OX-40 receptor agonist currently exhibits a viable pipeline with nine drug candidates, P&S Intelligence
OX-40 receptor agonist therapeutics pipeline in 2017
The study analyzed that the OX-40 receptor agonist therapeutics pipeline comprises approximately nine drug candidates in different stages of development. OX-40 is a costimulatory receptor that binds to its only known ligand, OX-40L, initiating cellular signaling events required for full activation of T cells following their recognition of a foreign antigen. OX-40 agonists mimic the effect of OX-40L, and boost the OX-40 signaling, and thereby leads to the suppression of the anti-tumor immune response in cancer patients. OX-40 agonists in combination with checkpoint immunotherapies, surgical resection, and radiotherapy has demonstrated promising results for the treatment of cancer patients.
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Insights on pipeline segments
According to the research findings, most of the drug candidates of OX-40 receptor agonist therapeutics pipeline are being developed as a monoclonal antibody.
Maximum drugs being developed as monoclonal antibody
Most of the companies are focused on developing their drug candidates as monoclonal antibodies in the OX-40 receptor agonist therapeutics pipeline. Monoclonal antibodies are homogenous and consistent. Also, they can be renewably generated once a suitable hybridoma is developed and are highly sensitive to small changes in both salt concentration and ph.
Various collaborations for OX-40 receptor agonist drug development
In November 2015, GlaxoSmithKline plc and Merck & Co., Inc. entered into a collaboration to initiate the Phase I clinical trial designed to evaluate GSK3174998 as monotherapy in combination with Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, Keytruda (pembrolizumab). Some of the key players developing drugs as OX-40 receptor agonist for the treatment of various indications include MedImmune, LLC, Agenus Inc., Pfizer Inc., GlaxoSmithKline plc and others.
OX-40 Receptor Agonist Therapeutics Pipeline Analysis