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CritiTech PES partner NanOlogy Presents Updated Clinical Data on Targeted Injections of NanoPac® for Pancreatic Cancer and Mucinous Cystic Neoplasms on DDW2020 Site

Updated clinical data from both trials available through Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) Online Education Site

FT. WORTH, (May 14, 2020) — NanOlogy, LLC, a clinical-stage oncology company, announced today that updated data from two of its ongoing clinical trials were presented as abstracts last week through the DDW ePosters and ePresentations site . The clinical trials are evaluating endoscopic ultrasound guided fine needle injection (EUS-FNI) of NanoPac® (submicron particle paclitaxel) suspension for treatment of locally advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC) and mucinous cystic neoplasms (MCNs/IPMNs) of the pancreas.

The lead author of the abstract on intratumoral NanoPac for LAPC is Neil Sharma, MD (Parkview Cancer Institute – Fort Wayne, IN). The lead author of the abstract on intracystic NanoPac for MCNs/IPMNs is Mohamed O. Othman, MD (Baylor College of Medicine – Houston, TX).

Pancreatic Cancer

The Phase 2a dose-rising and expansion trial is evaluating over 6 months the safety and preliminary efficacy of NanoPac delivered intratumorally by EUS-FNI in patients with LAPC, concurrent with or following SOC therapy for the disease. After completing the dose-rising cohort (n=11), a dose expansion cohort has now fully enrolled (n=22) in which patients receive 2 monthly intratumoral (IT) injections of NanoPac. FDA has also recently allowed expansion of up to 30 additional patients who will receive up to 4 monthly IT injections.

Dr. Sharma’s abstract submitted to DDW in December 2019 reports data from the first 7 evaluable subjects from the dose expansion cohort. No drug-related local or systemic SAEs were reported including no reports of acute pancreatitis in any subject, 4 subjects had a partial response, 2 had stable disease, and 1 had progressive disease. Encouraging data has continued to accrue from the fully enrolled dose expansion (2- injection) cohort, which are expected to be presented later in 2020

Pancreatic Cyst

The Phase 2a dose rising and expansion trial is evaluating over 6 months the safety and preliminary efficacy of NanoPac delivered intracystically by EUS-FNI following aspiration in patients with MCNs/IPMNs. The study has now completed enrollment (n=19) with patients in the dose expansion phase (n=8) receiving two intracystic injections of NanoPac 12 weeks apart.

Dr. Othman’s abstract also submitted in December reports data from the first 9 subjects who had completed the trial. No confirmed drug-related local or systemic SAEs were reported including no reports of acute pancreatitis. Plasma paclitaxel levels have not exceeded 1 ng/mL indicating that NanoPac particles are retained in the cyst over time. Evaluation of cyst volume showed decreases ranging from 8% to 89% in 8 subjects, 6 of whom showed a volume decrease > 50%. Cyst volume increased in 1 subject.

Based on encouraging results from both trials, NanOlogy is designing follow-on clinical protocols for evaluation by FDA.

In 2020, about 57,600 new cases of pancreatic cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. and 47,050 people will die from the disease. Pancreatic cancer is currently the third most frequent cause of cancer related death in western countries and is predicted to become the second leading cause of death from cancer within the next 10 years. It is one of the few cancers for which no meaningful improvement in survival has been achieved over recent time with only an 8% survival rate at 5 years.

MCNs/IPMNs are a subset of pancreatic cysts that risk progression to pancreatic cancer. While estimates vary widely, as many as 30,000 new cases of high risk MCNs/IMPNs are diagnosed annually in the U.S. These patients may ultimately be required to undergo surgical resection of the pancreas to remove the lesion, a complicated procedure associated with high morbidity. No approved drug therapy exists in the U.S to treat the condition.

In addition to pancreatic neoplasms, NanOlogy clinical programs are advancing in genitourinary, peritoneal, lung, and dermal cancers.

