invoX Pharma Presents Positive Clinical Data from Phase 1 Study of FS222 in Patients with Advanced Solid Tumours at the 2024 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting

invoX Pharma Presents Positive Clinical Data from Phase 1 Study of FS222 in Patients with Advanced Solid Tumours at the 2024 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting

3 June, 2024

LONDON, United Kingdom – June 3, 2024 – Today, invoX Pharma Limited (“invoX”), a research-driven global biopharmaceutical company with an advancing pipeline of innovative products, has presented updated findings from its ongoing phase 1 study of FS222, an investigational CD137/PD-L1 bispecific antibody, in patients with advanced solid tumours. These data demonstrated encouraging anti-tumour activity in multiple tumour types with a manageable safety profile. These preliminary findings were presented today at the 2024 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago as an oral presentation during the Development Therapeutics – Immunology Session.

FS222 is a novel tetravalent bispecific antibody, using invoX’s proprietary Fcab® platform technology, that drives PD-L1 dependent CD137 agonism. The data presented today are from 100 subjects in the ongoing first-in-human (FIH) dose-escalation phase 1 clinical trial of FS222 (NCT04740424) in patients with advanced solid tumours. The study is designed to evaluate safety and identify the maximum tolerated dose, with secondary objectives related to anti-tumour activity, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics.

As a monotherapy dosed once every 4 weeks, FS222 increased T cell proliferation and intratumoural CD8+ T cell infiltration across a wide range of doses. The rate of treatment related adverse events (TRAEs) was generally dose dependent.  Overall, TRAEs were consistent with the intended dual mechanism of action of CD137 agonism and PD-L1-blockade and were generally manageable and reversible. Grade ≥ 3 TRAEs occurred in 36/100 subjects, with the most common including increases in aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase, thrombocytopenia, neutropenia, and febrile neutropenia.

In the study, FS222 demonstrated encouraging anti-tumour activity in multiple tumour types. Responses (as defined by RECIST1.1 criteria) were observed in cutaneous melanoma (n=9), ovarian cancer (n=2), non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) (n=2), and one each for mucosal melanoma, triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), mesothelioma and MSS colorectal cancer. The rate of disease control (defined as the rate of complete responses, partial responses and stable disease combined) was 45.0% for all patients in the study.

In 19 patients with metastatic/advanced cutaneous melanoma previously treated with a PD-1 antibody the overall response rate (defined as the rate of complete responses and partial responses combined) was 47.4% and the disease control rate was 68.4%.

Elena Garralda, MD, MSc, Director of Early Drug Development at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital explained, “While there have been great advances in immuno-oncology research, existing treatments continue to face challenges with response rates and duration of response, especially in treatment-resistant cancer. The opportunity to target multiple complementary immune mechanisms with a single agent is very exciting and has significant potential to address an unmet need for patients. These results for FS222 are really encouraging and should be studied further, as they show a promising anti-tumour effect with a manageable safety profile.”

“We are encouraged by these results and are impressed by the preliminary anti-tumour activity observed with FS222, especially in melanoma patients previously treated with a PD-1 antibody” said Ben Toogood, Chief Executive Officer at invoX. “There is an urgent need for innovative immuno-oncology treatments for patients with treatment-resistant cancers. We see significant potential for FS222 in this area and will continue to investigate FS222 further, with the aim of providing benefit to patients in the future.”

Ben added, “These data also provide important validation of our antibody platform. We are excited about the potential to utilise our proprietary CD137-agonist domain from our Fcab® platform in additional bispecific antibodies targeting multiple tumour types and patient populations.”

Enrollment in this phase 1 study of FS222 is ongoing and the study is exploring additional FS222 dose optimization.

About invoX Pharma

invoX Pharma is a research-driven global biopharmaceutical company using next-generation technology platforms to discover and develop innovative medicines that can change the lives of people around the world. The company aspires to improve people’s lives by creating access to innovative medicines that address their unmet healthcare needs. Incorporated in March 2021, invoX has a core focus on oncology and respiratory therapeutics, with Research, Clinical Development and Business Development activities in the UK, EU, and US. For further information about invoX Pharma, please visit:

About the mAb²® bispecific antibody technology platform

Our mAb²® bispecific antibody technology platform, which uses an FcabTM binding domain, enables rapid discovery and optimisation of differentiated drug product candidates. It has been used to generate a clinical pipeline of tetravalent mAb²® bispecific antibodies with a natural human antibody format, providing advantages such as a straightforward manufacturing process, favourable safety profile and strong biological potency.

About FS222

FS222 is a novel tetravalent, bispecific antibody that targets PD-L1 and CD137 and is currently in development as a single agent for the treatment of patients with solid tumours. The unique tetravalent structure of FS222 has been designed to deliver anti-tumour activity by simultaneously targeting immunosuppression within tumours by blocking the PD-L1 pathway, whilst promoting T cell activation through CD137 agonism in areas of PD-L1 expression, such as tumours. FS222 is a proprietary mAb²® bispecific antibody that uses the Fcab® platform, an antibody module that can be incorporated flexibly into different antibody formats. This platform was developed by F-star Therapeutics and acquired by invoX in 2023.