Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium – Celyad SA (EURONEXT Brussels and Paris: CYAD – NASDAQ Global Market: CYAD), a leader in the discovery and development of CAR-T cell therapies, today announces it has published a special report in the peer-reviewed journal “Future Oncology” summarizing pre-clinical work undertaken on NKR-2, the CAR-T cell therapy currently tested in the company’s THINK trial.

  • Review of NKR-2 preclinical work published in Future Oncology
  • In vitro efficacy on various cancer models
  • In vivo evidence of efficacy in a human pancreatic model

Celyad’s special report entitled Exploiting Natural Killer Group 2D Receptors for CAR-T cell therapy discloses new results confirming the potency of CAR-T NKR-2 cells against various human cancer cell lines in vitro including leukemia, colorectal and pancreatic cancer.  Furthermore, new data show the ability of CAR-T NKR-2 cells to effectively challenge established pancreatic cancer xenografts in humanized mouse models.

These pre-clinical studies were performed with Celyad’s long-term collaborator Professor Charles Sentman and further confirm the choice of indications being investigated in the ongoing THINK trial.

Dr. David Gilham, VP of Research & Development at Celyad:This publication provides important additional pre-clinical evidence supporting the range of cancer indications being explored in the THINK trial. This is an example of our on-going work to further define and understand the mechanisms of action of CAR-T NKR2 cells that will provide greater insight to support our developing clinical program.”

Dr. Christian Homsy, CEO of Celyad: “We are pleased to provide further pre-clinical evidence validating our approach in the THINK trial, in which we aim to demonstrate the potential of CAR-T NKR-2 cells as a disruptive technology in the treatment of cancer.”

Celyad’s special report is available on Future Oncology’s website: http://www.futuremedicine.com/doi/abs/10.2217/fon-2017-0102

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