The NanOlogy submicron particle therapeutic platform is based on a proprietary production technology that converts taxane API crystals into stable submicron particles of pure drug with disproportionate size to surface area ratio. The particles are covered by two composition of matter patents (US 9,814,685) and (10,507,195) both valid until 2036 in the US and pending globally.

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About NanOlogy

NanOlogy, LLC (www.nanology.us) is a private clinical stage oncology company formed in 2015 to finance and clinically develop a patented submicron particle technology platform for targeted, sustained delivery of proven drugs aimed at increasing their value in the treatment of cancer and other serious diseases.

Disclaimers

This announcement contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including statements about our product development, business, and other activities. Such statements are subject to the risks and uncertainties inherent in any pharmaceutical development program which may cause actual results to differ materially due to developmental, clinical trial, regulatory, market, competitive, technological, or other factors. All forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this announcement and the company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these statements. NanOlogy investigational drugs have not been proven to be safe and effective as required by U.S. FDA and have not been approved for commercial distribution. NanOlogy and NanoPac are trademarks of NanOlogy LLC.

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ACG 2019 Poster: NanoPac-2017-01 Mid-Study Report: Safety, Tolerability and Preliminary Efficacy of Intracyctic Submicron Particle Paclitaxel (SPP) for the Treatment of Pancreatic Mucinous Cysts

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Pancreatic mucinous cystic lesions have significant potential for malignant transformation1; delivery of SPP as a direct intratumoral injection confirmed SPP present at the delivery site for at least 100 days in a prior study; intracystic therapy with SPP may prevent progression to cancer without corresponding systemic toxicities.

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CritiTech PES partner NanOlogy’s Clinical Updates on Local Injection of NanoPac® for Pancreatic Cancer and Mucinous Cystic Neoplasms of the Pancreas

Interim data from both clinical trials presented at the 2019 American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Conference in San Antonio

November 07, 2019 05:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

FORT WORTH, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NanOlogy LLC, a clinical-stage oncology company, announced today that interim data were presented last week at the 2019 ACG annual meeting from two of its clinical trials each evaluating endoscopic ultrasound guided fine needle injection (EUS-FNI) of NanoPac (submicron particle paclitaxel): one for treatment of locally advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC) and the other for treatment of mucinous cystic neoplasms of the pancreas (MCNs).

The pancreatic cancer clinical update of intratumoral NanoPac for treatment of LAPC was presented by Simon K. Lo, MD(Cedars-Sinai) as part of the Pancreatic Cancer/Esophagus plenary session.

The Phase 2a dose-rising and expansion pancreatic cancer trial is evaluating the safety and preliminary efficacy of NanoPac delivered intratumorally by EUS-FNI over 6 months in patients with nonresectable LAPC. After completion of the dose-rising phase, the trial has now enrolled 16 of 22 subjects into the dose expansion phase of the trial in which patients are receiving two intratumoral injections of NanoPac 4 weeks apart.

Highlights from Dr. Lo’s presentation on the dose expansion phase of the trial:

  • No drug-related local or systemic serious adverse events have been reported to date (n=25) including no reports of acute pancreatitis.
  • Of 7 subjects who have completed the 6-month study to date, one subject had a partial response with restaging from nonresectable to resectable (see video), 3 had stable disease, 1 had progressive disease, and 2 were withdrawn from the study.
  • Tumor volume decreases ranging from 7% to 76% have been seen in 7 of 11 subjects upon latest mpMRI to date at either the 3- or 6-month time point.
  • CA19-9 reductions of greater than 20% have been seen in 5 of 11 subjects upon latest measure to date at either the 3- or 6-month time point.

The pancreatic cyst clinical update on intracystic NanoPac for treatment of MCNs of the pancreas was presented during the poster sessions by Mohamed O. Othman, MD (Baylor College of Medicine). Dr Othman’s poster was recognized as a Presidential Poster, a distinction given to fewer than 5% of accepted abstracts each year, and was ultimately named co-winner for high quality, novel, unique and interesting research.

