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Emergent BioSolutions Presents Preclinical Data on ES425 a Bispecific Immunotherapeutic Protein for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

GAITHERSBURG, Md., April 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emergent BioSolutions Inc. (NYSE:EBS) today announced that it presented preclinical data on its bispecific ADAPTIRTM (modular protein technology) molecule, ES425, at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. The ES425 molecule is being developed as a potential therapeutic for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). This product candidate was constructed using the ADAPTIR platform technology and will be further developed by Emergent’s planned spin-off company Aptevo Therapeutics.

ES425 is a bispecific immunotherapeutic protein that redirects T-cell cytotoxicity to tumor cells expressing ROR1 (receptor tyrosine kinase-like orphan receptor 1), an oncofetal antigen expressed on TNBC and other solid tumor and hematologic malignancies.

The presentation, “Anti-ROR1 x Anti-CD3 ADAPTIRTM Molecule, ES425, Redirects T-Cell Cytotoxicity and Inhibits Tumor Growth in Preclinical Models of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer,” shared results of preclinical studies examining in vitro and in vivo activity of ES425. Results showed that ES425 efficiently redirected T-cell cytotoxicity against ROR1(+) cell lines at low picomolar concentrations in vitro. T cells were activated and proliferated in response to ES425 in the presence of ROR1(+) target cells. In vivo, pharmacokinetic analysis showed inhibition of tumor growth and an improvement in overall survival in preclinical models of TNBC.

“The encouraging preclinical data demonstrate that ES425 effectively redirects T-cell cytotoxicity in preclinical TNBC models and merits investigation as a potential therapeutic in TNBC and other malignancies,” said Scott C. Stromatt, M.D., chief medical officer of Emergent BioSolutions. “Effective treatment of metastatic, triple-negative breast cancer remains a highly unmet medical need and we look forward to continuing development of this molecule to enable filing an Investigational New Drug application in the next year.”

About the ADAPTIR™ Platform
ADAPTIR bispecific proteins are modular, single chain polypeptides that are comprised of two separate binding domains, a hinge segment, and an effector domain. They have a differentiated structure from monoclonal antibodies and can generate a unique signaling response. Some ADAPTIR molecules may mediate T-cell cytotoxicity by redirecting T cells against tumor cells and some by targeted cytokine delivery. In addition, other ADAPTIR proteins may mediate complement dependent cytotoxicity and Fc dependent cytotoxicity, similar to monoclonal antibodies. ADAPTIR and any and all Emergent BioSolutions Inc. brand, product, service and feature names, logos, and slogans are trademarks or registered trademarks of Emergent BioSolutions Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States or other countries. All rights reserved.

About Emergent BioSolutions
Emergent BioSolutions is a global specialty biopharmaceutical company dedicated to one simple mission—to protect and enhance life. We develop, manufacture, and deliver a portfolio of medical countermeasures for biological and chemical threats as well as emerging infectious diseases. We also develop and commercialize therapeutics and other specialty products for hospitals and clinics in the areas of hematology/oncology, transplantation, infectious diseases and autoimmune disorders. Through our work, we envision protecting and enhancing 50 million lives with our products by 2025. Additional information about the company may be found at www.emergentbiosolutions.com. Follow us @emergentbiosolu.

About Aptevo Therapeutics
Aptevo Therapeutics Inc. is a biotechnology company focused on novel oncology and hematology therapeutics to meaningfully improve patients’ lives. Our core technology is the ADAPTIR™ (modular protein technology) platform. Aptevo has four revenue-generating products in the areas of hematology and infectious diseases, as well as various investigational stage product candidates in immuno-oncology. Aptevo, which is currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emergent BioSolutions Inc., was formed in connection with the planned spin-off of Emergent’s biosciences business. Upon completion of the spin-off, Aptevo will become a stand-alone publicly-traded company. Additional information about Aptevo may be found in its Form 10 Registration Statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and can be accessed from www.sec.gov under the name Aptevo Therapeutics Inc. or from www.emergentbiosolutions.com/spinoff.

Safe Harbor Statement
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Source:Emergent BioSolutions Inc.