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UTRECHT, The Netherlands and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Merus N.V. (Nasdaq: MRUS) (“Merus”, “the Company”, “we”, or “our”), a clinical-stage oncology company developing innovative, full-length multispecific antibodies (Biclonics® and Triclonics®), today announced the company’s selection for oral presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, being held virtually June 4-8, 2021.
The presentation highlights updated interim clinical data for the targeted bispecific antibody, zenocutuzumab (Zeno), in NRG1 fusion positive (NRG1+) cancers. Merus is currently recruiting patients into the phase 1/2 eNRGy trial to assess the safety and anti-tumor activity of Zeno monotherapy in NRG1+ cancers.
Title: Efficacy and safety of zenocutuzumab in advanced pancreas cancer and other solid tumors harboring NRG1 fusions
Lead Author: Alison Schram, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY
Abstract #: 3003
Session Title: Developmental Therapeutics—Molecularly Targeted Agents and Tumor Biology
Session Date and Time: June 4, 2021, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM EDT
The abstract will be available on May 19 at 5:00 pm. ET and the presentation, with an updated interim analysis of the currently enrolled population, will be broadcasted during the Developmental Therapeutics—Molecularly Targeted Agents and Tumor Biology session on June 4 from 11:00-2:00 ET, both on the ASCO Meeting Library. It will also be available on the Merus website shortly after the live presentation.
Zeno is an antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC)-enhanced Biclonics® that utilizes the Merus Dock & Block® mechanism to inhibit the neuregulin/HER3 tumor-signaling pathway in solid tumors with NRG1 gene fusions (NRG1+). Through its unique mechanism of binding to HER2 and potently blocking the interaction of HER3 with its ligand NRG1 or NRG1-fusion proteins, Zeno has the potential to be particularly effective against NRG1+ cancers. In preclinical studies, Zeno also potently inhibits HER2/HER3 heterodimer formation and tumor growth in models harboring NRG1 fusions.
Learn more about Zeno Dock & Block® at https://merus.nl/technology/.
About Merus N.V.
Merus is a clinical-stage oncology company developing innovative full-length human bispecific and trispecific antibody therapeutics, referred to as Multiclonics®. Multiclonics® are manufactured using industry standard processes and have been observed in preclinical and clinical studies to have several of the same features of conventional human monoclonal antibodies, such as long half-life and low immunogenicity. For additional information, please visit Merus’ website, http://www.merus.nl and https://twitter.com/MerusNV.
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