NewLink Genetics Announces First Patient Dosed in Phase 1 Study of IDO Pathway Inhibitor NLG802

AMES, Iowa, July 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NewLink Genetics Corporation (NASDAQ:NLNK) today announced first patient dosed in the Phase 1 study of NLG802, a novel prodrug of indoximod.  NLG802 is an investigational agent targeting the IDO pathway and represents an important step in the company’s strategic planning and intellectual property (IP) management.

The NLG802 trial is a Phase 1 open-label clinical trial for patients with advanced solid tumors designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of escalating oral doses. The trial will utilize a standard 3+3 dose-escalation design. 

“Preclinical data for NLG802 have shown an advantageous pharmacokinetic profile in preclinical models and were presented in April at the AACR annual meeting,” said Charles J. Link, Jr., MD, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer. “NLG802 further expands the lifecycle and IP surrounding our evolving immuno-oncological platform.”

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About NLG802

NLG802 is an investigational, orally available prodrug of indoximod, a small molecule targeting the IDO Pathway. The IDO Pathway is one of the key immuno-oncology targets involved in regulating the tumor microenvironment and immune escape. NewLink Genetics is currently evaluating NLG802 in a Phase 1 dose-escalation clinical trial in cancer patients to assess the safety and pharmacokinetics of NLG802.

About NewLink Genetics Corporation

NewLink Genetics is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focusing on discovering, developing and commercializing novel immuno-oncology product candidates to improve the lives of patients with cancer. NewLink Genetics’ IDO pathway inhibitors are designed to harness multiple components of the immune system to combat cancer. Indoximod is being evaluated in combination with treatment regimens including anti-PD-1 agents, cancer vaccines, and chemotherapy across multiple indications such as melanoma, prostate cancer, acute myeloid leukemia, and pancreatic cancer. For more information, please visit

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