Sacituzumab Govitecan (IMMU-132)

Sacituzumab Govitecan (IMMU-132)


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.

Sacituzumab govitecan is an ADC that contains SN-38, the active metabolite of irinotecan, approved by many Health Authorities including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a chemotherapeutic for patients with cancer. SN-38 cannot be given directly to patients because of its toxicity and poor solubility. Sacituzumab govitecan was created at Immunomedics by conjugating SN-38 site-specifically and at a high ratio of drug to hRS7, our anti-TROP-2 antibody.

TROP-2 is a cell-surface receptor while over-expressed by many human tumors, including cancers of the breast, colon and lung, has limited expression in normal human tissues. hRS7 internalizes into cancer cells following binding to TROP-2, making it a suitable candidate for the delivery of cytotoxic drugs.

Sacituzumab govitecan has received Breakthrough Therapy designation from the FDA for the treatment of patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) who have failed prior therapies for metastatic disease. The regulatory agency has also granted this ADC Fast Track designation for patients with TNBC, and for patients with small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) or non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Fast Track designation is designed to expedite the development and review of applications for products intended for the treatment of a serious or life-threatening disease or condition. This ADC has also been designated an orphan drug by the FDA for the treatment of patients with SCLC or pancreatic cancer in the U.S. and by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the treatment of patients with pancreatic cancer in the European Union.

Clinical Studies

Solid Cancers

Sacituzumab govitecan is currently being evaluated in a multicenter Phase 2 study in patients with solid cancers. Please refer to the Company Presentation for updated results from this multicenter study.


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