Actinium Announces Actimab-A Venetoclax First-in-Human Data Accepted for Poster Presentation at the 62nd American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting
NEW YORK, Nov. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE AMERICAN: ATNM) ("Actinium") today announced that data from the Phase 1 portion of the Actimab-A venetoclax Phase 1/2 combination trial, has been accepted for poster presentation at the 2020 American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting that is being held virtually December 5-8, 2020.
Dr. Mark Berger, Actinium's Chief Medical Officer, said, "We have great excitement for this Actimab-A venetoclax combination trial and its potential for both fit and unfit patients with R/R AML. This preliminary first-in-human data is encouraging, particularly the reported patient response after a single cycle of venetoclax with a subtherapeutic dose level of Actimab-A. These initial results support the potential mechanistic synergy of Actimab-A with venetoclax and we are pleased by the progression in the clinic to the next dose level as there were no dose limiting toxicities with this combination."
Dr. Dale Ludwig, Actinium's Chief Scientific and Technology Officer, stated, "We believe that the combination of low doses of Actimab-A with selected therapeutic modalities that together have potential mechanistic or complementary synergies is an approach that has great therapeutic potential. Therefore, it is exciting to see the hypothesized mechanistic synergy between Actimab-A and venetoclax, which we demonstrated in preclinical studies, now advancing in the clinic. Venetoclax as a single agent has produced low response rates in patients with R/R AML so we find it highly encouraging to see an initial response with a dose of Actimab-A that has shown to be subtherapeutic as a single agent. I am eager to see additional results from the first dose cohort as well as the second dose cohort to further support the therapeutic potential of Actimab-A in combination with venetoclax."
The complete abstracts are available on the ASH website (click here).
About Actinium's CD33 Program
Actinium's CD33 program is evaluating the clinical utility of Actimab-A, an ARC comprised of the anti-CD33 mAb lintuzumab linked to the potent alpha-emitting radioisotope Actinium-225 or Ac-225. CD33 is expressed in the majority of patients with AML and myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, as well as approximately one third of patients with multiple myeloma. The CD33 development program is driven by data obtained from well over one hundred treated patients, including results from a Phase 1/2 trial that was conducted in 58 patients with newly diagnosed AML, which was completed in 2018. This clinical data, as well as the Company's experience with Iomab-B, is shaping a two-pronged approach for the CD33 program, where at high doses the Company is exploring its use for targeted conditioning and at low doses the Company is exploring its use for therapeutic purposes as a single agent, or in combination with other modalities. There are currently multiple clinical trials ongoing studying Actimab-A including a Phase 1 combination trial with the salvage chemotherapy regimen CLAG-M, a Phase 1/2 trial in combination with venetoclax and its Actimab-MDS planned pivotal program for targeted conditioning with standard chemotherapy. In addition, Actinium is exploring additional combinations with Actimab-A and other potentially synergistic therapeutic modalities such as chemotherapy, targeted agents or immunotherapy.
About Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: ATNM)
Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing ARCs or Antibody Radiation-Conjugates, which combine the targeting ability of antibodies with the cell killing ability of radiation. Actinium's lead application for our ARCs is targeted conditioning, which is intended to selectively deplete a patient's disease or cancer cells and certain immune cells prior to a BMT or Bone Marrow Transplant, Gene Therapy or Adoptive Cell Therapy (ACT) such as CAR-T to enable engraftment of these transplanted cells with minimal toxicities. With our ARC approach, we seek to improve patient outcomes and access to these potentially curative treatments by eliminating or reducing the non-targeted chemotherapy that is used for conditioning in standard practice currently. Our lead product candidate, I-131 apamistamab (Iomab-B) is being studied in the ongoing pivotal Phase 3 Study of Iomab-B in Elderly Relapsed or Refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia (SIERRA) trial for BMT conditioning. The SIERRA trial is over seventy-five percent enrolled and positive single-agent, feasibility and safety data has been highlighted at ASH, TCT, ASCO and SOHO annual meetings. More information on this Phase 3 clinical trial can be found at sierratrial.com. I-131 apamistamab will also be studied as a targeted conditioning agent in a Phase 1 study with a CD19 CAR T-cell Therapy and Phase 1/2 anti-HIV stem cell gene therapy with UC Davis. In addition, we are developing a multi-disease, multi-target pipeline of clinical-stage ARCs targeting the antigens CD45 and CD33 for targeted conditioning and as a therapeutic either in combination with other therapeutic modalities or as a single agent for patients with a broad range of hematologic malignancies including acute myeloid leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome and multiple myeloma. Ongoing combination trials include our CD33 alpha ARC, Actimab-A, in combination with the salvage chemotherapy CLAG-M and the Bcl-2 targeted therapy venetoclax. Underpinning our clinical programs is our proprietary AWE (Antibody Warhead Enabling) technology platform. This is where our intellectual property portfolio of over 100 patents, know-how, collective research and expertise in the field are being leveraged to construct and study novel ARCs and ARC combinations to bolster our pipeline for strategic purposes. Our AWE technology platform is currently being utilized in a collaborative research partnership with Astellas Pharma, Inc. Website: https://www.actiniumpharma.com/
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