UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

 

FORM 8-K

 

 

  

CURRENT REPORT

 

PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Date of Report: June 7, 2018 

(Date of earliest event reported)

 

CELLECTAR BIOSCIENCES, INC. 

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   1-36598   04-3321804

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification Number)

  

3301 Agriculture Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53716 

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(608) 441-8120

(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

 

 

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ITEM 7.01  REGULATION FD DISCLOSURE

 

On June 7, 2018, we issued a press release announcing that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted patent application number 15/099,977 titled, “Ether and Alkyl Phospholipid Compounds for Treating Cancer and Imaging Detection of Cancer Stem Cells.” A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.

 

 

ITEM 9.01 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS

 

(d) Exhibits

 

Number   Title
99.1   Press release dated June 7, 2018, titled “Cellectar Granted U.S. Patent for the Treatment of Various Cancers and Cancer Stem Cells with CLR 131”

 

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SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

  

Dated:  June 7, 2018   CELLECTAR BIOSCIENCES, INC.
       
       
  By:   /s/ Brian M. Posner
    Name:   Brian M. Posner
    Title:   Chief Financial Officer

 

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Exhibit 99.1

 

Cellectar Granted U.S. Patent for the Treatment of Various Cancers and Cancer Stem Cells with CLR 131

 

MADISON, Wis. (June 7, 2018) – Cellectar Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: CLRB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of targeted treatments for cancer, announces that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted patent application number 15/099,977 titled, “Ether and Alkyl Phospholipid Compounds for Treating Cancer and Imaging Detection of Cancer Stem Cells.” This new patent enhances the coverage for the use of CLR 131 as a treatment for multiple cancers including gliomas, lung cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, renal cancer, melanoma, colorectal cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and pancreatic cancer including cancer stem cells.

 

“This patent expands protection for our PDC compounds across a number of significant cancers and importantly cancer stem cells. The ability of our PDC pipeline products, including CLR 131, to target both cancer cells and cancer stem cells for difficult to treat tumors could provide improved therapeutic benefits,” stated Jim Caruso, chief executive officer of Cellectar Biosciences. “The patent also provides further coverage for CLR 131’s use in underserved pediatric diseases such as glioma, an indication that we plan to advance into the clinic in the second half of this year.”

 

About Phospholipid Drug Conjugates™

Cellectar's product candidates are built upon a patented delivery and retention platform that utilizes optimized PDCs to target cancer cells. The PDC platform selectively delivers diverse oncologic payloads to cancerous cells and cancer stem cells, including hematologic cancers and solid tumors. This selective delivery allows the payloads’ therapeutic window to be modified, which may maintain or enhance drug potency while reducing the number and severity of adverse events. This platform takes advantage of a metabolic pathway utilized by all tumor cell types in all cell cycle stages. Compared with other targeted delivery platforms, the PDC platform’s mechanism of entry does not rely upon specific cell surface epitopes or antigens. In addition, PDCs can be conjugated to molecules in numerous ways, thereby increasing the types of molecules selectively delivered. Cellectar believes the PDC platform holds potential for the discovery and development of the next generation of cancer-targeting agents.

 

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.

 

 

 

  

About Cellectar Biosciences, Inc.

Cellectar Biosciences is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of drugs for the treatment of cancer. The company plans to develop proprietary drugs independently and through research and development (R&D) collaborations. The core drug development strategy is to leverage our PDC platform to develop therapeutics that specifically target treatment to cancer cells. Through R&D collaborations, the company’s strategy is to generate near-term capital, supplement internal resources, gain access to novel molecules or payloads, accelerate product candidate development and broaden our proprietary and partnered product pipelines.

 

The company's lead PDC therapeutic, CLR 131, is in a Phase 1 clinical study in patients with relapsed or refractory (R/R) MM and a Phase 2 clinical study in R/R MM and a range of B-cell malignancies. In the second half of 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 product pipeline also includes two preclinical PDC chemotherapeutic programs (CLR 1700 and 1900) and partnered assets include PDCs from multiple R&D collaborations.

 

For more information please visit www.cellectar.com.

 

Forward-Looking Statement Disclaimer

This news release contains forward-looking statements. You can identify these statements by our use of words such as "may," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "could," "estimate," "continue," "plans," or their negatives or cognates. These statements are only estimates and predictions and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual future experience and results to differ materially from the statements made. These statements are based on our current beliefs and expectations as to such future outcomes. Drug discovery and development involve a high degree of risk. Factors that might cause such a material difference include, among others, uncertainties related to the ability to raise additional capital, uncertainties related to the ability to attract and retain partners for our technologies, the identification of lead compounds, the successful preclinical development thereof, the completion of clinical trials, the FDA review process and other government regulation, the volatile market for priority review vouchers, our pharmaceutical collaborators' ability to successfully develop and commercialize drug candidates, competition from other pharmaceutical companies, product pricing and third-party reimbursement. A complete description of risks and uncertainties related to our business is contained in our periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission including our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and we disclaim any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.

 

CONTACT: 
LHA Investor Relations

Miriam Weber Miller

212-838-3777

mmiller@lhai.com

 

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