Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Announces Details of Presentation at Upcoming Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer Annual Meeting
DUBLIN, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: NAVB) (“Navidea” or the “Company”), a company focused on the development of precision immunodiagnostic agents and immunotherapeutics, today announced details of the results from the Company’s ongoing preclinical studies evaluating targeted immunotherapy for cancer based on the Manocept platform. The results will be presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (“SITC”) to be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in person and virtually November 8-12, 2022 in Boston, MA. These details were embargoed by SITC until the week of the meeting.
The abstract, “Synthetic CD206 Targeted Constructs Carrying Paclitaxel or Novel Bisphosphonate Payloads Alter Macrophages Towards Pro-inflammatory Phenotypes; The Paclitaxel Construct Improves the Efficacy of anti-CTLA4 in CT26 Tumors” (Abstract #1161), will be presented as a poster on November 10, 9 am to 9 pm in the conference center’s poster hall.
In this study, results demonstrate that Navidea’s macrophage-targeting Manocept platform technology, consisting of mannosylated amine dextrans (“MAD”) and carrying the therapeutic payloads paclitaxel or a novel bisphosponate, could drive the phenotype of macrophages in vitro towards a proinflammatory type (more CD80 and CD86 expression, less CD206 and CD163 expression). This is important because in tumors there exist tumor-associated macrophages (“TAMs”) that are typically of the wound healing, anti-inflammatory type, and these play a key role in paradoxically shielding the tumors from the body’s immune response. Driving the TAM phenotype more towards a proinflammatory state should enable both an immune response against the tumors as well as increase the efficacy of other therapies that can work alongside the body’s immune system against the tumors.
In addition to the in vitro work using both the paclitaxel and bisphosphonate carrying constructs, in vivo studies using the MAD-paclitaxel construct in a mouse tumor model demonstrated that this construct increased the efficacy of an approved checkpoint inhibitor therapy, anti-CTLA4, reducing tumor growth by 76% compared to a saline control. Delivery of paclitaxel and bisphosphonates by this method also reduces off-target exposure and should limit toxicity.
Future studies will examine the effect of the MAD-bisphosphonate therapy with and without anti-CTLA4 therapy in the mouse tumor model. Preclinical toxicity studies will also be conducted en route to an Investigational New Drug (“IND”) application.
Abstract title and session information can be found on the SITC Annual Meeting website at: https://www.sitcancer.org/2022/home.
Dr. Michael Rosol, Chief Medical Officer for Navidea, said, “We are delighted by the opportunity to present these important preclinical results at this internationally recognized meeting. These results provide support for the hypothesis that our macrophage-targeted constructs can increase the efficacy of already approved therapies to significant effect, helping to rally the body’s immune response against tumors.” Dr. Rosol continued, “We continue to develop the Manocept platform, using its potent ability to target macrophages, for the development of new immunotherapies for diseases including cancer.”
Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: NAVB) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of precision immunodiagnostic agents and immunotherapeutics. Navidea is developing multiple precision-targeted products based on its Manocept platform to enhance patient care by identifying the sites and pathways of disease and enable better diagnostic accuracy, clinical decision-making, and targeted treatment. Navidea’s Manocept platform is predicated on the ability to specifically target the CD206 mannose receptor expressed on activated macrophages. The Manocept platform serves as the molecular backbone of Tc99m tilmanocept, the first product developed and commercialized by Navidea based on the platform. Navidea’s strategy is to deliver superior growth and shareholder return by bringing to market novel products and advancing the Company’s pipeline through global partnering and commercialization efforts. For more information, please visit www.navidea.com.
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Released November 7, 2022