AAA today announced an exclusive license agreement with Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland to develop and market PSMA-SR6, a receptor ligand of Prostate-Specific Membrane Antigen (PSMA) for clinical therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. AAA will focus on developing this treatment and its companion diagnostic for prostate cancer through novel molecular nuclear medicine techniques similar to those implemented for the development of Lutathera and Somakit. Prostate cancer affects nearly 1 in 7 men during their lifetime worldwide.
The terms of the agreement include payment to Johns Hopkins of an upfront licensing fee, as well as certain milestone and royalty payments.
“This licensing agreement is the first step toward broadening our development pipeline by leveraging a formula that we have already successfully applied to develop our lead therapeutic and diagnostic candidates Lutathera and Somakit. We plan to radiolabel PSMA-SR6, to develop a 177Lu-PSMA-SR6 to treat and monitor prostate cancer and a 68Ga-PSMA-SR6, which will help to diagnose and stage disease. The PSMA expression pathway has been widely investigated with labelled antibodies, but we believe that a small molecule, with very high specificity and rapid uptake into tumors and clearance from non-targeted organs could be the ideal candidate for a full theragnostic approach. We are very pleased to partner with the Johns Hopkins University as they have been pioneering and leading this new field for many years,” says Stefano Buono, Chief Executive Officer of AAA.
“Our license agreement with AAA extends Johns Hopkins University’s research leadership in PSMA to benefit patients,” says Neil Veloso, Executive Director of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures. “We are very pleased that AAA has selected PSMA-SR6 for full development for commercial applications in an area of significant patient need.”