Cellectar Biosciences (CLRB) Taps INC Research (INCR) to Oversee CLR Phase 2 in Multiple Myeloma, Select Hematologic Malignancies

November 15, 2016 10:06 AM EST
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Cellectar Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: CLRB) announced it has selected INC Research (Nasdaq: INCR), a leading global Phase I to IV contract research organization, to oversee its NCI-supported Phase II clinical trial of CLR 131 in patients with multiple myeloma and select hematologic malignancies. The company anticipates that its $2M NCI grant will cover approximately 50 percent of the study’s cost, and the terms of the grant allow Cellectar to pursue an additional $3M for a pivotal Phase III trial of the company’s lead radiotherapeutic compound.

Cellectar plans to leverage the results of its 80-patient, Phase II study to optimally design its pivotal trial of CLR 131 in multiple myeloma and other hematologic malignancies. The multi-armed study will include relapse/refractory patients with multiple myeloma (MM), chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL), lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma (LPL), marginal zone lymphoma (MZL), mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), and potentially diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), who have been treated with standard therapy for their underlying malignancies. The company recently accelerated its guidance and announced plans to initiate the trial during the first quarter of 2017.

“INC Research has outstanding experience in cancer clinical research and a strong reputation within the hematology community. With strong investigator relationships, proven operational expertise and a commitment to high-quality data, they are the ideal partner for this important trial,” said Jim Caruso, president and CEO of Cellectar. “Given the accelerated initiation of our Phase II study to the first quarter of 2017 and that we will utilize as many as 15 participating sites, we can confidently plan on providing initial efficacy data in the second half of 2017.”

About CLR 131

CLR 131 is an investigational compound under development for a range of hematologic malignancies. It is currently being evaluated in a Phase I clinical trial in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma. The company plans to initiate a Phase II clinical study to assess efficacy in a range of B-cell malignancies in the first quarter of 2017. Based upon preclinical and interim Phase I study data, treatment with CLR 131 provides a novel approach to treating hematological diseases and may provide patients with therapeutic benefits, including overall response rate (ORR), an improvement in progression-free survival (PFS) and overall quality of life. CLR 131 utilizes the company’s patented PDC tumor targeting delivery platform to deliver a cytotoxic radioisotope, iodine-131 directly to tumor cells. The FDA has granted Cellectar an orphan drug designation for CLR 131 in the treatment of multiple myeloma.

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