KANSAS CITY, Kan., July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETX), a pet therapeutics company focused on licensing, developing and commercializing innovative biopharmaceutical products for cats, dogs and other companion animals, today announced that it has filed for a product license from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for AT-014, a novel her2/neu-directed cancer immunotherapy licensed exclusively from Advaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADXS) for the treatment of canine osteosarcoma and other cancers. While the USDA has no specific obligation to respond within a prescribed timeframe, Aratana anticipates that responses from the USDA to the filing will occur over the next 12 to 18 months.
Steven St. Peter, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Aratana Therapeutics, stated, "Aratana has established a robust, late-stage pipeline of novel therapeutic candidates for treating canine cancers through the strategic acquisition and licensing of high quality immune-oncology assets. Each of our canine-specific monoclonal antibodies for treating T- and B-cell lymphoma has received a conditional license from the USDA, and we are pleased to continue this track record of innovation with the advancement of AT-014 toward this important regulatory milestone. Our goal is to develop products which allow veterinarians to better manage the care of their canine patients suffering from these common cancers."
AT-014 was developed by Advaxis for the treatment of her2-overexpressing cancers. Preliminary findings from an ongoing clinical study of AT-014 in client-owned dogs with osteosarcoma were presented in July at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Forum by clinical investigator Nicola Mason, BVetMed, PhD, DACVIM, of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. The preliminary data suggest that AT-014 is safe and well tolerated, and may be able to delay or prevent metastatic disease and prolong overall survival in dogs with osteosarcoma that had minimal residual disease following standard of care amputation and chemotherapy. Currently, immunological analysis is underway for this study, and Dr. Mason is conducting a second study evaluating combination therapy with AT-014 immunotherapy and radiation for dogs with primary osteosarcoma that cannot undergo amputation.
About Canine Osteosarcoma
Osteosarcoma is the most common primary bone tumor in dogs, accounting for roughly 85% of tumors on the canine skeleton. Approximately 8,000-20,000 dogs a year (predominantly middle to older-aged dogs and larger breeds) are diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the United States. This cancer initially presents as lameness and, oftentimes, visible swelling on the leg. Current standard of care treatment is amputation immediately after diagnosis, followed by chemotherapy and sometimes radiation. Invariably, the cancer metastasizes to the lungs, eventually leading to death.
About Aratana Therapeutics, Inc.
Aratana Therapeutics is a pet therapeutics company focused on licensing, developing and commercializing innovative biopharmaceutical products for cats, dogs and other companion animals. Aratana believes that it can leverage the investment in the human biopharmaceutical industry to bring therapeutics to pets in a capital and time efficient manner. The company's pipeline includes more than fifteen therapeutic candidates targeting pain, inappetence, cancer, viral diseases, allergy and other serious medical conditions. Aratana believes the development and commercialization of these therapeutics will permit veterinarians and pet owners to manage pets' medical needs safely and effectively, resulting in longer and improved quality of life for pets. For more information, please visit www.aratana.com.
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