AGOURA HILLS, CA, Dec. 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Oncotelic Therapeutics, Inc. (“Oncotelic” or the “Company”) (OTCQB:OTLC), a leading developer of TGF-β therapeutics for oncology and virology, today announced that the Company’s Chief Clinical Officer and Board Director, Dr. Anthony Maida, will present at the upcoming 2nd Annual TGF-β for Immuno-Oncology Drug Development Summit (tgf-beta-summit.com), which will take place virtually from January 25, 2022 to January 27, 2022.
“There is significant worldwide interest in the clinical application of anti-TGF-β inhibitors, in combination with checkpoint inhibitors, as well as other immuno-oncology and chemotherapeutic options. We look forward to sharing the clinical promise of OT-101 in this setting.” noted Dr. Anthony Maida, Chief Clinical Office – Translational Medicine.
TGF-β has been recognized by drug developers, for many years, as holding vast therapeutic potential due to its vital role in cell functioning and signaling. But its complex nature and its ability to be both tumor promoting and tumor suppressing has presented many obstacles for the industry. However, the field appears to be at a tipping point at present, with more candidates moving through clinical evaluation, pointing to an explosion of new data on the way.
“I am excited that we have the opportunity to join other professionals in the field in January to explore novel insights into targeting TGF-β from discovery through clinical testing, and to learn from fellow colleagues such as Genentech, AbbVie, Takeda, and Mestag Therapeutics.” noted Dr. Vuong Trieu, CEO and Chairman of Oncotelic.
OT-101 is a first-in-class anti-TGF-β ribonucleic acid (“RNA”) therapeutic that has exhibited single agent activity in relapsed/refractory cancer patients in multiple clinical trials. OT-101 has also demonstrated activity against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the virus that causes COVID-19, and is currently being evaluated in the Company’s C001 clinical trial against hospitalized severe COVID-19 patients. Both tumor cells and SARS-Cov-2 induce TGF-β as part of their immune evasion mechanism.
Consequently, inhibiting TGF-β through therapeutic use of OT-101 carries significant potential to help both cancer and COVID patients in the future.
Recent analyst report for Oncotelic can be accessed here: http://www.hillsresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/OTLC-3Q21.pdf
Recent Dr. Anthony Maida interview on our clinical program can be accessed here: https://www.asbestos.com/news/2021/12/07/mesothelioma-trial-covid-19-drug/
About Oncotelic Therapeutics
Oncotelic Therapeutics, Inc. (f/k/a Mateon Therapeutics, Inc.) (“Oncotelic”), was formed in the State of New York in 1988 as OXiGENE, Inc., was reincorporated in the State of Delaware in 1992, and changed its name to Mateon Therapeutics, Inc. in 2016, and Oncotelic Therapeutics, Inc. in November 2020.
Oncotelic is an artificial intelligence driven immuno-oncology company with a robust pipeline of first in class TGF-β immunotherapies for late stage cancers such as gliomas, pancreatic cancer and melanoma. OT-101, the lead immuno-oncology drug candidate of Oncotelic, is a first-in-class anti-TGF-β RNA therapeutic that exhibited single agent activity in relapsed/refractory cancer patients. OT-101 also has shown activity against SARS-CoV-2 and has completed a phase 2 trial against COVID-19 with data cleaning and datalock ongoing. Oncotelic is seeking to leverage its deep expertise in oncology drug development to improve treatment outcomes and survival of cancer patients with a special emphasis on rare pediatric cancers. Oncotelic also has rare pediatric designation for DIPG (OT-101), melanoma (CA4P), and AML (OXi 4503). The Company also acquired PointR Data Inc. (“PointR”) in November 2019.
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