Data showed durable clinical responses, including a 33% overall response rate (ORR) and 16.6% complete response (CR)
FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Sept. 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cellectar Biosciences, Inc. (CLRB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of drugs for the treatment of cancer, today announced Jarrod Longcor, chief business officer of Cellectar, presented data from the diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) cohort in the company’s Phase 2 CLOVER-1 study of CLR 131 in relapsed or refractory select B-cell malignancies at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress 2019 being held from September 27 – October 1, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.
The oral presentation, entitled: “Interim Evaluation of a Targeted Radiotherapeutic, CLR 131, in Relapsed/Refractory Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma Patients (R/R DLBCL),” featured data from 6 subjects who received a single 30-minute intravenous (IV) dose of 25mCi/m2 of CLR 131. Data showed durable responses, including a 33% overall response rate (ORR), a 16.6% complete response rate (CR) and a 50% clinical benefit rate (CBR). All patients enrolled in the study received an average of 3 prior lines of systemic therapy, 5 of 6 patients were refractory to at least one prior line of therapy. Importantly, CLR 131 showed activity against both germinal center and activated DLBCL. In a patient for whom cytogenetics was available, CLR 131 showed activity against c-Myc and BCL-2 mutation (single & dual-hit) positive patients. As required by the Lugano Criteria for Response, the patient who experienced a CR had a total reduction in tumor volume of greater than 99% and continues to be a CR at 510+ days post dosing. This patient was refractory to two prior treatment lines, which included the combination regimen RICE.
Analysis of dosing showed that the disease control rate and progression free survival were markedly improved in patients receiving a dosing ratio of 1.2% or greater (drug to tumor volume) versus those receiving below a 1.2% dosing ratio. Finally, the most frequent adverse events (AE) in DLBCL patients were consistent with prior studies of CLR 131; the majority of AEs being hematologic in nature and predominately Grades 1 and 2.
“The data presented show an encouraging overall response rate including a complete response at the time of the interim assessment after a single 30-minute IV dose of 25mCi/m2 of CLR 131. We remain optimistic that CLR 131 has the potential to provide a meaningful treatment option for a variety of lymphoma patients and look forward to reporting additional data from this Phase 2 CLOVER-1 study in 2019,” said James Caruso, president and CEO of Cellectar. “The study remains ongoing and, based on this cohort and additional data from an ongoing dose escalation Phase 1 study, patients in the Phase 2 CLOVER-1 study are now receiving a higher 37.50 mCi/m2 fractionated dose administered in two 30-minute infusions of 18.75mCi/m2.”
About the Phase 2 CLOVER-1 Trial
CLOVER-1 is a Phase 2 study of CLR 131 being conducted in approximately 10 leading cancer centers in the United States in patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell hematologic cancers. The hematologic cancers being studied in the trial include multiple myeloma (MM), chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL), lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma (LPL), marginal zone lymphoma (MZL), mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL).
The study will enroll up to 80 patients. Its primary endpoint is clinical benefit response (CBR), with additional endpoints of overall response rate (ORR), progression free survival (PFS), median overall survival (OS) and other markers of efficacy following a fractionated dose of 37.575mCi/m2 of CLR 131 administered in two 30-minute infusions of 18.75mCi/m2 of CLR 131 administered on day 1 and day 8, with the option for a second dose cycle approximately 75-180 days later. The company expects to report topline data in 2019.
Cellectar was awarded approximately $2 million in non-dilutive grant funding from the National Cancer Institute to help fund the trial. More information about the trial, including eligibility requirements, can be found at www.clinicaltrials.gov, reference NCT02952508.
About CLR 131
CLR 131 is a small-molecule, cancer-targeting radiotherapeutic Phospholipid Drug ConjugateTM (PDC) designed to deliver cytotoxic radiation directly and selectively to cancer cells and cancer stem cells. CLR 131 is the company’s lead therapeutic PDC product candidate and is currently being evaluated in both Phase 2 and Phase 1 clinical studies. The FDA granted orphan drug designation for CLR 131 for the treatment of multiple myeloma as well as orphan drug and rare pediatric disease designations for CLR 131 for the treatment of neuroblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, Ewing’s sarcoma and osteosarcoma. In addition to the ongoing Phase 1 dose-escalation study and the Phase 2 (CLOVER-1) trial, the company recently initiated a Phase 1 open-label, dose-escalating study in pediatric solid tumors and lymphoma to evaluate the safety and tolerability of a single intravenous administration of CLR 131 in up to 30 children and adolescents with cancers including neuroblastoma, sarcomas, lymphomas (including Hodgkin’s lymphoma) and malignant brain tumors.
About Cellectar Biosciences, Inc.
Cellectar Biosciences is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of drugs for the treatment of cancer. The company is developing proprietary drugs independently and through research and development (R&D) collaborations. The company’s core objective is to leverage its proprietary Phospholipid Drug ConjugateTM (PDC) delivery platform to develop PDCs that specifically target cancer cells, delivering improved efficacy and better safety as a result of fewer off-target effects. The company’s PDC platform possesses the potential for the discovery and development of the next-generation of cancer-targeting treatments, and it plans to develop PDCs independently and through research and development collaborations.
The company’s lead PDC therapeutic, CLR 131, is currently in three clinical studies – a Phase 2 study, and two Phase 1 studies. The Phase 2 clinical study (CLOVER-1) is in relapsed/refractory (R/R) B-cell malignancies, including multiple myeloma (MM), chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL), lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma (LPL), marginal zone lymphoma (MZL), mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). The company is also conducting a Phase 1 dose escalation study in patients with R/R multiple myeloma (MM) and a Phase 1 study in pediatric solid tumors and lymphoma.
The company’s product pipeline also includes one preclinical PDC chemotherapeutic program (CLR 1900) and several partnered PDC assets.
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