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Werewolf Therapeutics (HOWL) has Enormous Potential in Cancer Treatment

by | Jun 20, 2021

Werewolf Therapeutics (HOWL) a recent new Biotech issue that looks promising as a small cap with a market cap of just $400M.

HOWL is an innovative biopharmaceutical company pioneering the development of therapeutics engineered to stimulate the body’s immune system for the treatment of cancer. It is leveraging its proprietary PREDATORTM platform to design conditionally activated molecules that stimulate both adaptive and innate immunity with the goal of addressing the limitations of conventional proinflammatory immune therapies. Its molecules, INDUKINETM molecules, are intended to selectively target the tumor microenvironment, or TME.

Its PREDATOR platform consists of its protein engineering technologies to generate INDUKINE molecules with multiple functional domains rationally engineered into a single protein to achieve the desired pharmaceutical profile. Each lead INDUKINE molecules consists of four components: a cytokine, an inactivation domain, a half-life extension domain and a proprietary protease-cleavable linker. HOWL is engineering conditionally activated proinflammatory immunomodulators, or INDUKINE molecules, which are delivered systemically but activated only in the TME with the goal of generating potent anti-tumor response while minimizing toxicities.

HOWL’s most advanced product candidates are WTX-124 and WTX-330, are systemically delivered, conditionally activated Interleukin-2, or IL-2, and Interleukin-12, or IL-12, respectively, INDUKINE molecules for the treatment of solid tumors. It plans to submit  an investigational new drug application, or IND, to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, for each of WTX-124 and WTX-330 in the first half of 2022, and thereafter initiate a Phase 1/1b clinical trial for each candidate in multiple tumor types as a single agent and in combination with an immune checkpoint inhibitor. WTX-124 is designed to be a systemically delivered, conditionally activated IL-2 INDUKINE molecule for the treatment of advanced solid tumors with the potential to be the only systemically delivered IL-2 therapy with full cytokine potency and function to drive robust antitumor effector responses. WTX-330 is designed to be a systemically delivered, conditionally activated IL-12 INDUKINE molecule for the treatment of relapsed or refractory advanced or metastatic solid tumors or lymphoma with the potential to be the only systemically delivered, conditionally activated IL-12 therapy with normal tissue IL-12 receptor, or IL-12R, blockade and with full IL-12 potency and function.

HOWL recently noticed it has enough cash to fund operations for at least 24 months. Pre-clinical data has been strong and its platform with the ability to transform cytokines with proven biologic activity into protein drugs has enormous potential.