TCR² Therapeutics Announces 2022 Strategic Priorities and Anticipated Milestones

Jan 10, 2022

- Safety Review Team (SRT) identified gavo-cel recommended Phase 2 dose (RP2D) at 1x108 cells/m2
- Initiation of gavo-cel Phase 2 study expected in 1H 2022 with initial data in 2H 2022
- Initial data from TC-510 Phase 1/2 trial anticipated in 2H 2022
- Selection of lead allogeneic TRuC-T cell candidate anticipated in 2022
- TCR2 to present an update on Company progress at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 7:30AM E.T.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TCR2 Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: TCRR), a clinical-stage cell therapy company with a pipeline of novel T cell therapies for cancer patients suffering from solid tumors, today announced its strategic priorities and anticipated milestones for 2022.

“TCR2 is building a leading cell therapy company for the treatment of cancer patients with solid tumors and we believe 2022 will be a transformative year for the company. In our upcoming Phase 2 clinical trial, gavo-cel efficacy will be evaluated both as a monotherapy and in combination with key immune checkpoint inhibitors through our partnership with Bristol Myers Squibb. We believe gavo-cel has a promising competitive profile in mesothelioma as well as other mesothelin-positive solid tumors, such as ovarian cancer, where we were the first company to demonstrate a RECIST clinical response with a cell therapy as a single agent,” said Garry Menzel, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of TCR2 Therapeutics. “In addition, we will be generating clinical data from the next program in the pipeline, TC-510, which is our first enhanced TRuC-T cell. In a milestone-rich year, we will also provide several preclinical updates on our emerging pipeline, including from a collaboration with Arbor Biotechnologies to further advance our allogeneic TRuC-T cells for the treatment of solid tumors.”

2022 Strategic Priorities and Anticipated Milestones

Gavo-cel: Lead TRuC-T cell targeting mesothelin-positive non-small cell lung cancer, ovarian cancer, malignant pleural/peritoneal mesothelioma, and cholangiocarcinoma

  • SRT identified recommended Phase 2 dose at 1x108 cells/m2
  • Update on Phase 2 expansion cohort initiation anticipated in 1H 2022, which is subject to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) feedback on the clinical trial design and clearance to initiate the Phase 2 expansion cohort
  • Expanded and complete Phase 1 dataset on safety, efficacy and translational data anticipated in 1H 2022
  • Initial data from Phase 2 expansion cohort including safety, efficacy and translational data anticipated in 2H 2022

TC-510: TRuC-T cell targeting mesothelin-positive solid tumors

  • IND filing and clearance anticipated in 1H 2022
  • Initial safety, efficacy and translational data from Phase 1 dose escalation anticipated in 2H 2022

Pipeline Expansion: Prioritization of enhanced TRuC-T cells in the Company’s growing pipeline including both autologous and allogeneic programs in 2022

  • Allogeneic TRuC-T cells: Preclinical data from and selection of lead allogeneic TRuC-T cell candidate anticipated in 2022
  • Autologous TRuC-T cells: Preclinical data from TRuC-T cells targeting novel antigens and enhancements anticipated in 2022

Manufacturing: TCR2 continues to focus on securing manufacturing capacity in a capital efficient manner

  • Material for gavo-cel clinical trials expected to be supplemented by ElevateBio in 2H 2022
  • Phased buildout of commercial-scale manufacturing center of excellence in Rockville, Maryland with anticipated cGMP production in 2023

Cash Position and Financial Guidance

TCR2 ended the third quarter of 2021 with $295.7 million in cash, cash equivalents, and investments. The Company expects that this will fund operating expenses and capital expenditure requirements into 2024.

About TCR2 Therapeutics

TCR2 Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical-stage cell therapy company developing a pipeline of novel T cell therapies for cancer patients suffering from solid tumors. The company is focused on the discovery and development of product candidates against novel and complex targets utilizing its proprietary T cell receptor (TCR) Fusion Construct T cells (TRuC®-T cells). The TRuC platform is designed to specifically recognize and kill cancer cells by harnessing signaling from the entire TCR, independent of human leukocyte antigens (HLA). For more information about TCR2, please visit

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