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HAMPTON, N.J., June 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLDX) today announced preliminary data from the Company’s Phase 1 dose escalation study of PD-L1xCD27 bispecific antibody CDX-527 in patients with advanced malignancies. These data were presented in a poster session as part of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2021 Annual Meeting taking place June 4-8, 2021.
These are the first-in-human data of CDX-527, the first candidate developed from Celldex’s bispecific platform which utilizes the Company’s proprietary highly active anti-PD-L1 and CD27 human antibodies to couple CD27 co-stimulation with blockade of the PD-L1/PD-1 pathway.
“We are encouraged by this emerging initial data where we have observed a good safety profile along with promising pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic activity, which are important key hurdles for the development of bispecific antibodies,” said Tibor Keler, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Celldex Therapeutics. “While we are still early in the dose escalation phase, we are excited to advance into higher dose cohorts and evaluate the data further as the study progresses. We believe this preliminary data provides further validation of our preclinical studies and demonstrates the potential of our bispecific platform to produce next generation candidates.”
Summary of preliminary data from ongoing Phase 1 Trial of CDX-527:
As of the data cut-off on April 16, 2021, 11 patients were enrolled in the first 5 dose escalation cohorts, 0.03 mg/kg through 3 mg/kg.
CDX-527 was well tolerated, with no dose-limiting toxicities or treatment related serious adverse events observed.
Pharmacokinetics and receptor occupancy demonstrate good exposure starting at the 1 mg/kg dose and no evidence of significant anti-drug antibodies impact.
Pharmacodynamic parameters demonstrate biological activity consistent with immune activation including: transient increase in pro inflammatory cytokines/chemokines, upregulation of activation marker on T cells and particularly NK cells and a decrease in regulatory T cells.
Patients continue to be enrolled in the dose escalation phase of the trial.
The Phase 1 study is an open label dose-escalation and expansion study (0.03 mg/kg to 10 mg/mg) in 40 patients with advanced or metastatic solid tumors that have progressed during or after standard of care therapy. The study is designed to determine an MTD during the dose-escalation phase and to recommend a dose level for further study in a subsequent expansion phase. The expansion is designed to further evaluate the tolerability, and biologic and anti-tumor effects of selected dose level(s) in specific tumor types. For additional information on this trial (NCT04440943), please visit www.clinicaltrials.gov.
Celldex expects to report additional safety, PK, PD and clinical activity data from this study during 2022.
The poster presented at ASCO can be viewed on the “Publications” page of the “Science” section of the Celldex website.
Celldex’s deep antibody experience and in-house manufacturing capabilities support efficient development of bispecific antibody targets. Targets are selected based on new science as well as their compatibility to be used in bispecific antibody formats with existing Celldex antibody programs. CDX-527, which combines CD27 activation and PD-1 blockade, was the first candidate to enter the clinic from the platform and is currently enrolling patients in a Phase 1 dose escalation study. Celldex is also exploring important targets controlling inflammation and auto-immune pathways.
About Celldex Therapeutics, Inc.
Celldex is a clinical stage biotechnology company dedicated to developing monoclonal and bispecific antibodies that address devastating diseases for which available treatments are inadequate. Our pipeline includes antibody-based therapeutics which have the ability to engage the human immune system and/or directly affect critical pathways to improve the lives of patients with inflammatory diseases and many forms of cancer. Visit www.celldex.com.
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