The BioNTech Approach
We are utilizing messenger ribonucleic acid, or mRNA, to deliver genetic information to cells, where it is used to express proteins for therapeutic effect. We are developing a portfolio of immunotherapies that utilize four different mRNA formats and three different formulations to derive five distinct platforms for the treatment of cancer. Three of these platforms are currently in human testing:
- Our off-the-shelf shared antigen immunotherapy, or FixVac
- Our individualized neoantigen specific immunotherapy, or iNeST, in collaboration with Genentech
- Our intratumoral immunotherapy, in collaboration with Sanofi
- Our two platforms in which we use mRNA to express directly in the patient either (a) particular antibodies, or RiboMabs, or (b) specific cytokines, or RiboCytokines
In collaboration with Pfizer and Genevant, we are also leveraging our mRNA technology beyond oncology to treat influenza and rare diseases.
We are developing a range of novel cell therapies in which the patient’s T cells are modified to target cancer-specific antigens. These include two platforms for the treatment of solid tumors: chimeric antigen receptor or CAR T cells and T cell receptor or TCR programs. We are also combining our mRNA FixVac platform with our first CAR T product candidates to enhance the persistence of CAR-T cells in vivo.
We are developing, in collaboration with Genmab, next-generation bispecific antibodies that are designed to target immune checkpoints that modulate the patient’s immune response to cancer. We are also exploring additional targeted cancer antibody approaches utilizing our in-house and recently acquired antibody capabilities.