announced that the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) awarded the Company a $10.6 million grant to support its ongoing ARYA-2 Phase I study of ET140203 for the treatment of pediatric patients with refractory/relapsed liver cancer, including hepatoblastoma (HB), hepatocellular neoplasm not otherwise specified (HCN-NOS), and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).
“We look forward to collaborating with our clinical partners and the CIRM team to bring ET140203 to patients.”
“We are delighted to partner with CIRM and are honored by their recognition of the potential of our ET140203 ARTEMIS T-cell therapy program,” said Dr. Cheng Liu, President and CEO of Eureka Therapeutics. “Pediatric liver malignancies are rare, have no FDA-approved treatment options, and remain difficult to treat. This partnership will allow us to accelerate the development and clinical translation of a promising new treatment and potentially improve the prognosis and survival outcome of pediatric patients with liver cancer.”
ET140203 ARTEMIS T cells are produced by extracting T cells from a patient’s blood and genetically modifying them to specifically target an alpha fetoprotein (AFP)-peptide/HLA-A2 complex found on liver cancer cells. These engineered T cells are then expanded in the laboratory and reinfused into the patient’s body to selectively seek out and kill AFP expressing liver cancer cells.
“We are deeply appreciative of the CIRM Application Review Subcommittee members’ unanimous vote to support our effort to make novel cellular therapies available to the medically underserved pediatric liver cancer population,” said Dr. Pei Wang, Vice President of Clinical Development and Principal Investigator under the CIRM grant. “We look forward to collaborating with our clinical partners and the CIRM team to bring ET140203 to patients.”
The ARYA-2 study of ET140203 is part of Eureka’s liver cancer portfolio, and is being run in parallel with Eureka’s ongoing ARYA-1 and ARYA-3 studies of adult patients with HCC. The ARYA-1 and ARYA-2 studies use ET140203 ARTEMIS T cells to target AFP-positive liver cancer cells. The ARYA-3 study uses ECT204 ARTEMIS T cells to target the Glypican 3 (GPC3) protein expressed on the surface of liver cancer cells.
Patients, caregivers and health care professionals interested in Eureka’s clinical trials and technology can find more information by visiting eurekaconnectme.com.
ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE (CIRM)
At CIRM, we never forget that we were created by the people of California to accelerate stem cell treatments to patients with unmet medical needs, and act with a sense of urgency to succeed in that mission.
To meet this challenge, our team of highly trained and experienced professionals actively partners with both academia and industry in a hands-on, entrepreneurial environment to fast track the development of today’s most promising stem cell technologies.
With $5.5 billion in funding and more than 150 active stem cell programs in our portfolio, CIRM is one of the world’s largest institutions dedicated to helping people by bringing the future of cellular medicine closer to reality.
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ABOUT EUREKA THERAPEUTICS, INC.
Eureka Therapeutics, Inc. is a privately held clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing novel T-cell therapies to treat cancers. Its core technology centers around its proprietary ARTEMIS® cell receptor platform and E-ALPHA® antibody discovery platform for the discovery and development of potentially safer and more effective T-cell therapies for the treatment of solid tumors and hematologic malignancies. The company currently has two clinical programs, ET140203 (ARYA-1 for adults and ARYA-2 for pediatrics) and ECT204 (ARYA-3), in Phase I/II US trials in patients with advanced liver cancer.
Eureka Therapeutics, Inc. is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information on Eureka, please visit www.eurekatherapeutics.com. ARTEMIS and E-ALPHA are registered trademarks owned by Eureka.