GT Biopharma Announces GTB-3550 TriKE(TM) Phase I/II Clinical Trial Update
BEVERLY HILLS, CA / ACCESSWIRE / September 22, 2020 / GT Biopharma, Inc. (OTCQB:GTBP)(GTBP.PA) an immuno-oncology company focused on innovative therapies based on the Company's proprietary NK cell engager (TriKE™) technology announced today it completed treatment of the first patient enrolled at Dose Level 3 in its GTB-3550 TriKE™ Phase I/II clinical trial.
The first patient treated with GTB-3550 at a 25mcg/kg/day dose showed a decrease in AML blast levels from 18% to 12% in the bone marrow. Additionally, we observed an increase in the patient's NK cell activity and numbers attributable to the IL-15 component of the TriKE™ molecule with no appreciable increase of a hyper-active T-cell population which could have resulted in cytokine release syndrome (CRS) or other T-cell associated toxicities. The patient experienced no adverse reactions including no constitutional symptoms such as fever, tachycardia, or chills. We also observed improvement in marrow cellularity, a decrease in AML blast levels, and improving platelet and red blood cells numbers. The patient will be retreated with an additional round of GTB-3550 therapy at the 25mcg/kg/day dose.
The open-label, dose-escalation Phase I portion of the trial will evaluate GTB-3550 in patients with CD33-expressing, high risk myelodysplastic syndromes, refractory/relapsed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) or advanced systemic mastocytosis, and will determine safety and tolerability as well as the pharmacologically active dose and maximum tolerated dose of GTB-3550. The Phase II portion of the trial is planned to further evaluate the efficacy of GTB-3550 in this patient population.
Mr. Anthony Cataldo, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GT Biopharma commented "we are pleased to see a reduction in AML blast levels at a dose of 25mcg/kg/day of GTB-3550." Mr. Cataldo further stated "we hope to see the continued absence of toxicity, and see additional signals of efficacy as we continue to dose escalate GTB-3550."
About GT Biopharma, Inc.
GT Biopharma, Inc. is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of immuno-oncology and infectious disease therapeutic products based our proprietary Tri-specific Killer Engager (TriKE™) platform. Our TriKE™ platform is designed to harness and enhance the cancer cell and virus infected cell killing using the patient's immune system NK cells. GT Biopharma has an exclusive worldwide license agreement with the University of Minnesota to further develop and commercialize therapies using proprietary TriKE™ technology developed by researchers at the university to target NK cells.
About GTB-3550 TriKE™ FDA Clinical Trial
GTB-3550 is the Company's first TriKE™ product candidate being initially developed for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). GTB-3550 is a tri-specific recombinant fusion protein conjugate composed of the variable regions of the heavy and light chains of anti-CD16 and anti-CD33 antibodies and a modified form of IL-15. The NK cell stimulating cytokine human IL-15 portion of the molecule provides a self-sustaining signal that activates NK cells and enhances their ability to kill. We are presently evaluating GTB-3550 in a Phase I/II clinical trial (ClinicalTrials.gov NCT03214666) for the treatment of CD33 positive leukemias such as AML, myelodysplastic syndrome and other CD33+ hematopoietic malignancies.
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