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HLE BiTE® technology: enhancing features of the BiTE® platform

Engaging the natural power of T cells with BiTE® Technology

BiTE® technology is designed to overcome cancer cells' evasion of the immune system by engaging patients own T cells to directly target cancer cells. BiTE® molecules are engineered to target a selected tumor antigen and CD3 found on T cells.1,3

BiTE® technology has been shown to activate the cytotoxic potential of T cells and lead to sustained T cell response and cancer cell apoptosis.1,4

Extending the benefits of BiTE® technology

Canonical BiTE® molecules are designed to be relatively small recombinant proteins that are cleared through the kidney, with a serum half-life of a few hours. Currently, the protein engineers at Amgen are designing BiTE® molecules with enhanced features, including a half-life extended (HLE) BiTE® molecule containing a fragment-crystallizable (Fc) domain. Adding an Fc portion to the BiTE® molecule is designed to extend the amount of time before it is eliminated from the body.1-3,5-7

It is anticipated that these HLE BiTE® molecules could potentially be infused less frequently.7,8

HLE BiTE® molecules are under investigation to target12:
Clinical trials are underway in several cancers, including12:

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BCMA: B cell maturation antigen; BiTE: Bispecific T Cell Engager; CD: cluster of differentiation; DLL3: delta-like canonical Notch ligand 3; EGFR: epidermal growth factor receptor; FLT3: fms-like tyrosine kinase 3; HLE: half-life extended; PSMA: prostate-specific membrane antigen.


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