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Preclinical Data Highlighting Uptake and Enhanced Anti-Tumor Effects of Cellectar’s CLR 131 in Head and Neck Cancer Presented at AACR Annual Meeting
The purpose of the study was to evaluate the anti-tumor effect of CLR 131 in combination with external beam radiation (XRT). The results demonstrated uptake of CLR 131 across multiple head and neck cancer (HNC) cell lines and xenograft models, and synergistic anti-tumor effects when CLR 131 was combined with XRT. The combination of CLR 131 and fractionated XRT showed enhanced tumor growth inhibition compared with single modality treatment in the 6 HNC xenograft models. Importantly, the findings suggest potential efficacy using CLR 131 combined with reduced-dose XRT in HNC patients. High-dose XRT while effective for localized disease, produces significant co-morbidities for patients, especially those suffering from diffuse disease. The potential to reduce the XRT dose may also result in decreased toxicity to normal tissue, a common side effect of high-dose XRT.
As a key milestone of their Head and Neck SPORE Grant (NIH P50 DE026787), the
“As we continue both preclinical and clinical evaluation of our lead cancer targeting compound CLR 131, our potential to meaningfully impact a broad range of cancers continues to grow,” said
About CLR 131
CLR 131 is Cellectar’s investigational radioiodinated PDC therapy that exploits the tumor-targeting properties of the company's proprietary phospholipid ether (PLE) and PLE analogs to selectively deliver radiation to malignant tumor cells, thus minimizing radiation exposure to normal tissues. CLR 131, is in a Phase 2 clinical study in relapsed or refractory (R/R) MM and a range of B-cell malignancies and a Phase 1 clinical study in patients with (R/R) MM exploring fractionated dosing . In 2018 the company plans to initiate a Phase 1 study with CLR 131 in pediatric solid tumors and lymphoma, and a second Phase 1 study in combination with external beam radiation for head and neck cancer.
The company's lead PDC therapeutic is CLR 131. The product pipeline also includes two preclinical PDC chemotherapeutic programs (CLR 1700 and 1900) and partnered assets include PDCs from multiple R&D collaborations.
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