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Cellectis Presents Pre-Clinical Data on Multi-armored Allogeneic MUC1-CAR T-cells Targeting Triple-Negative Breast Cancer at the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) 38th Annual Meeting

NEW YORK, Oct. 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  Cellectis (the “Company”) (Euronext Growth: ALCLS - NASDAQ: CLLS), a clinical-stage biotechnology company using its pioneering gene-editing platform to develop life-saving cell and gene therapies, announced today that pre-clinical data on MUC1-CAR T-cells to overcome key challenges of targeting solid tumors, will be presented at the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer’s 38th Annual Meeting (SITC 2023), that will take place on November 1-5, 2023 at San Diego Convention Center in San Diego (CA).

The data will be presented by Laurent Poirot, Ph.D., SVP Immunology of Cellectis, in a poster session that will be held November 4th 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. PDT, at San Diego Convention Center, Hall A.

The poster is number 254 and it is entitled “TGF-Beta Blockade Combined with Activation-Induced IL12 Secretion Synergize to Optimize Potency of MUC1-CAR T-cells in Preclinical Targeting of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer”.

While during SITC 2022 Cellectis presented how TALEN®-mediated gene editing allows programming of various functions addressing both safety and potency aspects of allogenic CAR T-cell therapy, this year the company’s presentation will focus on the synergistic benefits of ΔPD1-IL12 and TGFBR2-KO attributes in preclinical models of triple negative breast cancer.

“We demonstrate that combination of the ΔPD1-IL12 with TGFBR2 KO not only enhanced CAR-T cell activity but surprisingly limit their accumulation outside the tumor, therefore reducing the risks of off-tumor toxicity. These cells also show strong anti-tumor activity against distal tumors when infused intratumorally”, said Laurent Poirot, Ph.D., SVP Immunology at Cellectis.

These pre-clinical data highlight the capability of multi-armored allogeneic CAR T-cells to preserve their activity despite the immunosuppressive microenvironment, while mitigating potential safety concerns.

About Cellectis     

Cellectis is a clinical-stage biotechnology company using its pioneering gene-editing platform to develop life-saving cell and gene therapies. Cellectis utilizes an allogeneic approach for CAR-T immunotherapies in oncology, pioneering the concept of off-the-shelf and ready-to-use gene-edited CAR T-cells to treat cancer patients, and a platform to make therapeutic gene editing in hemopoietic stem cells for various diseases. As a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with over 23 years of experience and expertise in gene editing, Cellectis is developing life-changing product candidates utilizing TALEN®, its gene editing technology, and PulseAgile, its pioneering electroporation system to harness the power of the immune system in order to treat diseases with unmet medical needs. Cellectis’ headquarters are in Paris, France, with locations in New York, New York and Raleigh, North Carolina. Cellectis is listed on the Nasdaq Global Market (ticker: CLLS) and on Euronext Growth (ticker: ALCLS).     

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For further information on Cellectis, please contact:     

Media contact:       

Patricia Sosa Navarro, Chief of Staff to the CEO, +33 (0)7 76 77 46 93, 

Investor Relations contacts:       

Arthur Stril, Chief Business Officer, +1 (347) 809 5980,       
Ashley R. Robinson, LifeSci Advisors, +1 617 430 7577


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