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Promising results from Alligator Bioscience


Alligator Bioscience has announced results from a clinical phase I first-in-human study of the drug candidate ADC-1013 (JNJ-64457107), a human, monospecific, agonistic, IgG1 antibody targeting the co-stimulatory receptor CD40.

The study results show that ADC-1013 is generally well tolerated and support further clinical development of ADC-1013 as a mono- or combination therapy. The data will be presented in an oral and poster presentation at the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) 32nd Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland, US, on 10 and 11 November 2017.

“We are very excited about the continued progress and promising early data of ADC-1013”, said Per Norlén, CEO at Alligator Bioscience. “The data indicate that it is well tolerated at clinically relevant doses. There is clear evidence supporting activation of CD40 receptors, which together with the clinical observations give us increased confidence for the continued clinical development of ADC-1013.”

A total of 23 patients were treated with ADC-1013, either intratumorally or intravenously. Focus on this study was on intratumoral administration, with only five patients receiving ADC-1013 intravenously. Alligator’s partner Janssen Biotech, Inc., is currently performing a phase I dose-escalation study investigating intravenous administration of ADC-1013.

Adverse events throughout the study were primarily fatigue, pyrexia, nausea and vomiting, and were mostly CTCAE Grade 1 or 2 and transient. Intratumoral administration of ADC-1013 into superficial metastases was well tolerated at doses up to at least 400 μg/kg.  Two patients experienced dose limiting effects (grade 3 abdominal pain) at 400 μg/kg after injections into deeper (i.e. hepatic) lesions. Secondary outcome measures on tumor efficacy included a best overall response of stable disease for at least 12 months in one patient who received 400 µg/kg intratumorally into a superficial lesion with intraindividual dose escalation up to 900 µg/kg.


Photo of Per Norlén: Jenny Leyman