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Cullinan Oncology to Present First Clinical Data Evaluating Novel Anti-MICA/B Antibody, CLN-619, in Patients with Advanced Solid Tumors at ASCO 2023

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 26, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cullinan Oncology, Inc. (Nasdaq: CGEM), a biopharmaceutical company focused on modality-agnostic targeted oncology therapies, today announced that the first clinical data from its Phase 1 clinical study of CLN-619 in patients with advanced solid tumors will be presented at the 2023 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting taking place in Chicago from June 2-6.

“We are pleased to present our initial clinical findings for CLN-619 at ASCO 2023. CLN-619 is a novel, potential first-in-class antibody that binds to MICA and MICB, stress-induced ligands that engage the activating receptor NKG2D present on both innate and adaptive immune cells. MICA and MICB are expressed on a wide variety of solid tumors and hematological malignancies, and we believe CLN-619 has potential to treat a range of tumors,” said Jeffrey Jones, MD, MPH, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Cullinan Oncology.

The details of the presentation include:

Poster Title: A phase 1 dose-escalation study to investigate the safety, efficacy, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamic activity of CLN-619 (Anti-MICA/B antibody) alone and in combination with pembrolizumab in patients with advanced solid tumors.

Author: Dr. Judy Wang, et al.

Poster Number: 2532

Session: Developmental Therapeutics—Immunotherapy

Session Date and Time: June 3, 2023, 8:00 AM-11:00 AM Central Time

About CLN-619

CLN-619 is a potential first-in-class humanized IgG1 monoclonal antibody that binds to the stress induced ligands, MICA and MICB, which are expressed on a wide variety of solid tumors and hematological malignancies. Engagement of MICA/B by the activating receptor NKG2D, present on both cytotoxic innate and adaptive immune cells, results in target cell lysis. However, tumor cells can shed MICA/B via proteases they release into the tumor microenvironment, resulting in evasion of immune-mediated destruction. CLN-619 functions by restoring MICA/B expression on the surface of tumor cells, enhancing the interaction between MICA and NKG2D, and inducing antibody-dependent cellular toxicity (ADCC), together promoting anti-tumor activity via multiple immune-mediated mechanisms. CLN-619 is being studied in an ongoing Phase 1 clinical trial both as a monotherapy and in combination with pembrolizumab. The study design allows dose level extensions as well as expansion in tumor-specific cohorts.

About Cullinan Oncology

Cullinan Oncology, Inc.(NASDAQ: CGEM) is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to creating new standards of care for patients with cancer. We innovate without borders to find the most promising clinic-ready cancer therapies, whether from our own discovery efforts or through exceptional engagement with our academic and industry partners. Anchored in a deep understanding of immuno-oncology and translational cancer medicine, we leverage our scientific excellence in small molecules and biologics to create differentiated ideas, identify unique targets, and select the optimal modality to develop transformative therapeutics across cancer indications. Powered by our novel research model, we push conventional boundaries from candidate selection to cancer therapeutic, applying rigorous early experimentation to fast-track only the most promising assets to the clinic and ultimately commercialization. As a result, our diversified pipeline is strategically built with assets that activate the immune system or inhibit key oncogenic drivers across a wide range of modalities, each with the potential to be the best or first in their class.

Our people possess deep scientific expertise, seek innovation openly, and exercise creativity and urgency to deliver on our promise to bring new therapeutic solutions to patients with cancer. Learn more about our Company at, and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Forward-Looking Statements

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