Instil Bio Announces Poster Presentations of ITIL-306 Preclinical Data at SITC 2023 Annual Meeting

Grand News Network | November 6, 2023

DALLAS, Nov. 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Instil Bio, Inc. ("Instil") (NASDAQ:TIL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing tumor infiltrating lymphocyte, or TIL, therapies for the treatment of patients with cancer, today reported two poster presentations at the SITC 2023 Annual Meeting demonstrating that its proprietary CoStimulatory Antigen Receptor (CoStARâ„¢) platform enhances the activity of CD4+ T cells across multiple axes.

TIL therapy utilizes a mixed population of tumor-reactive CD4+ and CD8+ T cells, with both populations of T cells able to drive tumor regression. CoStAR has previously been demonstrated to improve proliferation, secretion of soluble factors, and in vivo tumor control in preclinical studies with mixed populations of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells. New single-cell RNA sequencing data presented at the SITC 2023 Annual Meeting revealed enhanced gene signatures of activation and cytotoxicity in CoStAR-transduced CD4+ T cells, with significant increases in cytotoxic function of these CD4+ T cells in an in vitro cytotoxicity assay. These data suggest that CoStAR is able to endow CD4+ T cells with novel cell-killing capacity, potentially broadening the repertoire of tumor-killing TIL to include CD4+ T cells in addition to naturally cytotoxic CD8+ T cells.

Additionally, CoStAR was demonstrated to enhance the secretion of soluble factors from CD4+ T cells to boost the proliferation and survival of companion CD8+ T cells. As CoStAR provides proliferative benefit to mixed populations of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells, these data demonstrate the importance of CD4+ CoStAR-T cells in supporting the proliferation of CD8+ CoStAR-T cells through the provision of soluble factors.

"The data presented at the SITC 2023 Annual Meeting reinforce the potential of CoStAR to broadly enhance the function of TIL therapies through multiple functional ...

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