MAIA Biotechnology (MAIA) – Journal Article Confirms MOA In An Additional Tumor Type

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Thursday, February 08, 2024

MAIA is a targeted therapy, immuno-oncology company focused on the development and commercialization of potential first-in-class drugs with novel mechanisms of action that are intended to meaningfully improve and extend the lives of people with cancer. Our lead program is THIO, a potential first-in-class cancer telomere targeting agent in clinical development for the treatment of NSCLC patients with telomerase-positive cancer cells. For more information, please visit

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New Publication Shows Multiple Activities of THIO In SCLC. MAIA announced the publication of an article in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications that discusses the dual mechanism of action and effects of THIO in small cell lung cancer (SCLC). This is another tumor type in which THIO has been shown to have direct killing effects on cancer cells and activation the cGAS-STING signaling pathway that leads to an immune response. We see this as consistent with previous data confirming THIO benefits.

MAIA Is Developing THIO For Both Major Lung Cancers. Out of all lung cancer cases, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) comprises about 87% while small cell (SCLC) comprises about 13%. Although less common than NSCLC, SCLC is highly aggressive and highly metastatic. SCLC cells have high telomerase activity that enables their high proliferation rate and  immortality. MAIA has received Orphan drug designation from the FDA for SCLC, while the Phase 2 THIO-101 trial is testing THIO in NSCLC.

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