Rubius Therapeutics Announces 2020 Objectives and Provides Operational Update at the 38th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference
RTX-240 Investigational New Drug Application for Cancer on File with
Rubius Manufacturing Facility Operational Nine Months Ahead of Schedule and
Ready to Supply Future Clinical Trials
Focus on Clinical Development to Advance Three Distinct Therapeutic Approaches Across
Rare Enzyme Deficiencies and Cancer
“Rubius Therapeutics made significant strides in 2019 to strengthen the organization and advance our pipeline of Red Cell Therapeutics™. We filed our first-ever Investigational New Drug (IND) applications for RTX-134 for the treatment of phenylketonuria and RTX-240 for the treatment of solid tumors, operationalized our fully-owned manufacturing facility nine months ahead of schedule and strengthened our leadership team,” said
2020 Objectives and Operational Updates
RTX-134 for the Treatment of Phenylketonuria (PKU)
RTX-134 is an allogeneic cellular therapy product candidate that is genetically engineered to express the enzyme phenylalanine ammonia-lyase (PAL) inside RTX-134 to degrade toxic levels of phenylalanine that accumulate due to a deficiency in the phenylalanine hydroxylase enzyme.
- Rubius plans to announce when the first patient has been dosed in the Phase 1b clinical trial evaluating RTX-134 in adults with PKU and expects to provide an update on timing for reporting of initial clinical results at that time.
- The initial clinical results expected are preliminary safety, longevity of RTX-134 in circulation and proof-of-mechanism as measured by the production of trans-cinnamic acid, a metabolite of phenylalanine when degraded by PAL.
RTX-240 for the Treatment of Solid Tumors
RTX-240 is an allogeneic cellular therapy product candidate engineered to replicate the human immune system by broadly stimulating the adaptive and innate immune systems to generate an immune response. RTX-240 expresses 4-1BBL and IL-15TP, a fusion of IL-15 and IL-15 receptor alpha, on the cell surface with the goal of improving anti-tumor activity and overcoming resistance to immunotherapy in patients with solid tumors.
- Rubius has filed an IND with U.S.
FDAfor RTX-240 for the treatment of cancer and plans to announce when the first patient has been dosed.
- GMP grade RTX-240 is expected to be manufactured at Rubius’ fully-owned manufacturing facility.
RTX-321 for the Treatment of HPV-Positive Tumors
RTX-321 is an allogeneic artificial antigen-presenting cellular therapy product candidate that is engineered to induce a tumor-specific immune response by expanding antigen-specific T cells. RTX-321 expresses an HPV peptide antigen bound to MHC I, 4-1BBL and IL-12 on the cell surface to mimic human T cell-APC interactions.
- Rubius plans to file an IND for RTX-321 by year-end.
- GMP grade RTX-321 is expected to be manufactured at Rubius’ fully-owned manufacturing facility.
Additional Manufacturing Update
- Rubius has the potential to significantly expand its manufacturing capabilities at its
Smithfield, RIsite and plans to stage additional investments based on future supply needs.
- Filed and received clearance of IND for first-ever Red Cell Therapeutic – RTX-134 for the treatment of PKU
- Accelerated Rubius manufacturing facility buildout and GMP operations by nine months to supply future clinical trials
- Filed the first oncology IND for RTX-240 for the treatment of solid tumors and completed engineering runs at Rubius manufacturing facility
- Manufactured clinical-grade RTX-134 at its contract manufacturing organization to support RTX-134 Phase 1b clinical trial
- Presented preclinical oncology data at the 2019 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting,
AACR-NCI-EORTC International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancerand the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer( SITC) 34th Annual Meeting
- Strengthened the leadership team with key strategic hires: chief scientific officer, chief medical officer, chief legal officer, head of business development and strategy and chief quality officer.
- Grew the patent estate to 10 issued U.S. patents, 32 patent families and more than 165 patent applications worldwide.
- All product candidates (RTX-134, RTX-240, RTX-224 and RTX-321) are covered by three varieties of issued U.S. patents: composition of matter, method of treatment and method of making.
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About Rubius Therapeutics
Rubius Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a new class of medicines called Red Cell Therapeutics™. The Company’s proprietary RED PLATFORM® was designed to genetically engineer and culture Red Cell Therapeutics™ that are selective, potent and off-the-shelf allogeneic cellular therapies for the potential treatment of several diseases across multiple therapeutic areas. Rubius’ initial focus is to advance RCT™ product candidates for the treatment of rare diseases, cancer and autoimmune diseases by leveraging three distinct therapeutic modalities — cellular shielding, potent cell-cell interaction and tolerance induction. For more information, visit www.rubiustx.com, follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn or like us on
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