Despite the successes of therapies like Kymriah and Yescarta against blood cancers, solid tumours remain difficult to treat. Finding appropriate molecular targets such as cancer-specific receptors is an ongoing challenge, while the physical environment of a solid tumour also plays a role in suppressing immune responses within it. That said, immunotherapy/cell therapy, like chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) therapies, has shown amazing promise in treating cancer patients where traditional therapies have failed.
https://pancancer-t.com/ (Pan Cancer T) is a spinout from https://www.erasmusmc.nl/en/cancer-institute/patient-care (Erasmus MC Cancer Institute) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. They are developing dual-action TCR cell therapies, a next-generation treatment for solid cancer that targets both the tumour and the immunosuppressive environment that they present.
In this episode of BioInnovation Spotlight, Katrien Reynders-Frederix talks about the novel approach to TCR therapy at Pan Cancer T, her personal journey from biology to business, and why she wants to make a difference for patients.
Pan Cancer T was founded by Prof. Reno Debets and Dr Dora Hammerl, and is supported by Thuja Capital, Van Herk Ventures, and Swanbridge Capital.