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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Surface Oncology (NASDAQ:SURF), a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company developing next-generation immunotherapies that target the tumor microenvironment (TME), today announced the presentation of updated preclinical findings regarding the anti-tumor effects of increasing inflammation and reducing extracellular adenosine in the TME. The data highlight the mechanisms of targeting CD73 and CD39, which are distinct targets in the adenosine axis and focal points of the Surface Oncology pipeline. The podium presentation, “Targeting the Adenosine Axis to Treat Cancer”, was given by the Company’s vice president of cancer biology, Pamela Holland, Ph.D., at Brisbane Immunotherapy 2019 in Brisbane, Australia.
“These data are supportive of our multi-faceted approach to targeting the adenosine axis. Pam’s presentation highlights additional validating data of the NZV930 program candidate, a highly potent enzymatic inhibitor of CD73, and its ability to block the production of extracellular adenosine in the TME,” said Vito Palombella, Ph.D., chief scientific officer of Surface. “For CD39, this new in vivo data demonstrates that inhibition of CD39 upregulates inflammation in the TME, leading to an influx of innate immune cells to tumors, a compelling addition to the significant supporting evidence behind this program. Also, by reducing adenosine, in a manner similar to NZV930, we see increased proliferation of tumor-targeting T cells. These data show a dual mechanism of action for this monoclonal antibody candidate, whereby it invokes both the innate and adaptive arms of the immune system. We look forward to advancing our lead CD39 antibody, SRF617, into the clinic later in 2019.“
Dr. Holland’s presentation is accessible on the Investors page of the Surface website at https://investors.surfaceoncology.com
About Surface Oncology:
Surface Oncology is an immuno-oncology company developing next-generation antibody therapies focused on the tumor microenvironment with lead programs targeting CD73, CD39, IL-27 and CD47. Surface’s novel cancer immunotherapies are designed to achieve a clinically meaningful and sustained anti-tumor response and may be used alone or in combination with other therapies. The company has a pipeline of six novel immunotherapies and a strategic collaboration with Novartis focused on NZV930 (CD73) and potentially one additional undisclosed program. For more information, please visit www.surfaceoncology.com.