Mustang Bio Reports Preclinical Data on Regional Delivery of MB-103 HER2 Chimeric Antigen Receptor Engineered T (CAR T) Cells to Target HER2+ Breast Cancer Metastasis to the Brain

Data support clinical development of MB-103 HER2 CAR T cell therapy

NEW YORK, Oct. 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mustang Bio, Inc. (“Mustang”) (NASDAQ:MBIO), a Fortress Biotech (NASDAQ:FBIO) Company focused on the development of novel immunotherapies based on proprietary chimeric antigen receptor engineered T cell (CAR T) technology, announced that preclinical data for MB-103, its second-generation HER2 CAR T cell therapy, were published online in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.  These data demonstrate effective targeting of breast cancer brain metastases with intraventricular delivery of HER2-BBζ CAR T cells, and support the clinical development of this therapy. Mustang’s research partner, City of Hope (“COH”), conducted the preclinical study.

Manuel Litchman, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Mustang, said, “These encouraging preclinical data demonstrate the potential of our HER2 CAR T cell therapy to be an effective new treatment option for patients suffering from HER2+ breast cancer that has metastasized to the brain. This study shows the significance of CAR design in defining an optimized CAR T cell, and highlights intraventricular delivery of HER2 CAR T cells for treating multifocal brain metastases and leptomeningeal disease. Our team looks forward to the clinical advancement of this CAR T cell therapy in collaboration with our research partners at City of Hope, including a first-in-human Phase 1 study of MB-103 planned to initiate in 2018.”

Key Conclusions:

  • Humanized HER2 CAR T cells containing a 4-1BB intracellular co-stimulatory domain show reduced cytokine production with similar cytolytic activity compared with CD28
  • 4-1BB-containing HER2 CARs demonstrate improved tumor killing, with reduced T cell exhaustion and greater proliferative capacity compared to CD28-containing HER2 CARs
  • Regression of breast cancer brain metastasis following local delivery of HER2 CAR T cells
  • Regional intraventricular delivery of HER2-BBζ CAR T cells eradicates breast cancer brain metastasis
  • Regression of multifocal CNS disease following intraventricular HER2-BBζ CAR T cell delivery

About Mustang Bio
Mustang Bio, Inc., a subsidiary of Fortress Biotech, Inc., is a clinical‐stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel cancer immunotherapy products designed to leverage the patient’s own immune system to eliminate cancer cells. Mustang aims to acquire rights to these technologies by licensing or otherwise acquiring an ownership interest, funding research and development, and outlicensing or bringing the technologies to market. Mustang has partnered with the City of Hope National Medical Center (“COH”) and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the development of proprietary chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) engineered T cell (CAR T) therapies across many cancers. Mustang’s lead programs are in Phase 1 clinical trials at COH: MB-101 for the treatment of brain cancer and MB-102 as a therapeutic agent in acute myeloid leukemia. Mustang is registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and files periodic reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. For more information, visit

About Fortress Biotech
Fortress Biotech, Inc. (“Fortress”) is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to acquiring, developing and commercializing novel pharmaceutical and biotechnology products. Fortress develops and commercializes products both within Fortress and through certain of its subsidiary companies, also known as Fortress Companies. In addition to its internal development programs, Fortress leverages its biopharmaceutical business expertise and drug development capabilities and provides funding and management services to help the Fortress Companies achieve their goals. Fortress and the Fortress Companies may seek licensing arrangements, acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures and/or public and private financings to accelerate and provide additional funding to support their research and development programs. For more information, visit

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Jaclyn Jaffe
Mustang Bio, Inc.
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