The Phase 2a dose rising and expansion pancreatic cyst trial is evaluating the safety and preliminary efficacy of NanoPac delivered intracystically by EUS-FNI following aspiration in patients with MCNs. The study is also enrolling in the dose expansion phase of the study and patients are receiving two intracystic injections of NanoPac 12 weeks apart.

Highlights from Dr. Othman’s poster presentation on the trial:

  • No drug-related local or systemic serious adverse events (SAE) have been reported to date (n=15) including no reports of acute pancreatitis. One case of gastric outlet obstruction that was possibly drug-related occurred in a subject who had a recent unrelated endoscopic procedure for hepatobiliary dysfunction. This condition was subsequently added as an exclusion criterion for the trial.
  • Plasma paclitaxel levels for all subjects analyzed have not exceed 1ng/mL suggesting that NanoPac particles are retained in the cyst over time.
  • Cyst volume decreases ranging from 8% to 89% have been seen in 9 of 11 subjects at last available imaging at either the 3- or 6-month time point.

NanOlogy plans to design follow-on clinical trials for both pancreatic cancer and pancreatic cysts in 2020 to further advance the programs toward regulatory submission.

In 2019, an estimated 57,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. and 46,000 people will die from the disease. Pancreatic cancer is among the deadliest cancers with 9% survival rate at 5 years. It is also one of the few cancers for which no meaningful improvement in survival has been achieved in the last two decades. MCNs are a subset of pancreatic cysts that risk progression to pancreatic cancer. Patients with high risk MCNs may undergo surgical resection of the pancreas to remove the lesion, a complicated procedure associated with mortality and morbidity rates of 2% and 30% respectively. For both the disease itself and one of its common precursors, NanOlogy investigational drugs may offer a new way to help prevent or treat pancreatic cancer.

In addition to these trials, NanOlogy is advancing its therapeutic platform in preclinical and clinical programs across genitourinary, peritoneal, lung, and dermal cancers. The NanOlogy therapeutic platform is based on a proprietary submicron particle production technology that reduces the size of taxane API crystals by up to 400 times into stable submicron particles of pure drug with exponentially increased surface area and unique geometry. The characteristics of the particles have recently been granted a composition of matter patent valid in the US (9,814,685) and Australia until 2036, and pending globally.

About NanOlogy

NanOlogy, LLC (www.nanology.us) is a private clinical-stage oncology company developing a submicron particle therapeutic platform designed for local delivery to increase the effectiveness of cancer treatment while reducing the serious adverse effects normally associated with systemic chemotherapy.

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This announcement contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including statements about our product development, business, and other activities. Such statements are subject to the risks and uncertainties inherent in any pharmaceutical development program which may cause actual results to differ materially due to developmental, clinical trial, regulatory, market, competitive, technological, or other factors. All forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this announcement and the company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these statements. NanOlogy investigational drugs have not been proven safe and effective as required by U.S. FDA and have not been approved for commercial distribution.

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CritiTech PES partner NanOlogy Adds Clinical Trial Sites for Phase 2 Clinical Trials of NanoPac® in Pancreatic Cancer and Pancreatic Mucinous Cysts

Preliminary Data from Both Trials Show NanoPac Well-Tolerated via Intratumoral and Intracystic Injection

FORT WORTH/DALLAS, (August 8, 2018) — NanOlogy LLC, a clinical-stage pharmaceutical development company, today announced the opening of three new sites for its Phase 2 clinical trials of NanoPac (submicron particle paclitaxel) sterile suspension in the treatment of pancreatic adenocarcinoma and mucinous cystic neoplasms (MCNs) of the pancreas.

The new sites for the pancreatic cancer trial are Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, IN with Neil Sharma, MD serving as principal investigator (PI) and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso with Antonio Mendoza-Ladd, MD the PI. Parkview will also be a new site for the Phase 2 MCN trial with Dr. Sharma serving as PI.

