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Aura Biosciences Announces Update of Clinical Safety and Efficacy Data on Lead Candidate AU-011 for Choroidal Melanoma

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 giugno 2018

Aura Biosciences, a biotechnology company developing a new class of therapies to target and selectively destroy cancer cells using viral capsid conjugates, today announced new interim safety and efficacy data from an open-label Phase 1b/2 study of its lead program, light-activated AU-011 for the treatment of primary choroidal melanoma. The findings were presented by Ivana Kim, M.D., Co-Director of the Ocular Melanoma Center at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, at the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona.AU-011 is an investigational, first-in-class targeted therapy in development for the treatment of primary choroidal melanoma. FDA has already granted Fast Track Designation and orphan drug designation, recognizing that there are no FDA-approved therapies and that the disease is serious and life-threatening.AU-011 is being evaluated in a Phase 1b/2 open-label, multicenter trial designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of single and multiple ascending doses in 30 adult subjects with clinically diagnosed small to medium primary choroidal melanoma.Interim data presented today show that AU-011 has been generally well-tolerated with no related serious adverse events, no severe adverse events and no dose-limiting toxicities observed. Adverse events were manageable with standard of care treatments and had no further clinical sequelae. Pre-treatment visual acuity was maintained in all subjects that have been followed for 6 to 12 months.Early efficacy results are very promising with two subjects in the first multiple-ascending-dose cohort showing evidence of reduction in tumor height at 3 months. Further evidence of preliminary efficacy has also been demonstrated with subtherapeutic doses in the single-ascending-dose cohorts providing stable disease with vision preservation up to 12 months.“We are excited by these preliminary findings showing AU-011 provided local tumor control without loss of visual acuity for a majority of subjects dosed to date,” said Dr. Kim. “That is an encouraging sign of progress toward developing a new treatment for this cancer that could preserve much more vision than radiotherapy, which is the current standard of care but not FDA approved for this indication.”

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