ERC Starting Grant - Armoring multifunctional T cells for cancer therapy (ARMOR-T)
- Project leader: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kobold
- Affiliation: Department of Clinical Pharmacology
- Funding: 2018 to 2023
Adoptive T cell therapy (ACT) is a powerful approach to treat even advanced cancer diseases where poor prognosis calls for innovative treatments. However ACT is critically limited by insufficient T cell infiltration into the tumor, T cell activation at the tumor site and local T cell suppression. Few advances have been made in the field to tackle these limitations besides increasing T cell activation. My group has focussed on these unaddressed issues but came to realise that tackling these one by one will not be sufficient. I have developed a panel of unpublished chemokine receptors and innovative modular antibody-activated receptors which have the potential to overcome the limitations of ACT against solid tumors. This ground-breaking portfolio places my group in the unique position to address combination of synergistic receptors and enable cellular therapies in previously unsuccessful indications. My project will provide the rationale for provision of an effective cancer treatment. The goal is to develop the next generation of ACT through advanced T cell engineering. ARMOR-T will provide the basis for further preclinical and clinical development of a pioneering cellular product devoid of the limitations of available products to date.