Parkview and Texas Tech join two other sites for the pancreatic cancer trial: Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, TX and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The PIs for the Baylor and Cedars-Sinai sites are Mohamed Othman, MD and Simon Lo, MD, respectively.

In addition to Parkview, the other sites for the Phase 2 MCN trial are Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center with Dr. Othman as the PI and University of Chicago Medical Center with Irving Waxman, MD, serving as PI.

To date, the independent Data and Safety Monitoring Boards for both trials have found no drug-related safety concerns and both studies have dose-escalated in accordance with their clinical protocols.

NanoPac is part of a broad submicron particle technology platform developed by NanOlogy. The technology reduces paclitaxel crystals to submicron particles for direct injection into the pancreatic cancer tumors and MCNs. The particles are so unique in terms of size and surface area that they have recently been granted a composition of matter patent valid until 2036.

Intratumoral injection of NanoPac, rather than systemic infusion of paclitaxel, enables local delivery of a more concentrated dose at the site of disease that kills pancreatic cancer cells over a longer period without adverse systemic side effects.

If successful in clinical trials, intracystic delivery of a high, locally sustained concentration of NanoPac for patients with high risk MCN’s could serve as an alternative to surgery, which is the primary treatment.

An estimated 55,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer will be diagnosed in 2018 and 44,000 people will die from the disease. Despite being relatively rare, pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the US with a survival rate of only 25% at one year and less than 10% at five years.

Pancreatic cysts affect an estimated 3 million Americans, and most are benign. However, a subset of pancreatic cysts called MCN’s are deemed to be at high risk for progression to pancreatic cancer and prevalence estimates range from 60,000 to 180,000 people.

The Phase 2 trials in pancreatic cancer and pancreatic mucinous cysts are part of an extensive clinical development program underway by NanOlogy. Local administration of NanoPac also is being evaluated in Phase 2 clinical trials for ovarian cancer (with orphan drug designation) and prostate cancer. A clinical trial of NanoDoce (submicron particle docetaxel sterile suspension) is planned to begin in in late 2018 for bladder cancer and in 2019 for renal cancer.

In addition, NanOlogy is progressing a clinical trial of a submicron particle paclitaxel topical anhydrous ointment for cutaneous metastases. An inhaled version of NanoPac in preclinical lung cancer studies demonstrated prolonged retention of drug in lung tissue and significant tumor regression without adverse drug-related observations. The positive findings will be used to support an IND to begin clinical trials of inhaled NanoPac for treatment of non-small cell lung cancer.

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About NanOlogy

NanOlogy, LLC (www.nanology.us) is a clinical stage pharmaceutical company formed by DFB Pharmaceuticals, LLC of Fort Worth, TX, CritiTech, Inc. of Lawrence, KS, and US Biotest, Inc. of San Luis Obispo, CA, to finance and clinically develop a patented submicron particle technology platform for local, sustained delivery of proven drugs aimed at increasing their safety and efficacy in the treatment of cancer and related conditions.

Disclaimer

This announcement contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including statements regarding our product development, business, and other activities. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties inherent in any pharmaceutical development program which may cause actual results to differ materially due to developmental, clinical, regulatory, market, competitive, technological, or other factors. All forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this announcement and NanOlogy disclaims any intent or obligation to update these statements. NanOlogy investigational drugs have not been proven safe and effective in accordance with the requirements of the FDCA and are not approved by FDA for commercial distribution.

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Pharmacokinetic Profile of Inhaled Submicron Particle Paclitaxel (NanoPac) in a Rodent Model

Inhaled chemotherapeutics may enhance pulmonary drug exposure to malignant lesions in the lung without substantially contributing to systemic toxicities. The pharmacokinetic profile of inhaled submicron particle paclitaxel (NanoPac) in healthy rodent plasma and lung tissue is evaluated here to determine administration proof-of-principle.

