SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Dec. 7, 2020 – Sutro Biopharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: STRO), a clinical-stage drug discovery, development and manufacturing company focused on the application of precise protein engineering and rational design to create next-generation cancer and autoimmune therapeutics, today announced a poster presentation at the virtual 62ndAmerican Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting for the ongoing Phase 1 dose-escalation clinical trial for its CD74-targeted antibody drug conjugate (ADC) STRO-001 for patients with late-line Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL). Additionally, data were presented from preclinical studies conducted in collaboration with researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
- STRO-001 was generally well-tolerated in patients with late-line NHL with no ocular or neuropathy toxicity signals; MTD has not been reached
- 1 CR & 2 PRs observed in heavily pretreated patients with DLBCL; 1 SD in marginal zone lymphoma; 2 SDs in follicular lymphoma
- Fred Hutchinson preclinical models with STRO-001 identifies CD74 as a potential target for the treatment of AML
“These results continue to demonstrate the potential clinical benefit of STRO-001 treatment in patients with NHL who are heavily pretreated, with a median of five prior lines of treatment,” said Dr. Arturo Molina, Sutro’s Chief Medical Officer. “We are especially pleased for the patients who responded to STRO-001 after previously progressing on CAR-T treatments and an additional post- CAR-T regimen to which they had no response, seeing comparable duration of disease control to the duration on a cell therapy. STRO-001 has been well tolerated. We look forward to continuing the dose-escalation study to learn more about the potential for STRO-001 for patients with NHL.”
Additionally, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in collaboration with Sutro, presented preclinical models showing the potential of CD74-targeted therapies, and in particular STRO-001, for the treatment of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). The research is out of the lab of Soheil Meshinchi, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and Professor of Pediatrics at University of Washington School of Medicine.
“My team at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has built a robust computational platform leveraging our large AML transcriptome dataset to identify highly expressed antigens on leukemic cells that are being targeted by agents in early phase trials or preclinical development with the goal of repurposing these therapeutics for use in AML,” said Soheil Meshinchi, M.D., Ph.D. “One of these therapies was the STRO-001 ADC which targets the cell surface protein CD74. We have demonstrated that CD74 is highly expressed in a significant proportion of patients with AML. Our initial studies of STRO-001 ADC in AML cell lines demonstrated robust in vitro cytotoxicity on AML cell lines expressing high- to moderate-levels of CD74, with no cytotoxicity in cells with no CD74 expression. This in vitro data, which identifies CD74 as a viable target in AML, coupled with the 27% incidence of CD74 in nearly 1,000 pediatric AML patients from our clinical trial with bortezomib, strengthens the notion that targeting CD74 with STRO-001 represents a viable targeted therapy in this patient population. In addition to AML, CD74 is highly expressed in high risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), including Ph-positive and Ph-like ALL, thus providing rationale for exploring the efficacy of STRO-001 in all leukemias.