CAR-T Cells: “Bionic” Immune Cells for Treating Cancer

In the 1970s television series The Six Million Dollar Man, the narrator says of severely injured astronaut Steve Austin: “We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better, stronger, faster.” The narrator was referring to “bionic” technologies that provided higher visual acuity, stunning strength, and the ability to run at speeds greater than 60 miles per hour.

Over the past few years, cancer immunologists have achieved a comparable feat. They have taken T cells—the immune cells capable of destroying infectious agents, foreign cells, and cancers—and rebuilt them to be better than they were, better at recognizing and killing cancer cells.

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AACR Annual Meeting 2018: Off-the-shelf CAR T-cell Immunotherapy – Are we There Yet?

A study presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2018 discussed preliminary data on an off-the-shelf, T-cell receptor (TCR)-less, dual-targeted CD19-CAR T-cell product, FT819. In proof-of-concept preclinical studies, FT819 was found …

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Improving the Effectiveness of CAR T-cell Immunotherapy

A study presented in the AACR Annual Meeting 2018 Media Preview webinar, held March 15, examined closely a key ingredient necessary to make effective chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells – the T cells of a patient. The researchers behind this study have identified one potential reason for why we have not been successful in making CAR T-cell therapy work against solid tumors, and offer a solution.

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