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Cellectar Biosciences to Provide Update on Phase 1 Multiple Myeloma Study

MADISON, Wis., Dec. 9, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cellectar Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLRB), an oncology-focused biotechnology company, today announces it plans to provide performance data from the first cohort of patients enrolled in its orphan drug designated Phase 1 study of CLR 131, in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, in January, 2016. The company is developing CLR 131, its lead radiotherapeutic Phospholipid Drug Conjugate (PDC), for the treatment of multiple myeloma through the targeted delivery of iodine-131 to myelomatous cells.

Cellectar previously guided that the company would provide an update on the first cohort of its Phase I study during the first half of 2016.

"We will now be providing an update on our Phase 1 study of CLR 131 in January 2016, at the front end of our prior guidance," said Jim Caruso, President and CEO of Cellectar Biosciences. "We look forward to sharing cohort 1 patient performance data as part of this update."

About Cellectar Biosciences, Inc.

Cellectar Biosciences is developing phospholipid drug conjugates (PDCs) designed to provide cancer targeted delivery of diverse oncologic payloads to a broad range of cancers and cancer stem cells. Cellectar's PDC platform is based on the company's proprietary phospholipid ether analogs. These novel small-molecules have demonstrated highly selective uptake and retention in a broad range of cancers. Cellectar's PDC pipeline includes product candidates for cancer therapy and cancer diagnostic imaging. The company's lead therapeutic PDC, CLR 131, utilizes iodine-131, a cytotoxic radioisotope, as its payload. CLR 131 is currently being evaluated under an orphan drug designated Phase 1 study in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma. The company is also developing PDCs for targeted delivery of chemotherapeutics such as paclitaxel (CLR 1603-PTX), a preclinical stage product candidate, and plans to expand its PDC chemotherapeutic pipeline through both in-house and collaborative R&D efforts. For additional information please visit www.cellectarbiosciences.com.

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