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Rapid Manufacture of Retroviral Vectors Encoding Tumor-Specific T Cell Receptors for Adoptive Cell Immunotherapy

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have developed a novel method enabling rapid, GMP-compliant manufacture of retroviral vectors encoding anti-tumor T cell receptors (TCRs). T cells engineered through the use of these vectors to express tumor-reactive TCRs will be useful in adoptive cell immunotherapy for the treatment of cancer. Researchers at the NCI seek licensing and/or co-development research collaborations for this invention.
NIH Reference Number
Product Type
  • Adoptive Cell Therapy, ACT, Immunotherapy, Retroviral Vector, T Cell Receptor, TCR, T Cells, Rosenberg
Collaboration Opportunity
This invention is available for licensing and co-development.
Description of Technology

Human cancers contain genetic mutations that are unique to each patient. Some of the mutated peptides are immunogenic, can be recognized by T cells, and may serve as therapeutic targets. However, there are technical barriers making it difficult to engineer tumor-specific T cells unique to each patient. Thus, there is a need for new methods of producing these T cells in sufficient quantities to provide patients with adoptive cell immunotherapy.

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have developed a method that enables the GMP manufacture of gammaretroviral vectors encoding tumor mutation-specific T Cell receptors (TCRs) using transient transfection-based vector production methods. This approach encompasses the production of a fully validated 293GP master cell bank (MCB). The 293GP is a 293-based retroviral packaging cell line stably expressing the Moloney Murine Leukemia Virus gap-pol gene. This MCB has been biosafety tested to industry standards, including: testing for replication competent retrovirus (RCR), human viruses and other adventitious virus. This MCB will be used to produce a transient pMSGV1 gammaretrovirus encoding a TCR reactive to a patient-specific neoantigen. Vector supernatants will be manufactured for a single patient and used to transduce the patient's autologous peripheral blood lymphocytes; thereby generating a cell therapy product for use in a single patient.

The NCI, Surgery Branch, is seeking statements of capability or interest from parties interested in licensing this invention and/or collaborative research to further develop, evaluate or commercialize this method of manufacturing vectors encoding cancer mutation-specific TCRs for adoptive cell immunotherapy.

Potential Commercial Applications
  • Personalized cell therapy targeting tumor specific mutations using gene modified T cells
  • High efficiency production of GMP-compliant viral vectors 
Competitive Advantages
  • Method for generating autologous high frequency (up to 90%) tumor mutation-specific T-Cells directed against mutations expressed by the patient’s tumor

Steven A Feldman (NCI), Steven A Rosenberg (NCI)

Development Stage
Patent Status
  • U.S. Provisional: U.S. Provisional Patent Application Number 62/639,272 , Filed 06 Mar 2018
Therapeutic Area
Monday, October 15, 2018