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|Merus Provides Clinical Updates for MCLA-117 and MCLA-158 Programs|
- IND submitted to U.S.
- First CTA approval for MCLA-158 received in European country -
“The filing of an IND for MCLA-117 and the first CTA approval for MCLA-158 represent key steps forward for both programs as we continue to progress our robust pipeline of proprietary bispecific antibodies in the clinic with the goal of addressing significant unmet medical needs,” said Ton Logtenberg, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Merus. “We look forward to the advancement of both Biclonics® in 2018, including the initiation a Phase 1 first-in-human trial of MCLA-158 in
Merus today announced that it has submitted an IND application to the U.S.
The Company also announced approval of a CTA in
About Merus N.V.
Merus is a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company developing innovative full-length human bispecific antibody therapeutics, referred to as Biclonics®. Biclonics®, which are based on the full-length IgG format, are manufactured using industry standard processes and have been observed in preclinical studies to have similar features as conventional monoclonal antibodies, such as long half-life and low immunogenicity. Merus’ most advanced bispecific antibody candidate, MCLA-128, is expected to soon be evaluated in a Phase 2 combination trial in two metastatic breast cancer populations. MCLA-128 is also being evaluated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial in
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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, including without limitation statements regarding the progress of Merus’ robust pipeline of proprietary bispecific antibodies in the clinic with the goal of addressing significant unmet medical needs, the advancement of MCLA-117 and MCLA-158 through 2018, including the timing of initiating clinical trials, plans to open sites in the U.S. for the ongoing Phase 1 clinical trial of MCLA-117, the initial focus on metastatic colorectal cancer for the Phase 1 clinical trial for MCLA-158 and filing an IND in the U.S. for MCLA-158 in the first quarter of 2018, the timing of the Phase 2 combination trial of MCLA-128 in metastatic breast cancer and the potential of MCLA-158 to treat colorectal cancer and other solid tumors.
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