Labetuzumab Govitecan (IMMU-130)


The targeted delivery of drug by an antibody is an exciting approach in cancer treatment that has gained significant interest over the past few years. We believe our ADC programs differ from those of other companies, because we do not use supertoxic drugs, such as calicheamicin. Instead, we specifically look for moderately-toxic drugs, such as SN-38, which we attach at a much higher drug-to-antibody ratio than the ADCs using supertoxic drugs. We believe the use of a less-toxic drug, conjugated to the appropriate tumor-targeting antibody, will permit greater delivery of the drug over repeated cycles of therapy, thereby improving the therapeutic index, which is the ratio of efficacy to toxicity.

Our second investigational solid-tumor ADC involves our anti-CEACAM5 antibody, labetuzumab, conjugated to SN-38. The agent is currently being studied in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) who have received at least one prior irinotecan-containing regimen and had an elevated blood titer of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA). Several dosing schedules were evaluated in three Phase I studies. Labetuzumab govitecan showed therapeutic activity in all three trials, but a more frequent dosing schedule, with administrations of the ADC once or twice-weekly for two weeks followed by a week off, appeared to be more active in patients with mCRC than when administered every other week.

Clinical Studies

Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
In the current Phase 2 study, patients with metastatic colorectal cancer are being treated in three-week cycles, receiving IMMU-130 either once weekly or twice-weekly for the first two weeks followed by one week of rest. Please refer to the Company Presentation for updated results from this multicenter study.


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