Oncternal Therapeutics Receives IND Clearance for ONCT-808, its autologous CAR T Product Candidate Targeting ROR1 for the Treatment of Aggressive B Cell Lymphoma
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oncternal Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ONCT), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel oncology therapies, today announced the receipt of a ‘Study May Proceed’ letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 30 days after submitting its Investigational New Drug (IND) application for a Phase 1/2 dose escalation study of ONCT-808, an autologous chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T therapy targeting ROR1, in patients with aggressive B cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (B NHL), including those who have failed previous CD19 CAR T treatment.
“We are very pleased with the clearance of our IND application for our lead autologous CAR T product candidate, ONCT-808,” said James Breitmeyer, M.D., Ph.D., Oncternal’s President and CEO. “This will be our second clinical program focusing on the important ROR1 cancer target, following the initiation of our phase 3 study for our ROR1 antibody zilovertamab, announced last week. ROR1 is an exciting and promising target that is highly expressed in a wide range of cancers and is an ideal candidate for cell therapy applications due to its highly specific tumor expression, and association with tumor survival mechanisms. Our initial dose finding study will enroll patients with aggressive B NHL, including those that have failed prior CD19 therapy, which represent a significant unmet need in the market today. We expect to initiate the study in the coming months and to present interim results at a scientific conference in 2023.”
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