SAINT-GENIS-POUILLY, France, Jan. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advanced Accelerator Applications S.A. (NASDAQ:AAAP) (“AAA” or “the Company”), an international specialist in molecular nuclear medicine, today announced an exclusive license agreement with Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland to develop and market PSMA-SR6, a receptor ligand of Prostate-Specific Membrane Antigen (PSMA) for clinical therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. AAA will focus on developing this treatment and its companion diagnostic for prostate cancer through novel molecular nuclear medicine techniques similar to those implemented for the development of Lutathera and Somakit. Prostate cancer affects nearly 1 in 7 men during their lifetime worldwide.
The terms of the agreement include payment to Johns Hopkins of an upfront licensing fee, as well as certain milestone and royalty payments.
“This licensing agreement is the first step toward broadening our development pipeline by leveraging a formula that we have already successfully applied to develop our lead therapeutic and diagnostic candidates Lutathera and Somakit. We plan to radiolabel PSMA-SR6, to develop a 177Lu-PSMA-SR6 to treat and monitor prostate cancer and a 68Ga-PSMA-SR6, which will help to diagnose and stage disease. The PSMA expression pathway has been widely investigated with labelled antibodies, but we believe that a small molecule, with very high specificity and rapid uptake into tumors and clearance from non-targeted organs could be the ideal candidate for a full theragnostic approach. We are very pleased to partner with the Johns Hopkins University as they have been pioneering and leading this new field for many years,” says Stefano Buono, Chief Executive Officer of AAA.
“Our license agreement with AAA extends Johns Hopkins University’s research leadership in PSMA to benefit patients,” says Neil Veloso, Executive Director of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures. "We are very pleased that AAA has selected PSMA-SR6 for full development for commercial applications in an area of significant patient need."
AAA is planning to support a proof-of-concept study in humans that may start in 2016 for both diagnostic and therapeutic applications of PSMA-SR6.
PSMA-SR6 is a unique second-generation selective prostate cancer PSMA receptor ligand developed by Dr Martin Pomper at Johns Hopkins University. PSMA-SR6 has a unique structure and is selective for PSMA expressed on prostate cancer tumor cells. It belongs to a new class of PSMA receptor ligands with high potential as diagnostic and therapeutic markers for prostate cancer. Studies have consistently demonstrated PSMA expression in all types of prostate tissue and an increased PSMA expression in cancer tissue.
About Advanced Accelerator Applications
Advanced Accelerator Applications (AAA) is a radiopharmaceutical company founded in 2002 that develops innovative diagnostic and therapeutic products. AAA’s main focus is in the field of molecular imaging and targeted, individualized therapy for patients with serious conditions (“Personalized Medicine”). AAA currently has 17 production and R&D facilities able to manufacture both diagnostics and therapeutic MNM products, and has over 400 employees in 11 countries (France, Italy, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Israel, U.S. and Canada). In 2014, AAA reported sales of €69.9 million (+29.9% vs. 2013). AAA is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker “AAAP”. For more information please visit: www.adacap.com
About Molecular Nuclear Medicine (“MNM”)
Molecular Nuclear Medicine is a medical specialty using trace amounts of active substances, called radiopharmaceuticals, to create images of organs and lesions and to treat various diseases, such as cancer. The technique works by injecting targeted radiopharmaceuticals into the patient’s body that accumulate in the organs or lesions and reveal specific biochemical processes. Molecular Nuclear Diagnostics employs a variety of imaging devices and radiopharmaceuticals. PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and SPECT (Single Photon Emission Tomography) are highly sensitive imaging technologies that enable physicians to diagnose different types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders and other diseases in their early stages.
About Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures
Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV) serves Johns Hopkins researchers and inventors as a licensing, patent and technology commercialization office and acts as an active liaison to parties interested in leveraging university research or materials for academic or corporate endeavors. JHTV helps develop new discoveries and inventions into products and services that benefit society and transform the world. In 2014, JHTV secured more than $16 million in licensing revenue, possessed more than 2,000 active issued patents and created 13 new startup companies. For more information about Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, opportunities to collaborate, start a technology venture or license a technology, visit http://ventures.jhu.edu/
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