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NanOlogy to Unveil Positive Preclinical Data for Inhaled NanoPac® in Treatment of Lung Cancer at 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting

Update – 6/4/18:  Link to NanOlogy Poster presented at 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting

  • Studies of Inhaled NanoPac Show Prolonged Retention in the Lung, Decreased Primitive Tumor cells, and Increased Tumor Regression

FT. WORTH/DALLAS, (May 29, 2018) BUSINESS WIRE — NanOlogy LLC, a clinical-stage pharmaceutical development company, will present data from preclinical studies of inhaled NanoPac (submicron particle paclitaxel) showing prolonged retention of drug in lung tissue and significant tumor regression without adverse drug-related observations in an orthotopic animal model of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

The data will be presented in an abstract entitled “NanoPac Inhalation Treatment of NSCLC in a Nude Rat Orthotopic Lung Cancer Model” during the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 3rd, from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM in Hall A of McCormick Place in Chicago.

An initial preclinical pharmacokinetic (PK) study examined the retention of NanoPac in rat lung tissue following a single inhalation via a nose-only exposure chamber. Data showed measurable amounts of drug in the lung at the end of the 14-day study with examined tissue being microscopically indistinguishable from normal lung tissue.

A preclinical study followed to examine the therapeutic effect of inhaled NanoPac using an orthotopic model of NSCLC. Histologic analysis revealed NanoPac achieved a significant decrease in primitive tumor cell population as well as significant tumor regression.

Gere diZerega, MD, VP of Medical Affairs, said, “In our initial PK study, inhaled NanoPac resulted in longer lung retention of drug at a higher concentration compared to systemically administered paclitaxel. The evidence seen in our preclinical PK and efficacy studies has given us the confidence to move forward with IND-enabling studies in preparation for clinical trials.”

Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death according to the American Cancer Society with more than 154,000 deaths expected this year. More people die of lung cancer every year than breast, prostate, and colon cancers combined.

The preclinical lung cancer studies are in addition to an extensive clinical development program underway by NanOlogy. Local administration of NanoPac is also being evaluated in Phase 2 clinical trials for ovarian cancer (with orphan drug designation), prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, and pancreatic mucinous cysts. A clinical trial of NanoDoce® (submicron particle docetaxel sterile suspension) is planned to begin in September for bladder cancer.

NanOlogy is also progressing a clinical trial of a submicron particle paclitaxel topical anhydrous ointment for cutaneous metastases.

All NanOlogy investigational drugs are progressing under FDA’s streamlined 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway. The NanOlogy submicron particle technology platform is based on a patented production process that reduces the size of paclitaxel and docetaxel API crystals by up to 400 times into stable submicron particles of pure drug with exponentially increased surface area and unique geometry. The submicron particles are so unique that they are protected under a composition of matter patent (US 9,814,685) valid until 2036, which provides NME-like advantages without the risk and timeline associated with new molecular entity drug development.

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About NanOlogy

NanOlogy, LLC (www.nanology.us) is a clinical stage pharmaceutical company formed by DFB Pharmaceuticals, LLC of Fort Worth, TX, CritiTech, Inc. of Lawrence, KS, and US Biotest, Inc. of San Luis Obispo, CA, to finance and clinically develop a patented submicron particle technology platform for local, sustained delivery of proven drugs aimed at increasing their safety and efficacy in the treatment of cancer and related conditions.

Disclaimer

This announcement contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including statements about our product development, business, and other activities. Such statements are subject to the risks and uncertainties inherent in any pharmaceutical development program which may cause actual results to differ materially due to developmental, clinical trial, regulatory, market, competitive, technological, or other factors. All forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this announcement and the company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these statements. NanOlogy investigational drugs have not been proven to be safe and effective in accordance with the requirements of the U.S. FDCA and have not been approved by FDA for commercial distribution.

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