AstraZeneca, Kyowa Hakko Kirin Partner in Immuno-oncologyBy
AstraZeneca has entered into a clinical study collaboration with Kyowa Hakko Kirin for a Phase I/Ib immuno-oncology study that will evaluate the safety and efficacy of two separate combinations of three investigational compounds in multiple solid tumors.
The study will evaluate AstraZeneca's anti-PD-L1 antibody, MEDI4736, in combination with Kyowa Hakko Kirin's anti-CCR4 antibody, mogamulizumab, and AstraZeneca's anti-CTLA-4 antibody tremelimumab, in combination with mogamulizumab.
MEDI4736, tremelimumab, and mogamulizumab are part of a new class of cancer treatments known as immunotherapies, which use the body’s own immune system to help fight cancer. MEDI4736 and tremelimumab block the signals that help tumors avoid detection by the immune system while mogamulizumab suppresses some of the immune cells that shield the tumor from the immune system.
Under the terms of the agreement, AstraZeneca and Kyowa Hakko Kirin will co-fund the study, which will be conducted by Kyowa Hakko Kirin. The Phase I part of the study is expected to establish a recommended dose regimen and Phase Ib will assess the safety and efficacy of the two combinations. Results from these studies will determine the future clinical development of the combinations.