Seattle Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq: SGEN) today announced that it has initiated a phase I clinical trial of SGN-75 for metastatic renal cell carcinoma and relapsed and refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma. SGN-75 is an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) targeting CD70 that utilizes the company’s proprietary technology.
“Our compelling preclinical data demonstrate that SGN-75 possesses potent antitumor activity in models of both CD70-positive renal cell carcinoma and hematologic malignancies,” said Clay B. Siegall, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Seattle Genetics. “CD70 is expressed on a variety of solid tumors, including renal cell carcinoma, pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers and glioblastoma as well as multiple myeloma and several types of lymphoma. This broad expression profile provides substantial and diverse therapeutic opportunities to address unmet needs for patients with these malignancies.”
The single-agent phase I study is designed to enroll up to 80 patients at multiple centers in the United States. The trial will evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetic profile and antitumor activity of SGN-75 in order to identify a dose and schedule for future clinical trials.
SGN-75 is an ADC comprising an anti-CD70 antibody attached to a potent, synthetic drug payload, monomethyl auristatin F (MMAF), using Seattle Genetics’ proprietary technology. The ADC is designed to be stable in the bloodstream, but to release its payload upon internalization into CD70-expressing tumor cells, resulting in targeted cell-killing.