Rockville, MD, Oct. 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MacroGenics to Present Pre-Clinical Data on MGD006 at 26th EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium
ROCKVILLE, Md., October 30, 2014 - MacroGenics, Inc. (Nasdaq: MGNX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing innovative monoclonal antibody-based therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, as well as autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases, today announced that it will present pre-clinical data on MGD006 in a poster session at the 26th EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics taking place in Barcelona, Spain on November 18-21, 2014. MGD006 is a Dual-Affinity Re-Targeting (DART®) bi-specific antibody-based molecule that recognizes both CD123 and CD3 and is being developed for the treatment of hematological malignancies.
The details of the presentation are as follows:
Session: Immunotherapy (Immune checkpoints, Vaccination, Oncolytic viruses, Cytokines)
Date: November 19, 2014
Poster Board Number: 132
Abstract Number in Proceedings Book: 138
Poster Viewing Session: 7:45 am - 8:00 pm, Poster # 132
Location: Exhibition Hall
Title: "Preclinical activity and safety of MGD006, a CD123 x CD3 Bispecific DART® molecule for the treatment of hematological malignancies"
MGD006 is a humanized DART molecule that recognizes both CD123 and CD3. The molecule was designed to redirect T cells via their CD3 component to kill CD123-expressing cells, as shown pre-clinically. CD123, the Interleukin-3 receptor alpha chain, has been reported to be overexpressed on malignant cells in a wide range of hematological malignancies including acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). AML and MDS are thought to arise from a small population of leukemic stem cells (LSCs) that generally resist conventional chemotherapeutic agents. LSCs are characterized by high levels of CD123 expression that is low or absent in the corresponding normal hematopoietic stem cell population. This product candidate is currently being tested in a Phase 1 clinical study in patients with relapsed or refractory AML.
About MacroGenics, Inc.
MacroGenics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing innovative monoclonal antibody-based therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, as well as autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases. The Company generates its pipeline of product candidates from its proprietary suite of next-generation antibody-based technology platforms. The combination of MacroGenics' technology platforms and protein engineering expertise has allowed the Company to generate promising product candidates and enter into several strategic collaborations with global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. For more information, please see the Company's website at www.macrogenics.com. MacroGenics and DART are registered trademarks of MacroGenics, Inc.
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Jim Karrels, Vice President, CFO
Karen Sharma, Vice President
MacDougall Biomedical Communications
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