SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:FPRX), a biotechnology company discovering and developing innovative immuno-oncology protein therapeutics, today announced the December 2017 submission of an Investigational New Drug (IND) application for FPA150, a first-in-class immuno-oncology antibody that targets B7-H4. Five Prime discovered FPA150 using the company’s protein therapeutics platform and anticipates initiating a Phase 1 trial of FPA150 during the first half of 2018.
FPA150 is a high affinity, afucosylated monoclonal antibody designed with a dual mechanism of action: blocking a T cell checkpoint pathway and delivering enhanced antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) against tumor cells expressing B7-H4. B7-H4 expression is seen in tumor types such as breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer, and has been correlated with poor prognosis in some studies. Non-clinical data of FPA150 featured in an oral poster presentation at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2017 Congress described potent ADCC and T cell checkpoint blockade activity in vitro and significant dose-dependent anti-tumor efficacy in vivo.
"We are excited to expand our clinical pipeline with the addition of FPA150, which offers a differentiated approach to existing immunotherapies," said Bryan Irving, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Research at Five Prime. "B7-H4 represents a T cell checkpoint ligand that is not currently targeted by other immuno-oncology agents and is also expressed in several solid tumor types not typically associated with elevated PD-L1 expression.”
Five Prime designed the planned Phase 1 trial with a standard 3+3 dose escalation phase in patients with solid tumors, followed by dose expansion in pre-specified cohorts in tumor types based on B7-H4 expression levels. The initial targeted tumors are advanced or metastatic breast, ovarian, endometrial and urothelial carcinomas. Phase 1a dose escalation endpoints include identification of a maximum tolerated dose (MTD), safety, and pharmacokinetics (PK) of FPA150. Phase 1b dose expansion endpoints include objective response rate, as well as safety and PK.
FPA150 is a novel, high affinity, afucosylated monoclonal antibody discovered by Five Prime with its protein therapeutics platform. FPA150 is designed with a dual mechanism of action: blocking a T cell checkpoint pathway and delivering enhanced antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity against tumor cells expressing B7-H4. B7-H4 expression is seen in tumor types such as breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer, and has been correlated with poor prognosis in some studies. Five Prime anticipates initiating Phase 1 development of FPA150 during the first half of 2018.
About Five Prime
Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc. discovers and develops innovative therapeutics to improve the lives of patients with serious diseases. Five Prime's comprehensive discovery platform, which encompasses virtually every medically relevant extracellular protein, positions it to explore pathways in cancer, inflammation and their intersection in immuno-oncology, an area with significant therapeutic potential and the focus of the company's R&D activities. Five Prime has entered into strategic collaborations with leading global pharmaceutical companies and has promising product candidates in clinical and late preclinical development. For more information, please visit www.fiveprime.com.
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