MADISON, Wis., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Cellectar, Inc., a privately held radiopharmaceutical company that designs and develops products to detect, treat and monitor human cancers, today announced that enrollment for its Phase I dosimetry trial for its lead drug candidate, (131)I-CLR1404 has been completed. Results of this trial will be used to set the starting dose in a follow-on Phase I dose escalation study planned for later this year. Institutions that participated in the trial include City of Hope, Duke University Medical Center, Georgetown University/Lombardi Cancer Center, and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Lead investigator Joanne Mortimer, MD, Vice Chair of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research, City of Hope, said, "This drug candidate has the potential to treat many tumor types, including some of the most challenging. The results of this initial study will provide a better understanding of the full potential of (131)I-CLR1404 and, enable us to move forward toward determining an appropriate therapeutic dose for patients."
Cellectar's (131)I-CLR1404 is a small-molecule, phospholipid ether analog that combines lipid-like properties with a cancer therapeutic beta-emitting radioisotope. Cellectar believes that this compound will benefit individuals with cancer due to its selective retention and accumulation in malignant cells versus nonmalignant cells. Preclinical animal studies demonstrated that (131)I-CLR1404 significantly slowed the growth of malignant solid tumors and resulted in improved survival.