New Preclinical Data Suggest That Cellectar Biosciences’ PDC Platform Provides Enhanced Outcomes in Combination with External Radiation

MADISON, Wis., Oct. 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cellectar Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:CLRB) (the “company”), an oncology-focused, clinical stage biotechnology company, today announces data demonstrating that the company’s phospholipid ether delivery vehicle conjugated to a non-reactive iodine (I-127), or CLR 127, decreased tumor volumes and markedly delayed tumor regrowth in preclinical in vitro and in vivo animal studies of both pediatric and adult cancers.  Investigators observed that CLR 127 was taken up and retained in the tumor cells at 6-10 fold higher level than normal tissue and sensitized the tumor cells to external radiation.

University of Wisconsin investigator, Dr. Mario Otto presented these data during a poster presentation held at the International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics held by the American Association for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute and European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer.  The poster, titled “The Phospholipid Ether Analog CLR 127 Delays Radiation-Induced dsDNA Damage Repair in Pediatric and Adult Solid Tumors,” was presented on Saturday, October 28th at 12:30 PM ET at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Dr. Otto and his fellow investigators treated adult and pediatric cancer cells and in vivo xenograft-bearing mice with CLR 127 followed by external radiation. The group reported that the effect of the radiation was meaningfully increased versus external radiation alone and persisted at higher levels for up to 24 hours post-administration of the external radiation. Additionally, treatment with CLR 127 appears to inhibit DNA repair function that typically occurs in the tumor cells following radiation treatment.

“The data presented by Dr. Otto and his team provide external confirmation of Cellectar’s PDC tumor targeting capabilities and retention in the tumor cells that may improve clinical outcomes,” said Jim Caruso, president and CEO of Cellectar Biosciences. “This study reports important additional data regarding the potential benefits of combining our PDC platform with external beam radiation for the treatment of both adults and pediatric cancers.”

About Phospholipid Drug Conjugates (PDCs)
Cellectar’s product candidates are built upon its patented cancer cell-targeting delivery and retention platform of optimized phospholipid ether-drug conjugates™ (PDCs™).  The company designed its phospholipid ether (PLE) carrier platform to be coupled with a variety of payloads to facilitate the discovery and development of improved targeted novel therapeutic compounds.  The basis for selective tumor targeting of our PDC compounds lies in the differences between the plasma membranes of cancer cells compared to those of normal cells.  Cancer cell membranes are highly enriched in lipid rafts, which are glycolipoprotein microdomains of the plasma membrane of cells that contain high concentrations of cholesterol and sphingolipids, and serve to organize cell surface and intracellular signaling molecules. PDCs™ have been tested in more than 80 different xenograft models of cancer.

About Cellectar Biosciences, Inc.
Cellectar Biosciences (Nasdaq:CLRB) is developing phospholipid drug conjugates (PDCs) designed to provide cancer targeted delivery of diverse oncologic payloads to a broad range of cancers and cancer stem cells.  Cellectar’s PDC platform is based on the company’s proprietary phospholipid ether analogs.  These novel small-molecules have demonstrated highly selective uptake and retention in a broad range of cancers, even sites of metastases.  The company’s lead therapeutic PDC, CLR 131, utilizes iodine-131, a cytotoxic radioisotope, as its payload.  CLR 131 has been designated as an orphan drug by the US FDA and is currently being evaluated in a Phase 1 clinical study in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma and a Phase 2 clinical study to assess efficacy in a range of B-cell malignancies.   The company is also developing proprietary PDCs for targeted delivery of chemotherapeutics and has several preclinical stage product candidates, and plans to expand its PDC chemotherapeutic pipeline through both in-house and collaborative R&D efforts.  For more information please visit

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Jules Abraham
JQA Partners, Inc.