Selecta Biosciences Announces Science Advances Publication Highlighting Potential Potency and Durability Benefits of ImmTOR™ in Gene Therapy

Feb 24, 2021

- Data demonstrate that ImmTOR has the potential to enhance transgene expression in the liver at initial dose of AAV vector -

- ImmTOR shown to increase hepatic vector copy numbers and transgene mRNA expression -

- Replicated findings supporting ImmTOR’s ability to block the formation of neutralizing anti-capsid antibodies thereby enabling vector redosing and dose sparing -

- Publication further validates use of ImmTOR in Selecta’s gene therapy pipeline, including lead candidate, MMA-101, for the treatment of methylmalonic acidemia (MMA) in collaboration with AskBio, and ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency -

WATERTOWN, Mass., Feb. 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Selecta Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: SELB, “Selecta”), a biotechnology company leveraging its clinically validated ImmTOR™ platform to develop tolerogenic therapies that selectively mitigate unwanted immune responses, today announced the peer-reviewed publication of a study investigating the effects of the co-administration of ImmTOR nanoparticles to adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors on transgene expression in mice. The data, published in a Science Advances paper titled “Enhancement of liver-directed transgene expression at initial and repeat doses of AAV vectors admixed with ImmTOR nanoparticles,” demonstrate that the addition of ImmTOR nanoparticles to AAV vectors has the potential enhance the efficacy, safety and durability of gene therapies by mediating more efficient transgene expression at the first dose and by enabling vector redosing by preventing the formation of capsid-specific antibodies. These findings underscore the promise of Selecta’s ImmTOR platform to address current limitations, notably immunogenicity, safety and durability, of gene therapy.

“The results in this publication continue to expand our knowledge of and validate the benefits of co-administering ImmTOR with AAV gene therapies,” said Carsten Brunn, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Selecta. “Along with our previous research, this study demonstrates the multipronged mechanism of ImmTOR that makes it a particularly attractive candidate in clinical indications where repeat vector dosing may be necessary, most notably in children. Importantly, this study also shows the enhanced transgene expression induced by admixing ImmTOR and AAV vectors, which may enable lower doses of AAV to be used. We look forward to continuing to investigate the benefits of adding ImmTOR to gene therapy in clinical studies this year.”

In the study, researchers evaluated the effects of ImmTOR on repeat administration of the same AAV vector expressing secreted embryonic alkaline phosphatase (SEAP), a widely used reporter gene transgene, in mice. Co-administration of ImmTOR and AAV8-SEAP showed a beneficial effect on transgene expression after the first dose and reached levels approximately two-to-three-fold higher than that observed in mice treated with the AAV vector alone. The first dose benefit was immediate, dose dependent and not mouse strain or capsid specific. The rapid and enhanced transgene expression may enable therapeutic benefit at lower doses of AAV and faster onset of transgene- directed therapeutic effects.

The study also investigated the extent to which the addition of ImmTOR nanoparticles to AAV vectors, known as admixing, has on expression and its potential mechanism. Admixing of ImmTOR and AAV showed even higher levels of vector genome copies in the liver and mRNA and protein expression of the transgene SEAP, compared to sequential administration of AAV-SEAP and ImmTOR or dosing with AAV-SEAP alone. The cumulative benefit of enhancing first dose transgene expression and enabling repeat dosing can provide up to a four-fold increase in transgene expression compared to gene therapy with AAV vector alone. Admixing ImmTOR and AAV prior to injection was important for enhanced transgene expression after the first dose, but not required for inhibition of AAV-specific antibodies or for repeated administration of AAV vectors. Despite this finding in mice, a recent study performed in non-human primates (NHP) has demonstrated that admixing of ImmTOR with AAV was not necessary to observe the increased levels and durability of transgene expression at the first dose.

About Selecta Biosciences, Inc.
Selecta Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ: SELB) is leveraging its clinically validated ImmTOR™ platform to develop tolerogenic therapies that selectively mitigate unwanted immune responses. With a proven ability to induce tolerance to highly immunogenic proteins, ImmTOR has the potential to amplify the efficacy of biologic therapies, including redosing of life-saving gene therapies, as well as restore the body’s natural self-tolerance in autoimmune diseases. The company’s first program aimed at addressing immunogenicity to AAV gene therapies is expected to enter clinical trials in early 2021 in partnership with AskBio for the treatment of methylmalonic acidemia (MMA), a rare metabolic disorder. A wholly-owned program focused on addressing IgA nephropathy driven by ImmTOR and a therapeutic enzyme is also in development among additional product candidates. Selecta recently licensed its Phase 3 clinical product candidate, SEL-212, in chronic refractory gout to Sobi. For more information, please visit

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