BETHESDA, Md., June 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Micromet, Inc. (Nasdaq: MITI), today announced the publication of pre-clinical data in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), demonstrating the potency of new product candidates based on the Company's proprietary BiTE® antibody technology. BiTE antibodies are a new class of agents designed to harness a patient's T cells to kill cancer cells.
Results published in PNAS characterize new BiTE antibodies generated to target epidermal growth factor receptor 1 (EGFR), a protein expressed on the surface of most solid tumors. An EGFR-directed BiTE antibody based on cetuximab demonstrated potent anti-tumor activity against cetuximab-resistant tumors in animal models. Unlike the monoclonal antibody cetuximab, the cetuximab-based BiTE antibody did not show evidence of skin toxicity usually attributed to anti-EGFR therapies.
"Our latest results demonstrate the potential of BiTE antibodies to overcome the limitations of conventional antibodies and illustrate the breadth and broad applicability of our next-generation antibody technology," said Patrick Baeuerle, Ph.D., Micromet's Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer.
A copy of the article is accessible from the PNAS website: www.pnas.org.
About BiTE Antibodies
BiTE® antibodies are designed to direct the body's cytotoxic, or cell-destroying, T cells against tumor cells, and represent a new therapeutic approach to cancer therapy. Typically, antibodies cannot engage T cells because T cells lack the appropriate receptors for binding antibodies. BiTE antibodies have been shown to bind T cells to tumor cells, ultimately inducing a self-destruction process in the tumor cells referred to as apoptosis, or programmed cell death. In the presence of BiTE antibodies, T cells have been demonstrated to serially eliminate tumor cells, which explains the activity of BiTE antibodies at very low concentrations. Through the killing process, T cells start to proliferate, which leads to an increased number of T cells at the site of attack.
About Micromet, Inc.
Micromet, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative antibody-based therapies for the treatment of cancer. Its product development pipeline includes novel antibodies generated with its proprietary BiTE® technology, as well as conventional monoclonal antibodies. Two of Micromet's BiTE antibodies and three of its conventional antibodies are currently in clinical trials. Micromet has collaborations with a number of leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, including sanofi-aventis, Bayer Schering Pharma, Merck Serono, Boehringer Ingelheim, MedImmune and Nycomed. Additional information can be found at www.micromet-inc.com.
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