HOUSTON, Texas & PARIS, France — RadioMedix, Inc. and Orano Med, two clinical stage radiopharmaceutical companies, today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) to AlphaMedixTM (212Pb-DOTAMTATE) for the treatment of adult patients with unresectable or metastatic, progressive somatostatin receptor expressing gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs) who are naïve to peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT). AlphaMedixTM is a Targeted Alpha Therapy currently in Phase 2 clinical development, which consists of an SSTR-targeting peptide complex radiolabeled with lead-212 (212Pb) that serves as an in vivo generator of alpha particles. Due to their high energy and short path length, alpha emitters enable specific targeting and killing of individual cancer cells, while minimizing toxicity to surrounding healthy tissue. AlphaMedixTM is the first Targeted Alpha Therapy to receive Breakthrough Therapy Designation.
“The FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy Designation underscores AlphaMedixTM potential as an innovative treatment that could redefine how patients with neurendocrine tumors are treated. We believe that AlphaMedix™ has potential to demonstrate substantial benefit over currently FDA approved PRRT with beta-particle emitters for patients with metastatic or inoperable SSTR-expressing GEP-NETs. The FDA’s decision is a great news for patients suffering from this illness, and an important milestone to expedite the development of this new therapy,” said Ebrahim Delpassand, MD, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RadioMedix.
The Breakthrough Therapy Designation is based on the results from phase 1 and the ongoing phase 2 clinical trials that assessed the safety and efficacy of AlphaMedixTM. In the phase 1 study, treatment was well-tolerated, with a response rate (ORR according to RECIST 1.1) of 62.5% for the GEP-NET patients who had never received PRRT with LutatheraTM, which is based on the beta-particle emitter Lutetium-177. In the phase 2 trial, the target response rate has already been achieved ahead of top-line data, expected in mid-2024.
“Receiving FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation for AlphaMedixTM is a great achievement for everyone involved and confirms the strong interest of the medical community for Targeted Alpha Therapies with lead-212. Based on positive results from our clinical studies to date, we are convinced that Targeted Alpha Therapies, such as AlphaMedixTM, will lead the next generation of radioligand therapies, providing increased cytotoxicity against cancer cells but limited toxicity to adjacent healthy cells. This recognition from the FDA reinforces Orano Med’s commitment to make innovative lead-212-based therapies available to the medical community and patients worldwide,” said Julien Dodet, President and Chief Executive Officer of Orano Med.
About Breakthrough Therapy Designation
Breakthrough Therapy Designation is a process designed to expedite the development and review of drugs that are intended to treat a serious condition and where preliminary clinical evidence indicates that the drug may demonstrate substantial improvement over available therapy on a clinically significant endpoint(s).
About neuroendocrine tumors
Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are a heterogeneous group of rare neoplasms that originate from neuroendocrine cells. These neoplasms occur mostly in the gastrointestinal tract and pancreas (GEP-NETs) but can also occur in other tissues including the thymus, lung, and other uncommon sites such as ovaries, heart, and prostate. Most NETs strongly express somatostatin receptors (SSTRs). In the United States, around 12,000 patients annually are expected to be diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumors, with an average 5-year survival rate of 60% at a metastatic stage.
About Targeted Alpha Therapy
Targeted alpha therapy (TAT) relies on a simple concept: combining the ability of biological molecules to target cancer cells with the short-range and highly energetic cell-killing capabilities of alpha-emitting radioisotopes. Alpha decay consists of the emission of a helium nucleus (alpha particle) together with very high linear energy transfer and a range emission of only few cell layers, resulting in irreparable double strand DNA breaks in cells adjacent only to area of alpha emission. This approach results in an increased cytotoxic potential toward cancer cells while limiting toxicity to nearby healthy cells. As a result, alpha emitters are considered as the most powerful payloads to be found for targeted therapies.
RadioMedix, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company, and sponsor of the AlphaMedix™ trials, based in Houston and Humble, Texas. The company is focused on innovative targeted radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosis, monitoring, and therapy of cancer. RadioMedix is developing radiopharmaceuticals for PET imaging and therapy (alpha- and beta-labeled agents). The company established contract service facilities for academic and industrial partners including a drug discovery center for the early probe development, a pre-clinical core facility for in vitro and in vivo evaluation of radiopharmaceuticals, and cGMP and analytical suite for Phase I-III clinical trials, and the large-scale post-approval commercial manufacturing facility, the Spica Center.
About Orano Med
Orano Med is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that develops a new generation of targeted therapies against cancer using the unique properties of lead-212 (212Pb), a rare alpha-emitting radioisotope and one of the more potent therapeutic payloads against cancer cells known as Targeted Alpha-Emitter Therapy (TAT). The company is developing several treatments using 212Pb combined with various targeting agents. Orano Med has 212Pb manufacturing facilities, laboratories, and R&D centers in France and in the US and is currently investing to further expand its GMP-manufacturing capacities for 212Pb radiolabeled pharmaceuticals in North America and Europe.
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