OSLO, Norway, Nov 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
Nordic Nanovector ASA (OSE: NANO) announces that an abstract reporting promising results from a research collaboration to develop a novel CD37-targeting alpha therapy for B-cell malignancies has been published. The complete results will be presented in a poster at the 60th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition (1-4 December 2018 in San Diego, CA, USA).
The research collaboration was established in June 2015 with Orano Med (formerly known as AREVA Med) to develop and investigate a next-generation targeted alpha therapy, comprising Nordic Nanovector's chimeric anti-CD37 antibody (NNV003) and lead-212 (212Pb), for the treatment of B-cell malignancies.
The results published in the abstract relate to promising findings from preclinical studies investigating the dose-dependent efficacy and tolerability of 212Pb-NNV003 in human cell and mouse models of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) and Burkitt's lymphoma (a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, NHL).
In the studies, 212Pb-NNV003 was found to be well tolerated and led to a 90-100% survival rate in mouse models of CLL and NHL.
Jostein Dahle, Chief Scientific Officer of Nordic Nanovector, said: "There is a strong scientific rationale for combining our CD37-targeting approach with other cytotoxic payloads, including radionuclides and toxins. CD37 is an important target for B-cell malignancies as it is selectively expressed on the surface of B-cell malignancies. Alpha-particles have demonstrated good potential for targeted cancer therapies because their high energy is limited to a very short distance of just a few cell widths resulting in localised cytotoxicity while sparing surrounding healthy tissues. The development of 212Pb-conjugated CD37-targeted alpha therapy therefore offers the potential to treat leukaemias and lymphomas where there is no substantial tumour mass and tumour cells are near healthy tissues. We look forward to further results from this research programme."
Abstract title: Targeted Alpha Therapy with 212Pb-NNV-003 for the Treatment of CD37 Positive B-Cell Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL)
Authors: A. Saidi et al.
Session Name: 642. CLL: Therapy, excluding Transplantation: Poster III
Date: Monday, 3 December 2018
Presentation Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Pacific time
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Hall GH
The abstract is available at http://www.hematology.org/Annual-Meeting/ and the poster will be published on the Nordic Nanovector website to coincide with the session.
The ASH annual meeting is the premier event for scientific exchange in the field of haematology, attracting more than 20,000 attendees from all over the world. Typically, more than 5,000 scientific abstracts are submitted each year, and more than 3,000 abstracts are accepted for oral and poster presentations through an extensive peer review process.
About Nordic Nanovector
Nordic Nanovector is committed to develop and deliver innovative therapies to patients to address major unmet medical needs and advance cancer care. The Company aspires to become a leader in the development of targeted therapies for haematological cancers. Nordic Nanovector's lead clinical-stage candidate is Betalutin®, a novel CD37-targeting antibody-radionuclide-conjugate designed to advance the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). NHL is an indication with substantial unmet medical need, representing a growing market forecast to be worth nearly USD 20 billion by 2024. Nordic Nanovector intends to retain marketing rights and to actively participate in the commercialisation of Betalutin® in core markets. Further information can be found at www.nordicnanovector.com
About Orano Med
Orano Med (formerly AREVA Med) is a nuclear medicine biotech company developing innovative therapies in oncology. Orano Med has developed new processes for producing lead-212 (212Pb), a rare radioactive isotope used in Targeted Alpha Therapy (TAT), an innovative and promising approach of nuclear medicine allowing recognizing and destroying cancer cells while limiting the impact on nearby healthy cells. With its partners, Orano Med pursues the development of effective therapies to address patient needs. Orano Med is a subsidiary of Orano. More information about Orano Med: www.oranomed.com .
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