BUFFALO, NY--(Marketwired - Apr 16, 2014) - Cleveland BioLabs, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBLI) today announced the achievement of all objectives in a Phase 1 clinical trial of CBL0102, or quinacrine, an orally administered small molecule. The study was performed in patients with advanced cancers for which no standard care exists or which had become resistant to conventional therapies. All patients had tumors involving the liver. 

CBL0102 is the first of a group of compounds identified by CBLI scientists that act by blocking activity of the chromatin remodeling complex, FACT (FAcilitates Chromatin Transcription), resulting in simultaneous modulation of several signal transduction pathways (p53, PI3K/AKT/mTOR, NF-kappaB and heat shock response) that are commonly deregulated in cancer (Guo et al., 2009 and Gurova et al., 2005). CBL0102 is being developed by Incuron, LLC, a joint venture between Bioprocess Capital Ventures and Cleveland BioLabs.

The primary objective of the study was to evaluate for a maximum tolerated dose and dose-limiting toxicities of CBL0102 in patients with advanced cancers. Secondary objectives were to characterize the drug's safety and to profile its pharmacokinetics. The study also assessed for preliminary evidence of CBL0102 antitumor activity. In particular, the study was designed to explore potential effects related to CBL0102's high relative biodistribution into the liver and therefore included only patients with primary or metastatic liver cancers. Patients were enrolled to receive sequentially higher starting doses of CBL0102 in seven cohorts. Study participants were treated with CBL0102 given orally daily. Patients could continue therapy for eight weeks (or longer if they appeared to be benefiting from therapy). 

A total of 32 patients enrolled. Participants had cancers of breast, gastric, hepatic, pancreatic, and colorectal origin. The study successfully achieved both the primary and secondary objectives. CBL0102 was generally well-tolerated and a recommended Phase 2 dose of 400 mg/day was established. The most common adverse events were skin discoloration due to drug accumulation in skin, fatigue, upper abdominal pain, mild to moderate gastrointestinal disorders, and hepatic transaminase elevations, with most events being low grade. The analysis of pharmacokinetics showed that plasma exposures rose with increasing dose and that steady state had been achieved by 15 days of therapy. Liver biopsies were performed in two patients after four weeks of therapy and confirmed much higher liver concentrations of CBL0102 than were present in plasma.

By eight weeks of therapy, a partial tumor regression was recorded in one breast cancer patient, who experienced a 46% reduction in target lesion maximum dimensions. Disease stabilization was observed in four other patients (patients with breast cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, salivary gland cancer, and rectal cancer). In the patient with hepatocellular carcinoma, long-term stabilization was observed for a period of 7.5 months, during which the patient remained on continuous CBL0102 treatment. 

Professor S.A. Tyulyandin, MD, D.Sci., Deputy Director of Clinical Oncology and Director of Clinical Pharmacology and Chemotherapy at the Russian Oncological Scientific Center in Moscow, a leading Russian oncology center was the national coordinator for the study. Dr. Tyulyandin commented, "I believe the favorable tolerability, pharmacological properties and initial signs of efficacy observed in several advanced cancer patients in the trial warrant serious consideration of advancing the development of CBL0102."

Andrey Leonov, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Incuron stated, "We are very encouraged by the outcome of this trial. We are looking to partner CBL0102 for further potential development, as well as support investigator-initiated trials. Moreover, the information derived from this trial of CBL0102 supports the development of our optimized proprietary FACT inhibitor, CBL0137, which is currently being evaluated in the United States and in Russia in ongoing Phase 1 trials assessing both oral and intravenous administration."

A Phase 1/2 study evaluating the safety and efficacy of combination treatment with erlotinib and CBL0102 in Stage IIIB-IV non-small cell lung cancer was recently initiated by the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center in cooperation with the National Cancer Institute (http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01839955?term=quinacrine&rank=1).

CBL0102 was granted Orphan Drug status by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma in October 2012.

About Cleveland BioLabs, Inc.
Cleveland BioLabs, Inc. is an innovative biopharmaceutical company seeking to develop first-in-class pharmaceuticals designed to address diseases with significant medical need. The company's lead product candidates are Entolimod, which is being developed as radiation countermeasure and a potential cancer treatment and Curaxin CBL0137, our lead oncology product candidate. CBL0137 is under development by Incuron, LLC, a joint venture based in the Russian Federation that was founded in 2010 between Russian Closed Mutual Venture Fund "Bioprocess Capital Ventures," and Cleveland BioLabs. Cleveland BioLabs, Inc. conducts business in the United States and in the Russian Federation through its wholly and majority owned operating subsidiaries. The company maintains strategic relationships with the Cleveland Clinic, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and the Children's Cancer Institute Australia for Medical Research. To learn more about Cleveland BioLabs, Inc., please visit the Company's website at http://www.cbiolabs.com. To learn more about Incuron, LLC, please visit the company's website at http://www.incuron.com/.

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