Immune responses are controlled by an exquisite system of stimulatory and inhibitory checkpoints. Cancer cells often find a way to co-opt these checkpoints to avoid being attacked by the immune system. There is growing interest in blocking inhibitory innate immune checkpoints such as the “don’t eat me” signal, CD47, which is commonly overexpressed on cancer cells, and the TAM receptor family of tyrosine kinases. Also, small molecule agonists against STING—a protein that ramps up production of interferons and cytokines—are major targets on the radar for therapeutic development, as well as molecules that target Toll-like Receptors (TLRs) and RIG-I-like Receptors (RLRs). Join us for a discussion about first-in-class STING agonists and innate immune checkpoints in cancer.
Topics to be covered:
- Immune Oncology beyond PD1: preclinical and first clinical data using ADU-S100, a first-in-class STING agonist
- Mechanism of an immune-modulating biologic for late-stage cancer
- The CD47-SIRPα innate immune checkpoint in cancer
Meet the Speakers:
Chief Scientific Officer
Aduro Biotech, Inc.
President and Chief Scientific Officer
Biothera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Professor (Immunotherapy), Depts. Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology
VU Medical Center
Head, Dept. Blood Cell Research, Sanquin Research
Academic Medical Center