Nordic Nanovector completes patient enrolment into Phase 1 trial of Betalutin® in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL)
Oslo, Norway, 11 July 2019
Nordic Nanovector ASA (OSE: NANO) announces that the final patient has been enrolled in the LYMRIT 37-05 clinical trial of Betalutin® (177Lu-satetraxetan-lilotomab) in patients with relapsed/refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) not eligible for stem cell transplantation.
The LYMRIT 37-05 study is a Phase 1 open-label, single-arm, dose-escalation study designed to assess the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetic profile and preliminary anti-tumour activity of a single administration of Betalutin®. Patients were enrolled at clinical trial sites in the US and Europe. More information on this study can be found at www.clinicaltrials.gov (NCT02658968). Preliminary results are expected in the second half of 2019.
DLBCL is an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL) that accounts for up to 43% of all NHL cases, making it the most common form of the disease. Approximately 40% of DLBCL patients relapse after first-line combination treatment with rituximab and chemotherapy and only 30-40% of relapsed patients respond with subsequent high-dose chemotherapy followed by Stem Cell Transplantation (ref. 1 below). There are currently very few therapeutic options for patients not eligible for SCT, which makes relapsed DLBCL a serious unmet medical need. The number of diagnosed cases of DLBCL in the US and Europe in 2016 was 26,500 and 17,200, respectively. These numbers are expected to reach 31,500 (US) and 19,000 (Europe) by 2024 (ref. 2 below).
Lisa Rojkjaer, Chief Medical Officer at Nordic Nanovector, said: “We are delighted to have reached this important milestone and look forward to the preliminary results during the second half of the year. Planning is underway for an expansion cohort to further assess safety and efficacy in this challenging to treat patient population. We expect more patients to be enrolled when the best dose is selected from the first part of the study.”
1. L.S. Raut and P. P. Chakrabarti: Management of relapsed-refractory diffuse large B cell lymphoma (2014) South Asian J. Cancer 3(1): 66–70
2. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (2015) Decision Resources
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About Nordic Nanovector
Nordic Nanovector is committed to develop and deliver innovative therapies to patients to address major unmet medical needs and advance cancer care. The Company aspires to become a leader in the development of targeted therapies for haematological cancers.
Nordic Nanovector's lead clinical-stage candidate is Betalutin®, a novel CD37-targeting radioimmunotherapy designed to advance the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). NHL is an indication with substantial unmet medical need, representing a growing market forecast to be worth nearly USD 29 billion by 2026. Nordic Nanovector intends to retain marketing rights and to actively participate in the commercialisation of Betalutin® in core markets.
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