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Gennao Bio Debuts Preclinical Data for First-in-Class Antibody-Drug Conjugate from Gene Monoclonal Antibody Platform (GMAB ADC)

GMAB ADC demonstrated highly targeted delivery to tumor cells and durable tumor regression in preclinical model of colorectal cancer –

Results presented in a poster at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2024 –

Excerpt from the Press Release:

HOPEWELL, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gennao Bio, a privately held genetic medicines company developing first-in-class, targeted nucleic acid therapeutics, today announced new preclinical results on the application of its non-viral, cell penetrating gene monoclonal antibody (GMAB) platform technology as an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) for the treatment of solid tumors. The data were presented in a poster at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2024.

Exploratory research evaluating GMAB’s ability to deliver conjugated cytotoxic payloads was conducted through Gennao’s ongoing collaboration with the laboratory of Peter M. Glazer, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Therapeutic Radiology, Professor of Genetics and Robert E. Hunter Professor of Therapeutic Radiology at the Yale School of Medicine and co-founder of Gennao. In preclinical studies, our GMAB technology demonstrated selective delivery of payloads into tumors by targeting ENT2, a nucleoside transporter that is highly overexpressed in many tumors. ENT2 overexpression on both the plasma and nuclear membranes allows GMAB targeted therapies to internalize directly into the cytoplasm of tumor cells avoiding the endocytic pathway and traffic directly into the nucleus. In vitro studies of the GMAB ADC conjugated to exatecan, a potent topoisomerase I inhibitor, exhibited nuclear localization and activation of the DNA damage response pathway leading to tumor cell death.

“The safe targeted delivery of cytotoxic drugs continues to be a challenge for the development of new ADCs. Leveraging GMAB as an ADC represents a highly differentiated approach to the delivery of drugs exclusively to tumors while avoiding harmful impact to healthy tissue. In preclinical studies, chronic treatment of the GMAB ADC demonstrated significant tumor regression and was well tolerated, providing support for the continued investigation of this novel delivery platform as an ADC,” said Dr. Glazer.

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