Nordic Nanovector’s Betalutin® Receives Positive Opinion for Orphan Drug Designation from EMA for Marginal Zone Lymphoma (MZL)
Oslo, Norway, 14 May 2020
Nordic Nanovector ASA (OSE: NANO) today announces that Betalutin® (177Lu lilotomab satetraxetan) has received a positive opinion from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on the application for orphan drug designation for the treatment of marginal zone lymphoma (MZL). The positive opinion is expected to be adopted by the European Commission shortly.
In the LYMRIT 37-01 Phase 1/2a trial, Betalutin® showed a highly encouraging 78% overall response rate (ORR) and 44% complete response (CR) in the MZL patient group (n=9) – the highest response rates of any patient sub-population in this study. This followed a once-only administration of Betalutin® in this heavily pre-treated group of patients with advanced disease.
MZL is a form of indolent (slow-growing) B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) that accounts for approximately eight percent of all NHL cases. EMA orphan designation is designed to encourage the development of new treatments for life-threatening or chronically debilitating conditions that are rare (affecting not more than five in 10,000 people in the European Union). Medicines that meet the EMA’s orphan designation criteria qualify for several incentives to help support advancement.
Betalutin® received Orphan Drug Designation for the treatment of follicular lymphoma in the US and Europe in 2014.
Lars Nieba, Interim Chief Executive Officer, commented “We are very pleased to receive a positive opinion on Orphan Drug Designation in the European Union for Betalutin® in MZL. There is a clear need for new therapeutic options for MZL patients who no longer respond to anti-CD20 immunotherapy (rituximab), the current backbone of treatment in first and second-line patients. We look forward to receiving the final decision by the European Commission in the coming weeks."
For further information, please contact:
Malene Brondberg, CFO
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Mark Swallow/Frazer Hall/David Dible (Citigate Dewe Rogerson)
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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 antibody-radionuclide-conjugate 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 retains global marketing rights to Betalutin® and intends to actively participate in the commercialisation of Betalutin® in the US and other major markets.Further information can be found at www.nordicnanovector.com.
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