LEXINGTON, Mass., Sept. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Agenus (NASDAQ: AGEN), an immuno-oncology company with an extensive pipeline of therapeutics designed to activate the immune response to cancers and infections, today announced the initiation of a global Phase 2 program of botensilimab, an Fc-enhanced anti-CTLA-4 that activates innate and adaptive immune responses. These trials include ACTIVATE-Colorectal, a Phase 2 study designed to evaluate botensilimab as monotherapy and in combination with balstilimab (anti-PD-1) for the treatment of microsatellite stable colorectal cancer (MSS CRC), and ACTIVATE-Melanoma, a Phase 2 study designed to evaluate botensilimab as a single agent for advanced melanoma, refractory to either prior anti-PD-1 or combined anti-PD-1/anti-CTLA-4 therapy. An additional Phase 2 study in pancreatic cancer is anticipated to begin later in 2022.

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