MacroGenics Advances Two First-in-Class Clinical DART® Molecules
- First patient dosed with MGD013 (PD-1 x LAG-3 DART)
- IND submitted for MGD014 (HIV x CD3 DART)
- NIAID exercises option to advance MGD014 and develop second HIV-directed DART molecule
ROCKVILLE, MD, Sept. 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MacroGenics, Inc. (Nasdaq: MGNX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing innovative monoclonal antibody-based therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, as well as autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases, today announced the advancement of two of its proprietary bispecific DART product candidates. This progress includes: a first patient has been dosed with
MGD013, a DART molecule that recognizes PD-1 and LAG-3; and the submission of an Investigational New Drug (IND) application with the FDA for MGD014, a DART molecule that targets HIV-infected cells and CD3. MacroGenics retains worldwide rights to both of these product candidates.
MGD013 recognizes both PD-1 and LAG-3 and was designed to enable the co-blockade of these two immune checkpoint molecules co-expressed on T cells. MGD013 has a prolonged serum half-life and is being developed for the potential treatment of a wide range of cancers, including both solid tumors and hematological malignancies. MGD013 is MacroGenics' first in a series of product candidates that recognize multiple immune regulator targets as a single recombinant molecule.
MGD014 is a bispecific, Fc-bearing DART molecule that
targets HIV-infected cells and CD3-expressing T cells, and is being developed by MacroGenics under a contract awarded in September 2015 by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. NIAID recently notified MacroGenics that it was exercising the first of two options under the HIV contract, funding MacroGenics' advancement of MGD014 into Phase 1 clinical trials as well as the development and testing of a second DART molecule. Under the exercised option, funding of up to $10.8 million is available to MacroGenics for these
development efforts. The second option, if later exercised by NIAID, would provide up to an additional $6.3 million for continued development efforts on one or both molecules. Assuming MGD014 IND clearance by the FDA, the Company believes this molecule will be the first clinical bispecific molecule targeting an infectious agent.
"MacroGenics continues to progress its clinical pipeline, and with the recent advancement of MGD013 and MGD014, there are multiple DART molecules being tested in the clinic across multiple modalities and therapeutic areas," said Scott Koenig, M.D., Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of MacroGenics.
Background on Bispecific DART Platform
MacroGenics' DART platform enables the targeting of multiple antigens or cells by using a single molecule with an antibody-like structure. The Company has created over 100 DART molecules which have been configured for the potential treatment of cancer, autoimmune disorders and infectious disease. These DART molecules can be tailored for either short or prolonged pharmacokinetics and have demonstrated good stability and attractive manufacturability.
About MacroGenics, Inc.
MacroGenics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing innovative monoclonal antibody-based therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, as well as autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases. The Company
generates its pipeline of product candidates primarily from its proprietary suite of next-generation antibody-based technology platforms. The combination of MacroGenics' technology platforms and protein engineering expertise has allowed the Company to generate promising product candidates and enter into several strategic collaborations with global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. For more information, please see the Company's website at www.macrogenics.com. MacroGenics, the MacroGenics logo and DART are trademarks or registered trademarks of MacroGenics, Inc.
The development of MGD014 is funded in part by NIAID
under contract no. HHSN272201500032C.
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Jim Karrels, Senior Vice President, CFO
Karen Sharma, Senior Vice President
MacDougall Biomedical Communications
Source: MacroGenics, Inc.
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