Cantargia Reports New Data Reinforcing Nadunolimab as Cancer Combination Therapy

Published February 12, 2024
  • Alleviates chemotherapy-induced neuropathy
  • Counteracts tumor promoting signals induced by Antibody Drug Conjugate (ADC) payloads

LUND, SWEDEN / ACCESSWIRE / February 12, 2024 / Cantargia (STO:CANTA) Cantargia (Cantargia AB; Nasdaq Stockholm: CANTA) today reported new clinical and preclinical results from the nadunolimab (CAN04) program, providing a promising starting point for additional future opportunities. The data show that nadunolimab, currently in phase II clinical development for cancer treatment, has additional effects that could be of high value when combined with either standard chemotherapies or antibody drug conjugates (ADC). These effects relate to alleviation of neuropathy and counteraction of tumor promoting signals. Consequently, nadunolimab treatment has the potential to improve efficacy of such treatments as well as to reduce serious side effects such as neuropathy.

"Nadunolimab treatment of cancer patients has generated promising clinical effects. Our new results strongly suggest counteraction of neuropathy, a serious side effect of several existing cancer therapies. Neuropathy is common with ADCs and the new data highlight the potential for nadunolimab/ADC combination therapy. Our confidence in nadunolimab is thus further increased as the results clearly indicate a unique mechanism with additional benefits for patients," said Göran Forsberg, CEO of Cantargia.

Nadunolimab has been investigated as cancer therapy in about 300 patients. The most promising results reported are in combination with chemotherapy in pancreatic cancer (PDAC), non-small cell lung cancer and triple negative breast cancer with higher response rates followed by longer progression free survival and overall survival compared to historical data with chemotherapy alone.

Neuropathy is a serious side effect of several cancer therapies, including traditional chemotherapies and ADCs, which effectively are a type of tumor-targeting chemotherapies. Neuropathy often leads to discontinuation of an otherwise effective therapy. Previously, top line data from our clinical studies using nadunolimab in combination with gemcitabine/nab-paclitaxel in PDAC, have indicated lower incidence of grade 3 and 4 neuropathy than expected from historical data using this chemotherapy regimen alone. Further detailed evaluation of the clinical results has provided additional support for a neuroprotective effect of nadunolimab. Mechanistically, several chemotherapies can stimulate IL-1 driven neuroinflammation, which is linked to neuropathy and may be counteracted by nadunolimab. In line with this, a pronounced protective effect on chemotherapy-induced neuropathy has been documented in two different animal models.

A number of ADC-s have recently been approved as cancer treatment which has generated significant commercial interest in this approach. The new data show that several cytotoxic payloads used in ADCs act like traditional chemotherapy by inducing both forms of IL-1 on tumor cells, known to act as a danger signal that can lead to tumor progression and potentially resistance. IL-1 mediated inflammatory processes can thus be induced by both chemotherapy and ADCs and may induce resistance to therapy as well as onset of neuropathy. The new results suggest that these can effectively be blocked by nadunolimab.

The new results are planned to be presented at upcoming scientific conferences during 2024.

For further information, please contact
Göran Forsberg, CEO
Telephone: +46 (0)46-275 62 60

This information is information that Cantargia is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out above, at 2024-02-12 17:15 CET.

About Cantargia
Cantargia AB (publ), reg. no. 556791-6019, is a biotechnology company that develops antibody-based treatments for life-threatening diseases and has established a platform based on the protein IL1RAP, involved in a number of cancer forms and inflammatory diseases. The main program, the antibody nadunolimab (CAN04), is being studied clinically primarily in combination with chemotherapy with a focus on pancreatic cancer, non-small cell lung cancer and triple-negative breast cancer. Positive interim data for the combinations indicate stronger efficacy than would be expected from chemotherapy alone. Cantargia's second development program, the antibody CAN10, blocks signaling via IL1RAP in a different manner than nadunolimab and addresses treatment of serious autoimmune/inflammatory diseases, with initial focus on systemic sclerosis and myocarditis.

Cantargia is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (ticker: CANTA). More information about Cantargia is available at

About nadunolimab (CAN04)
The antibody nadunolimab binds strongly to its target IL1RAP and functions by inducing ADCC and blocking IL-1alpha and IL-1beta signaling. Nadunolimab can thereby counteract the IL-1 system which contributes to the immune suppressive tumor microenvironment and development of resistance to chemotherapy. Nadunolimab is investigated in multiple clinical trials; the phase I/IIa trial CANFOUR, NCT03267316, evaluates nadunolimab in combination with standard chemotherapies in patients with PDAC (gemcitabine/nab-paclitaxel) or NSCLC (platinum-based chemotherapies). Positive interim data show durable responses for the combination therapy in 73 PDAC patients, resulting in median iPFS of 7.2 months and median OS of 13.2 months. An even higher median OS of 14.2 months was observed in a subgroup of patients with high tumor levels of IL1RAP. Strong efficacy was also observed in 30 NSCLC patients with median PFS of 7.0 months and a response rate of 53%; even higher responses were observed in non-squamous NSCLC patients. Early efficacy data from the phase Ib/II trial TRIFOUR, NCT05181462, also shows signs of promising efficacy in TNBC with a 60% response rate for nadunolimab combined with carboplatin/gemcitabine. Nadunolimab is also investigated with chemotherapy in the clinical trials CAPAFOUR, NCT04990037, and CESTAFOUR, NCT05116891, and with the checkpoint inhibitor pembrolizumab in the CIRIFOUR trial, NCT04452214.

Cantargia reports new data reinforcing nadunolimab as cancer combination therapy

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