In October 2018, Compguen entered into a clinical trial collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb to evaluate the safety and tolerability of Compugen’s COM701 in combination with Bristol-Myers Squibb’s PD-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor Opdivo® (nivolumab), in patients with advanced solid tumors.
Under the terms of the collaboration agreement, Compugen will sponsor the ongoing two-part Phase 1 trial, which includes the evaluation of the combination of COM701 and Opdivo in four tumor types, including non-small cell lung, ovarian, breast and endometrial cancer. The collaboration is also designed to address potential future combinations, including trials sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb to investigate combined inhibition of checkpoint mechanisms, such as PVRIG and TIGIT. The clinical combination of multiple immune checkpoint inhibition is designed to test the biological rationale of the PVRIG pathway and the synergistic activity demonstrated in preclinical models.
In conjunction with this collaboration, Bristol-Myers Squibb made a strategic investment in Compugen and now holds approximately 4% of Compugen.
“Our goal is to evaluate whether the innovative combination of COM701 with Opdivo is safe and active in various tumor types,” said Fouad Namouni, M.D., Head of Development, Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “We look forward to building a strong collaboration with Compugen and addressing significant unmet needs.”