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July 24, 2014
17:20 EDTMGNXMacroGenics IND MGD007 cleared by FDA to start enrolling patients
MacroGenics announced that its investigational new drug, or IND, for MGD007 has been cleared by the FDA to proceed with the phase 1 human clinical trial for this drug candidate. MGD007 is a Dual-Affinity Re-Targeting protein being developed for the treatment of colorectal cancer. MacroGenics will receive a $5M milestone payment from Servier, France's largest privately-held pharmaceutical company, triggered by the IND clearance.
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April 20, 2015
16:17 EDTMGNXMacroGenics presents DR5 DART preclinical data
MacroGenics announced the presentation of pre-clinical data for Dual-Affinity Re-Targeting, or DART, molecules that target DR5 at the 2015 American Association for Cancer Research, or AACR, Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. In addition, MacroGenics' collaboration partner, Pfizer Inc., presented pre-clinical data on a DART molecule that simultaneously targets P-cadherin and CD3. MacroGenics presented a poster titled: "DART molecules with enhanced DR5 agonistic activity for improved cancer cell cytotoxicity." In this poster, application of MacroGenics' DART platform is shown to drive clustering of DR5 on cancer cells resulting in potent anti-tumor activity, including activity in models of cancer stem cells. DR5, or Death Receptor 5, member 10b of the tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily, is a protein overexpressed in many kinds of tumors, including colorectal, lung, pancreatic, breast and prostate. Ligation of DR5 with its cognate ligand TRAIL or agonistic monoclonal antibodies elicits a pro-apoptotic signal on cancer cells, leading to programmed cell death. DR5 monoclonal antibodies selected from MacroGenics' discovery platform based on favorable normal/tumor binding properties were incorporated into multivalent DARTs. The efficacy of the DR5 DART molecules in mediating cancer cell cytotoxicity is 10-100 fold enhanced compared to that of TRAIL and previously described agonistic DR5-targeted monoclonal antibodies. Based on their enhanced potency and selectivity, DR5-targeting DARTs represent a new class of therapeutics that may overcome limitations of existing DR5-targeted therapeutics. The pre-clinical data support the use of DR5-engaging DARTs to exploit this apoptotic pathway in multiple cancer types.
April 17, 2015
09:07 EDTMGNXMacroGenics management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in Dallas on April 23 hosted by Oppenheimer.
April 14, 2015
07:05 EDTMGNXNeedham to hold a conference
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