Instil Bio Receives Orphan Drug Designation for ITIL-168 in Melanoma

DALLAS, April 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Instil Bio, Inc. (“Instil”) (Nasdaq: TIL) received orphan drug designation (ODD) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of melanoma stages IIB to IV with its ITIL-168 TIL therapy.

“The Orphan Drug Designation incentivizes biotech companies to develop new therapies that are important for patients. We are pleased to advance development of ITIL-168 for the treatment of melanoma stages IIB to IV with this designation,” said Bronson Crouch, Chief Executive Officer of Instil.

Orphan Drug Designation confers potential benefits to sponsors, including tax credits for qualified clinical testing, waiver of BLA user fees, and eligibility of market exclusivity for 7 years upon marketing approval.

About ITIL-168

ITIL-168 is an investigational, autologous cell therapy made from tumor infiltrating lymphocytes, or TILs. ITIL-168 is manufactured with Instil’s proprietary, optimized, and scalable manufacturing process, which has been designed to capture and preserve the maximum diversity of each patient’s TILs; the manufacturing process also offers significant scheduling flexibility for patients and physicians at the time of both tumor resection and TIL treatment. Instil plans to investigate ITIL-168 in a global phase 2 trial in advanced melanoma in 2021 and additional solid tumor indications in Phase 1 clinical trials beginning in 2022.

About Instil Bio

Instil Bio, Inc. (Nasdaq: TIL) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing tumor infiltrating lymphocyte, or TIL, therapies for the treatment of patients with cancer. The Company has assembled an accomplished management team with a successful track record in the development, manufacture, and commercialization of cell therapies. Using the company’s proprietary, optimized, and scalable manufacturing processes at its in-house manufacturing facilities, Instil is advancing its lead TIL product candidate, ITIL-168, for the treatment of advanced melanoma and other solid tumors as well as ITIL-306, a next-generation, genetically engineered TIL therapy for multiple solid tumors. For more information visit and LinkedIn.

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