Positive Biodistribution and Dosimetry Data for Alpharadin Cancer Therapy Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Nuclear Medicine
Oslo, Norway, 19 June 2008 - Algeta ASA (OSE: ALGETA), the cancer therapeutics company, announces that positive biodistribution and dosimetry data for its lead cancer therapy Alpharadin was presented yesterday at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Society for Nuclear Medicine in New Orleans, USA. The data were presented in an oral presentation by Dr. Cecilia Hindorf on behalf of the Royal Marsden Hospital (Sutton, UK), entitled “A biodistribution and dosimetry study of therapeutic 223Ra-chloride (Alpharadin) in patients with osteoblastic skeletal metastases secondary to hormone refractory prostate cancer.”
The study (BC1-05), which included patients with skeletal metastases from hormone refractory prostate cancer (HRPC) demonstrated that Alpharadin was rapidly eliminated from blood and taken up in the bone, where it exerts its therapeutic effects on skeletal metastases. The data also showed that Alpharadin not taken up by the bone is rapidly excreted from the body mainly via faeces. There was no specific uptake in normal organs such as the kidneys or the liver resulting in very low absorbed doses to these organs. The patients received two injections of a therapeutic dose of Alpharadin six weeks apart and the results were similar after both injections.
Thomas Ramdahl, President and CEO of Algeta commented: “We are very pleased to see the initial results from our BC1-05 biodistribution and dosimetry study demonstrating very low radiation doses to non-target organs. The results confirm the safety and benign side-effect profile of our lead product Alpharadin, which now has commenced a phase III clinical trial in prostate cancer patients with symptomatic skeletal metastases.”
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Algeta ASA is a Norwegian cancer therapeutics company built on world-leading, proprietary technology.
Algeta is developing new, targeted cancer therapeutics that harness the unique characteristics of alpha particle emitters and are potent, well-tolerated and convenient to use.
Algeta’s lead product candidate, Alpharadin, has commenced the ALSYMPCA Phase III clinical trial in hormone refractory prostate cancer based on positive Phase II results. Alpharadin is a novel bone-seeking therapeutic based on the alpha particle emitter radium-223 and may target skeletal metastases from multiple cancer types, as well as primary bone cancers.
Algeta is also developing other technologies for delivering alpha emitters. These include microparticles, liposomes, and methods to enhance the potency of therapeutic antibodies and other tumor-targeting molecules by linking them to the alpha particle emitter thorium-227.
The Company is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and was founded in 1997. Algeta listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange in March 2007 (Ticker: ALGETA).
Alpharadin and Algeta are trademarks of Algeta ASA.
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