Samsung Bioepis Co. Ltd. will partner with South Korean biotech Intocell Inc. to develop antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) drugs, continuing the Samsung Group and the wider industry’s hunt for novel ADCs. Under the joint research agreement inked on Dec. 5, the Daejon-based ADC platform technology firm Intocell will supply the Songdo, Incheon-based Samsung Bioepis its linker technology, coined OHPAS, or ortho-hydroxy protected aryl sulfate, upon which Samsung Bioepis will develop ADC drugs for up to five cancer targets.
Researchers from Multitude Therapeutics Inc. have reported the preclinical profile of AMT-253, a MUC18-targeting antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) under development for the treatment of melanoma. It comprises the anti-MUC18 humanized antibody pAb253-H linked to T1000 exatecan payload and showed superior antitumor efficacy than the traditional vc-MMAE-based ADC AMT-253-M.
Buying out Immunogen Inc. in a whopper cash deal valued at about $10.1 billion, Abbvie Inc. has major plans for an expanded label on the antibody-drug conjugate Elahere (mirvetuximab soravtansine-gynx), already approved for treating platinum-resistant ovarian cancer.