OSLO, Norway, May 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Nordic Nanovector ASA (OSE: NANO) announces that following a safety review of the first patients in the ongoing Archer-1 (LYMRIT 37-07) trial investigating Betalutin® (177Lu-satetraxetan-lilotomab) in combination with rituximab (RTX) in second-line follicular lymphoma (2L FL), the Betalutin® dose has been escalated to 15 MBq/kg for the next cohort of patients.
Archer-1 is a Phase 1b open-label, single-arm, multi-centre dose-escalation trial to assess the safety and preliminary activity of combining CD37-targeted Betalutin® with CD20-targeted RTX in 20-25 patients with relapsed/refractory FL who have received one or more prior therapies. Starting doses of Betalutin® and lilotomab are 10MBq/kg and 40mg, respectively, with the option for dose escalation.
Following Betalutin® dosing, patients will receive 375 mg/m2 RTX once per week for four weeks. The primary endpoint is safety, and secondary endpoints include overall response rate, duration of response, progression free survival and overall survival. Data read-out is expected during the second half of 2020.
Lisa Rojkjaer, Chief Medical Officer of Nordic Nanovector, commented: "We are pleased to be moving ahead with the next group of patients in the study, which will enable us to recommend a dose for further evaluation of safety and preliminary efficacy in additional patients."
Rituximab is a CD20-targeting monoclonal antibody that is administered to patients with newly-diagnosed or relapsed FL as a single agent or in combination with chemotherapy. Over time, patients may develop resistance to RTX, thus alternative targets and new treatments are important. The combination of anti-CD37 and anti-CD20 modalities could therefore represent a novel dual immunotherapy approach for the treatment of 2L FL patients, and potentially avoid or delay the use of chemotherapy.
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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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