Kineta Announces New Research Agreement to Evaluate VISTA Biomarker Expression

SEATTLE, Sept. 18, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kineta, Inc. (Nasdaq: KA), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development of novel immunotherapies in oncology that address cancer immune resistance, announced today a research agreement with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center to evaluate VISTA expression as a potential biomarker in cancer patients from Kineta’s ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial evaluating KVA12123, the company’s VISTA blocking immunotherapy, alone and in combination with pembrolizumab.

The primary objective is to evaluate VISTA as a biomarker to guide patient selection and treatment optimization for VISTA-targeted therapies where no standardized scoring method currently exists. Similar to standards established for PD-L1 immune checkpoint, there is a need to quantify VISTA expression in the tumor microenvironment (TME) to properly guide patient selection.

“We are excited to work with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and tap into their cancer pathology expertise as we advance the clinical development of KVA12123,” said Thierry Guillaudeux, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Kineta. “VISTA expression has the potential to be a clinically relevant biomarker that we can use to inform our Phase 2 clinical study design with KVA12123 and ultimately predict positive anti-tumor responses to treatment.”

VISTA is a negative immune checkpoint that suppresses T cell function in a variety of solid tumors. High VISTA expression in tumor correlates with poor survival in cancer patients and has been associated with a lack of response to other immune checkpoint inhibitors. Blocking VISTA induces an efficient polyfunctional immune response to address immunosuppression and drives anti-tumor responses.

KVA12123 is a fully human engineered IgG1 monoclonal antibody that was designed to bind to VISTA through a unique epitope at both physiologic and acidic pH levels. KVA12123 may be an effective immunotherapy for many types of cancer including NSCLC (lung), colorectal, renal cell carcinoma, head and neck, and ovarian. Initial clinical data from Kineta’s ongoing Phase 1/2 study of KVA12123 in advanced solid tumors is anticipated by end of 2023.

About Kineta
Kineta (Nasdaq: KA) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company with a mission to develop next-generation immunotherapies that transform patients’ lives. Kineta has leveraged its expertise in innate immunity and is focused on discovering and developing potentially differentiated immunotherapies that address the major challenges with current cancer therapy. The company’s immuno-oncology pipeline includes KVA12123, a novel VISTA blocking immunotherapy currently in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial in patients with advanced solid tumors, and a preclinical monoclonal antibody targeting CD27. For more information on Kineta, please visit www.kinetabio.com, and follow Kineta on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Kineta, Inc. :
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Source: Kineta, Inc.

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