Prevention of Type 1 Diabetes in a Stringent Preclinical Model from Ongoing Experiment;
Two Antigens Prevent Disease Driven by Many Autoantigens Demonstrating Bystander Suppression
Findings Potentially Translatable to Multiple T Cell-Mediated Autoimmune Diseases
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Rubius Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: RUBY), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that is biologically engineering red blood cells to create an entirely new class of cellular medicines called Red Cell Therapeutics™ for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases, today announced updated preclinical data for its type 1 diabetes program at the FOCIS 2022 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, June 21-24, 2022.
“We believe these new preclinical data, part of an ongoing experiment, demonstrate prevention of diabetes and bystander suppression in the non-obese diabetes, or NOD, preclinical model, the primary model used for studying autoimmune diabetes that has striking similarities to the human disease,” said Larry Turka, M.D., chief scientific officer and head of research and translational medicine of Rubius Therapeutics. “We believe these findings extend to our other preclinical autoimmune disease programs in celiac disease and multiple sclerosis. We plan to select a clinical candidate for our type 1 diabetes program later this year.”
- Demonstrated tolerance induction and bystander suppression in stringent type 1 diabetes preclinical models
- From ongoing experiment, showed efficacy in the NOD preclinical model
- By increasing to 3 doses administered and optimizing the dosing schedule, results at 25 weeks exhibit bystander suppression by delivering only two antigens, indicating disease prevention caused by many autoantigens (0/5 mice)
- Previously reported data at 25 weeks with two doses prevented or delayed disease onset (7/15 mice)
- Established efficacy in the BDC2.5 adoptive transfer model with data supporting that repeated dosing extends duration of disease protection, reverses established inflammation, which is important for the treatment of existing autoimmunity, and induces two types of regulatory T cells, resulting in protection against re-challenge
- These findings are potentially translatable beyond type 1 diabetes to multiple autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis and celiac disease.
About Rubius Therapeutics
Rubius Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a new class of medicines called Red Cell Therapeutics™. The Company’s proprietary RED PLATFORM® was designed to biologically engineer and culture Red Cell Therapeutics™ that are selective, potent and off-the-shelf allogeneic cellular therapies for the potential treatment of several diseases across multiple therapeutic areas. Rubius’ initial focus is to advance RCT™ product candidates for the treatment of cancer and autoimmune diseases by leveraging two distinct therapeutic modalities — potent cell-cell interaction and tolerance induction. Rubius Therapeutics was recently named among the 2021 Top Places to Work in Massachusetts by the Boston Globe, and its manufacturing site was recently named 2022 Best Places to Work in Rhode Island by Providence Business News. For more information, visit www.rubiustx.com, follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn or like us on Facebook.
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