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MorphoSys and Xencor Report Clinical Data for MOR208/XmAb5574. Processed
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Phase 1/2a Trial in CLL/SLL Patients Met Primary and Secondary Objectives
MorphoSys AG (FSE: MOR; Prime Standard Segment, TecDAX) and US-based
Inc. today announced the online publication of first clinical data on the
anti-CD19 antibody MOR208 (MOR00208/XmAb5574) in the American Society of
Annual Meeting Abstracts issue of the peer-reviewed medical journal Blood.
MOR208 showed encouraging signs of preliminary anti-tumor activity and an
acceptable safety and tolerability profile in patients with high-risk,
pretreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma
(SLL). The data support further development of the compound. Based on these
results, MorphoSys plans to commence phase 2 studies of MOR208 in B-cell
malignancies in the near future.
"We are very pleased with the data which justify advancing into
development in B-cell malignancies," commented Dr. Arndt Schottelius,
Development Officer of MorphoSys AG. "Given that the participants in the
had received a median of four prior therapies, the overall response rate
observed is very encouraging. In addition, the favorable toxicity profile
potentially allow combinations with other active agents. The results
phase 1/2a study show us that we are on the right track with our most
proprietary compound in cancer."
The phase 1/2a trial was designed to assess the drug's safety,
pharmacokinetic profile and preliminary anti-tumor activity. MOR208
administered as an intravenous infusion on days 1, 4, 8, 15, and 22 of
and on days 1, 8, 15, and 22 of cycle 2. Dose levels tested ranged from
12 mg/kg. Among the 27 evaluable patients, three partial responses were
at the 6, 9, and 12 mg/kg dose levels. In addition, 22 patients
stable disease and only two patients progressed at the 8 week evaluation
Clinical responses were assessed according to International Working Group
(IWCLL) 2008 and 1996 Guidelines. Overall response rate by IWCLL 2008
was 11% which utilizes more rigorous CT scan reduction of internal lymph
not previously required in older historic studies. Using IWCLL 1996
criteria resulted in a response rate of 42%. The most common adverse events
mild to moderate infusion reactions usually with the first dose.
Treatment-related adverse events classified as grade 3 or higher occurred
in 5 out of 27
patients. Only one dose-limiting toxicity was observed in 16 patients
the 12 mg/kg dose level and the trial protocol was amended to include a
of extended dosing with a total of 8 patients at this dose.
"MOR208 was safe and well-tolerated in this first-in-human study, and
promise as an novel immunotherapy for B-cell malignancies",
principal investigator of the study John C. Byrd, MD, Professor and D
Brown Chair of Leukemia Research at The James Cancer Hospital and
Research Institute. "We are really looking forward to incorporating
together with other active immune and targeted therapies used for CLL
Final phase 1/2a data will be presented at the 2012 American
Hematology (ASH) annual meeting from December 8-11, 2012 in Atlanta.
"MOR208 is now well positioned to advance in development into additional
malignancies," said Bassil Dahiyat, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of
"The combination of tolerability and anti-tumor activity add to the growing
of clinical data on our XmAb(®) technology for enhancing antibody
In June 2010, MorphoSys AG and Xencor signed a worldwide exclusive
collaboration agreement. The agreement provided MorphoSys with an
worldwide license to MOR208 for the treatment of cancer and other
Using Xencor's XmAb(®) Fc enhancement technology, MOR208 has been
possess significantly enhanced antibody-dependent cell-mediated
(ADCC), thus improving a key mechanism for tumor cell killing and
potential for enhanced efficacy compared to traditional antibodies
treatment of cancer. MorphoSys will be solely responsible for further
development after successful completion of the phase 1/2a clinical
MorphoSys plans to initiate additional clinical trials for MOR208 in
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) by
The full abstract is available
MorphoSys developed HuCAL, the most successful antibody library technology
the pharmaceutical industry. By successfully applying this and other
technologies, MorphoSys has become a leader in the field of therapeutic
antibodies, one of the fastest-growing drug classes in human healthcare.
company's AbD Serotec unit uses HuCAL and other antibody technologies to
generate superior monoclonal antibodies for research and diagnostic
Together with its pharmaceutical partners, MorphoSys has built a
pipeline of more than 70 human antibody drug candidates for the treatment
cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer's disease, to name just a few.
its ongoing commitment to new antibody technology and drug development,
MorphoSys is focused on making the healthcare products of tomorrow.
listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol MOR. For regular
about MorphoSys, visit http://www.morphosys.com
About Xencor, Inc.
Xencor, Inc. engineers superior biotherapeutics using its proprietary
Design Automation(®) technology platform, and is a leader in the field
antibody engineering to significantly improve antibody half-life,
immune-regulatory function and potency. The company is advancing multiple
antibody drug candidates in the clinic, including XmAb(®)5871
and CD19 for autoimmune diseases, and an anti-CD30 candidate
XmAb(®)2513 for the
treatment of Hodgkin's lymphoma. Xencor is also advancing a portfolio of
biosuperior versions of blockbuster antibody drugs engineered for superior
half-life and dosing schedule. Xencor has entered into multiple
industry leaders such as Amgen, Pfizer, Centocor, MorphoSys, Boehringer
Ingelheim, CSL Ltd. and Human Genome Sciences. In these partnerships Xencor
applying its suite of proprietary antibody Fc domains to improve antibody
candidates for traits such as sustained
half-life and/or potency. More information is available at www.xencor.com
HuCAL(®), HuCAL GOLD(®), HuCAL PLATINUM(®),
CysDisplay(®), RapMAT(®), arYla(®)
and Ylanthia(®) and 100 billion high potentials(®) are
registered trademarks of
Slonomics(®) is a registered trademark of Sloning BioTechnology
subsidiary of MorphoSys AG.
XmAb(®) is a registered trademark of Xencor, Inc.
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MorphoSys group of companies. The forward-looking statements contained
represent the judgment of MorphoSys as of the date of this release and
risks and uncertainties. Should actual conditions differ from the
assumptions, actual results and actions may differ from those
MorphoSys does not intend to update any of these forward-looking
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