Janux Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that uses its Tumor Activated T Cell Engager (TRACTr) and Tumor Activated Immunomodulator (TRACIr) platforms to develop a diverse pipeline of novel immunotherapies. On December 27, 2022, the company announced that it had submitted an investigational new drug (IND) application for JANX008 to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, an EGFR-TRACTr in (SCCHN).
The company is pleased to announce its second IND. It considers this a big step forward for its TRACTr platform, which has also helped many next-generation immunotherapies move forward.
JANX008 is made in a particular way to avoid cytokine release syndrome and the known harmful effects of EGFR in on-target healthy tissue. As a result, the company thinks it could be easier to treat EGFR-expressing cancers in many ways.
JANX008 is a double-masked TRACTr that conceals both the EGFR-binding and T-cell-specific binding domains (CD3). JANX008 exhibited minor cytokine release syndrome and healthy tissue toxicity in preclinical studies. Besides, it demonstrated superior safety and pharmacokinetic (PK) qualities compared to unmasked TCEs. These data and JANX008’s strong manufacturability qualities justify its continued development as a potential therapy for solid tumors.
About the Janux
Janux Therapeutics is a clinical-stage business developing immunotherapies that target cancers without affecting healthy tissue. The company uses platform masking to generate innovative therapeutic candidates that address T-cell engager toxicity and efficacy limitations. It develops next-generation cancer therapeutics using the TRACTOR platform. Janux Therapeutics focuses on developing medically-validated T cell engagers (TCEs). Its pipeline includes PSMA, EGFR, and TOP2 efforts. All of its programs are IND-enabling or discovery.