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Seattle Genetics Highlights Novel Antibody-Drug Conjugate (ADC) Technology Advances at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting


Seattle Genetics, Inc. (SGEN) today highlighted novel antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) technology advances presented at the 107th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) being held April 16 through 20, 2016 in New Orleans, LA. Data in multiple presentations demonstrate the company’s leadership and innovation in the field of ADCs. Presentations will showcase a new auristatin-based drug-linker as well as several novel linkers that expand Seattle Genetics’ proprietary ADC technology platform and may enable application of previously inaccessible cytotoxic payloads.

“We have a comprehensive scientific understanding of the multiple components necessary to develop antibody-drug conjugates for the potential treatment of hematologic malignancies and solid tumors,” said Jonathan Drachman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Research and Development at Seattle Genetics. “Our data presentations at the AACR Annual Meeting illustrate novel linker systems and cell-killing payloads as well as continued progress in understanding the chemical and biological properties of ADCs to inform potential future development. We believe ADCs will continue to play an increasingly important role in cancer treatment.”

ADCs are monoclonal antibodies designed to deliver cytotoxic agents selectively to tumor cells. Seattle Genetics has developed proprietary technology employing synthetic cytotoxic agents and stable linker systems that attach these cytotoxic agents to the antibody. Seattle Genetics’ linker systems are designed to be stable in the bloodstream and release the potent cell-killing agent once inside targeted cancer cells. This approach is intended to spare non-targeted cells and thus reduce many of the toxic effects of traditional chemotherapy while enhancing antitumor activity.

Multiple oral and poster presentations are being featured at AACR that highlight Seattle Genetics’ ADC technology advances...