The cytokines IL-2 and IFN-α received FDA approval three decades ago. Although efficacious in a subset of cancer patients, widespread usage of these treatments has been limited by toxicity. Additionally, a growing body of data has implicated TGF-β as a central regulator of the tumor microenvironment. We believe targeted inhibition of this pathway may help overcome resistance to checkpoint blockade therapy.
We are developing cytokine drugs that are only active following binding to a specified target. Our therapeutics have the potential to be more effective than systemically active native or attenuated cytokines.