Grant Award Details
- To conduct a well-prepared pre-IND meeting with FDA for a umbilical cord blood-derived NK cell engineered to express EGFR-CAR for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.
Grant Application Details
- Specific Targeting Hypoxia Metastatic Breast Tumor with Allogeneic Off-the-Shelf Anti-EGFR CAR NK Cells Expressing an ODD domain of HIF-1α
EGFR-CAR_sIL15 NK cells derived from CD34(+) umbilical cord blood hematopoietic stem cells
Area of Impact
patients with metastatic breast cancer, especially HER2-low breast cancer
Mechanism of Action
EGFR-CAR_sIL15 NK cells are umbilical cord blood-derived CD34+ HSCs that are engineered to target EGFR and express soluble IL-15, and then are differentiated into NK cells. To reduce potential off-target toxicity, our CAR is fused with the oxygen-dependent degradation domain (ODD) of HIF1a, leading to functionality in the tumor microenvironment with low oxygen levels, while CAR will not express or have a limited expression level in the normal tissues with relatively high levels of oxygen.
Unmet Medical Need
Breast cancer (BC) is the most common cancer and second leading cause of cancer death in women in North America. Successful translation of our safe, “off-the-shelf” cellular therapy of EGFR-CAR_sIL15 NK cells will diminish the life-threatening clinical manifestations of metastatic BC patients.
Complete Pre-IND submission and finalize IND plans
Major Proposed Activities
- Manufacture EGFR-CAR_sIL15 NK cells and PK/PD study
- Pharmacology toxicity and optimize treatment schedule of EGFR-CAR_sIL15 NK cells in efficacy testing
- Confirm efficacy of EGFR-CAR_sIL15 NK cells under optimized and safe conditions and Pre-IND submission
In the United States, currently, breast cancer (BC) is the most common cancer, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death, including in California. While there has been a decline in BC deaths over the last 30 years, there is a persistent mortality gap between Black women and white women. Our goal is to develop an “off-the-shelf,” ready-to-use cell therapy that is appropriate and easily accessible for any patient regardless of race, ethnicity, age, or socioeconomic status.