Cellectar Biosciences to Host a CLR 131 Clinical Data Call with Its Phase 2 Lead Investigator on February 19, 2020

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Jan. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cellectar Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLRB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of drugs for the treatment of cancer, today announced that it will host a Clinical Data Call on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 10:30 am Eastern Time.

Members of Cellectar’s senior management team and Dr. Sikander Ailawadhi, M.D., the lead investigator for the company’s Phase 2 study, will provide additional clinical data, as well as an update and analysis of the CLR 131 Phase 1 and Phase 2 hematology focused trials.  The team will also provide a summary of the data for patients with relapsed/refractory B-cell malignancies, including patients with multiple myeloma and select non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Additionally, the team will review the current treatment landscape and unmet medical need for treating patients with these cancers, and provide an overview of the market opportunity and its clinical development plan for CLR 131.

Sikander Ailawadhi, M.D. is an Associate Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology at Mayo Clinic Florida and is the lead investigator for the company’s Phase 2 CLOVER-1 trial of CLR 131 in patients with relapsed/refractory B-cell hematologic cancers. Dr. Ailawadhi was awarded the 2013 NCI CCITLA as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Norris Cancer Center, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles CA. Subsequently, he joined the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Mayo Clinic in Florida as a Senior Associate Consultant in order to pursue his career goal of clinical, translational and outcomes-based research in B-cell malignancies, especially plasma cell disorders.

Dial-In & Webcast Information
Domestic:  877-705-6003
International: 201-493-6725
Conference ID:  13697717
Webcast:  http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=137456

A replay of the call will be available on the Events section on the Investor Relations page of company’s website following the live event. 

About the Phase 2 CLOVER-1 Trial
CLOVER-1 is a Phase 2 study of CLR 131 being conducted in approximately 10 leading cancer centers in the United States in patients with relapsed/refractory B-cell hematologic cancers. The hematologic cancers being studied in the trial include multiple myeloma (MM), chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL), lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma (LPL), marginal zone lymphoma (MZL), mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL).

The study will enroll up to 80 patients. Its primary endpoint is clinical benefit response (CBR), with additional endpoints of overall response rate (ORR), progression free survival (PFS), median overall survival (OS) and other markers of efficacy following a fractionated dose of 37.5mCi/m2 of CLR 131 administered in two 30-minute infusions of 18.75mCi/m2 of CLR 131 administered on day 1 and day 7 (± 1), with the option for a second dose cycle approximately 75-180 days later. 

Cellectar was awarded approximately $2 million in non-dilutive grant funding from the National Cancer Institute to help fund the trial. More information about the trial, including eligibility requirements, can be found at www.clinicaltrials.gov, reference NCT02952508.

About the Phase 1 R/R MM Trial
The Phase 1 multicenter, open-label, dose-escalation study is designed to evaluate the safety and tolerability of CLR 131 administered as a 30-minute IV infusion, either as a single bolus dose or as two fractionated doses, in patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma. All doses to date have been deemed safe and well tolerated by an independent Data Monitoring Committee (DMC). Based on the data and the recommendation of the DMC, the company is enrolling a Cohort 7 where patients will receive 40mCi/m2 fractionated dose of CLR 131.

About CLR 131
CLR 131 is a small-molecule, targeted Phospholipid Drug Conjugate™ (PDC) designed to deliver cytotoxic radiation directly to cancer cells, while limiting exposure to healthy cells. CLR 131 is the company’s lead product candidate and is currently being evaluated in a Phase 2 study in B-cell lymphomas, and two Phase 1 dose-escalating clinical studies, one in multiple myeloma and one in pediatric solid tumors and lymphoma. CLR 131 was granted Orphan Drug designation for the treatment of multiple myeloma by both the U.S. and the European Commission, and was granted U.S. Orphan Drug designation for the treatment of lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma and was granted U.S. Orphan Drug and Rare Pediatric Disease designations for the treatment of neuroblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, Ewing’s sarcoma and osteosarcoma.

About Cellectar Biosciences, Inc.
Cellectar Biosciences is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of drugs for the treatment of cancer. The company is developing proprietary drugs independently and through research and development collaborations. The company’s core objective is to leverage its proprietary Phospholipid Drug ConjugateTM (PDC) delivery platform to develop PDCs that specifically target cancer cells, delivering improved efficacy and better safety as a result of fewer off-target effects. The company’s PDC platform possesses the potential for the discovery and development of the next-generation of cancer-targeting treatments, and it plans to develop PDCs independently and through research and development collaborations.

The company’s lead PDC therapeutic, CLR 131, is currently in three clinical studies - one Phase 2 study, and two Phase 1 studies. The Phase 2 clinical study (CLOVER-1) is in relapsed/refractory (R/R) B-cell malignancies, including multiple myeloma (MM), chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL), lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma (LPL), marginal zone lymphoma (MZL), mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). The company is also conducting a Phase 1 dose escalation study in patients with R/R multiple myeloma (MM) and a Phase 1 study in pediatric solid tumors and lymphomas.

The company’s product pipeline also includes one preclinical PDC chemotherapeutic program (CLR 1900) and several partnered PDC assets.

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Monique Kosse
Managing Director
LifeSci Advisors


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