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Levena Biopharma, A Sorrento Company, Announces Positive Clinical Data for Its Out-Licensed A166 Product Candidate, A Third-Generation Anti-HER2-ADC, In Treating Heavily Pretreated HER2-Positive Breast Cancer Patients

May 3, 2022 at 9:15 AM EDT
  • A166 is a third-generation antibody drug conjugate (ADC) against HER2-positive breast cancer with Levena Biopharma’s proprietary tubulin inhibitor Duo-5 toxin, cleavable linker and site-specific K-Lock™ conjugation chemistry.
  • A166 has demonstrated promising antitumor activity with clinically meaningful responses in heavily pretreated subjects with HER2-positive breast cancer. At a dose of 4.8 mg/kg, A166 demonstrated an 73.9% ORR as compared to the published data from Kadcyla® (Ado-Trastuzumab Emantsine) of 31.3% ORR, and the PFS with A166 was 12.3 months versus 6 months with Kadcyla.

SAN DIEGO, May 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: SRNE, "Sorrento") today announced that its license and development partner, Sichuan Kelun-Biotech Biopharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (“Kelun”), presented at this year’s Chinese Society of Clinical Oncology (CSCO) Guideline Conference (April 23-24, 2022) Phase 1 data for its anti-HER2-ADC, A166. To generate this site-specific third generation ADC, Kelun partnered with Levena Biopharma, a Sorrento company, which provided the proprietary ADC technologies for the generation and production of A166, including (1) a proprietary small molecule toxin, Duostatin-5, a tubulin inhibitor, (2) K-Lock, a site-specific conjugation chemistry and (3) an enzymatically cleavable linker. Compared to Kadcyla®, the first Antibody-Drug Conjugate approved for the treatment of HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer, A166 demonstrated potentially better efficacy, as shown in the overall response rate (ORR) of 73.9% with A166 at 4.8mg/kg versus Kadcyla®, which had an ORR of 31.3%, as well as the progression-free survival (PFS) of 12.3 months with A166 versus 6 months with Kadcyla®.

About Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. 

Sorrento is a clinical and commercial stage biopharmaceutical company developing new therapies to treat cancer, pain (non-opioid treatments), autoimmune disease and COVID-19. Sorrento's multimodal, multipronged approach to fighting cancer is made possible by its extensive immuno-oncology platforms, including key assets such as fully human antibodies (“G-MAB™ library”), immuno-cellular therapies (“DAR-T™”), antibody-drug conjugates (“ADCs”), and oncolytic virus (“Seprehvec™”). Sorrento is also developing potential antiviral therapies and vaccines against coronaviruses, including Abivertinib, COVISHIELD™ and COVI-MSC™; and diagnostic test solutions, including COVIMARK™.

Sorrento's commitment to life-enhancing therapies for patients is also demonstrated by our effort to advance a first-in-class (TRPV1 agonist) non-opioid pain management small molecule, resiniferatoxin (“RTX”), and SP-102 (10 mg, dexamethasone sodium phosphate viscous gel) (SEMDEXA™), a novel, viscous gel formulation of a widely used corticosteroid for epidural injections to treat lumbosacral radicular pain, or sciatica, and to commercialize ZTlido® (lidocaine topical system) 1.8% for the treatment of post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). RTX has been cleared for a Phase II trial for intractable pain associated with cancer and a Phase II trial in osteoarthritis patients. Positive final results from the Phase III Pivotal Trial C.L.E.A.R. Program for SEMDEXA™, its novel, non-opioid product for the treatment of lumbosacral radicular pain (sciatica), were announced in March 2022. ZTlido® was approved by the FDA on February 28, 2018.

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