Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: NAVB) (Navidea or the Company), a company focused on the development of precision immunodiagnostic agents and immunotherapeutics, announced today the company will present a poster detailing results from the Companys clinical trials assessing Tc 99m tilmanocept in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 2018 Annual Meeting, being held October 19-24, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Tc 99m tilmanocept is the first product developed and commercialized by the Company based on the Manocept platform.
The Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials enrolled subjects with active, moderate-to-severe RA and healthy controls (HC). Images were acquired at various time points post-injection of Tc 99m tilmanocept. Results from the completed clinical trials show that Tc 99m tilmanocept is well-tolerated with no drug-related adverse events observed. Additionally, static planar images of joints in active RA subjects demonstrated significant Tc 99m tilmanocept localization to disease-involved joints of the shoulders, knees, hands, and feet. Whole body and joint-specific static planar imaging in healthy control subjects, as expected, did not reveal joint-specific localization.
Bonnie Abbruzzese, Senior Director of Clinical Research for Navidea, said, The ability to detect synovial macrophage activity from planar and SPECT/CT imaging makes Tc 99m tilmanocept an immunodiagnostic agent for the evaluation of joint-specific inflammation, characterization of joint-level pathobiology, and individualization of treatment. Ms. Abbruzzese continued, The results from the completed trials support the need for further studies to examine the correlation of tilmanocept uptake with CD206-positive synovial macrophages over time, which may provide valuable, clinically significant insight into the ability to quantitatively monitor treatment response.
RA is a chronic disease affecting over 1.3 million Americans and as much as 1% of the worldwide population.1 If the product is successfully developed, Navidea would expect to play a major role in the management of worldwide RA patients.
Details of Navideas poster presentation:
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Title: Technetium Tc 99m Tilmanocept: A Targeted Immunodiagnostic Radiopharmaceutical for the Assessment of Synovial Macrophage Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis” (abstract #2211) Session Title: Imaging of Rheumatic Diseases Poster III: Other Modalities Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Time: 9:00-11:00am CT
Additional information and full abstracts can be found at www.rheumatology.org
Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: NAVB) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of precision immunodiagnostic agents and immunotherapeutics. Navidea is developing multiple precision-targeted products based on its Manocept„¢ platform to enhance patient care by identifying the sites and pathways of disease and enable better diagnostic accuracy, clinical decision-making, and targeted treatment. Navideas Manocept platform is predicated on the ability to specifically target the CD206 mannose receptor expressed on activated macrophages. The Manocept platform serves as the molecular backbone of Tc 99m tilmanocept, the first product developed and commercialized by Navidea based on the platform. The development activities of the Manocept immunotherapeutic platform are being conducted by Navidea in conjunction with its subsidiary, Macrophage Therapeutics, Inc. Navideas strategy is to deliver superior growth and shareholder return by bringing to market novel products and advancing the Companys pipeline through global partnering and commercialization efforts.
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