Targeted Alpha Therapy Candidate: Bladder Cancer Study Completes Enrolment
Melbourne and Nantes – 24 August 2022. Targeted Alpha Therapy Candidate: Bladder Cancer Study Completes Enrolment
Telix and Nantes-based ATONCO S.A.S. (‘ATONCO’) today announced that the final patient has been dosed in a Phase I study of TLX250-CDx in patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) at the Institut de Cancérologie de l’Ouest (ICO) in St Herblain, France.
The objective of ‘PERTINENCE’ (NCT04897763), an investigator-led, open-label, proof of concept study, which has reached target enrolment of six patients, is to evaluate safety, biodistribution and dosing properties of TLX250-CDx (89Zr-DFO-girentuximab) given directly into the bladder in patients with NMIBC and establish CAIX as a potential therapeutic target in this condition. Should the trial prove successful, the next stage will be to commence therapeutic studies with astatine-211 (211At) for targeted alpha therapy (TAT). This is aligned with Telix’s strategy to both develop alpha therapeutics and expand potential indications for radiolabelled girentuximab (TLX250), targeting carbonic anhydrase IX (CAIX), a cell surface protein that is highly expressed in several human cancers including renal, bladder, lung and oesophageal cancers.
Alpha emitters such as 211At have the potential to deliver very high amounts of energy to cancer tissue whilst the short path length can decrease the risk of damage to surrounding healthy cells, increasing the selectivity and potency of the radiation treatment. Alpha emitters have the potential to be complementary to beta-emitters in different stages of disease.
Lutetium-labelled TLX250 (177Lu-DOTA-girentuximab) is currently being evaluated in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) in Phase II therapeutic studies in combination with checkpoint inhibitors (STARLITE 1 and 2), and the Company’s pivotal Phase III imaging study (ZIRCON) of TLX250-CDx (89Zr-DFO-girentuximab) also in ccRCC, has recently completed enrolment.
Principal Investigator for the PERTINENCE study, sponsored by ICO, Dr. Caroline Rousseau said, “We are pleased to have successfully completed enrolment in this proof-of-concept study, which we hope will improve our understanding of the imaging properties of TLX250-CDx in NMIBC and pave the way for studying astatine-labelled girentuximab as a targeted alpha therapy.”
Telix Chief Medical Officer, Dr Colin Hayward added, “We would like to congratulate Dr. Caroline Rousseau and her clinical team at ICO for recruiting this trial ahead of time, and extend our gratitude to all study participants for their commitment to exploring innovative treatment options for patients living with NMIBC. Subject to positive outcomes, we look forward to Atonco proceeding to therapeutic studies with astatine-211 and exploring targeted alpha therapy in bladder cancer, as part of Telix’s and Atonco’s drive to establish category leadership in urologic oncology.”
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