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Idera Presents Preclinical Data at AACR Showing IMO-8400 Inhibits Tumor Growth and Survival Signaling in B-cell Lymphoma Cells with Oncogenic MYD88 L265P Mutation

Companies mentioned in this article: Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDRA) today presented new preclinical data demonstrating the ability of its Toll-like receptor (TLR) antagonist, IMO-8400, to inhibit the survival and proliferation of B-cell lymphoma cells harboring the oncogenic MYD88 L265P genetic mutation. These data add to the growing body of research which supports the Company’s efforts to develop IMO-8400 for the treatment of genetically defined forms of B-cell lymphoma. The findings were presented today in a poster session titled “Immune Modulatory Agents and Interventions” at the 2014 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.

The data presented today at AACR build upon reports from several independent investigators and provide additional evidence that the MYD88 L265P mutation, which is present in certain B-cell lymphomas, results in over-activation of TLR7 and TLR9 mediated signaling. Blocking these TLRs leads to tumor cell death. IMO-8400, a first-in-class synthetic oligonucleotide-based antagonist of TLRs 7, 8, and 9, is in clinical development for the treatment of patients with Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia and patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) who harbor the MYD88 L265P mutation.

In the presentation, entitled “IMO-8400, a selective antagonist of TLRs 7, 8 and 9, inhibits MYD88 L265P mutation-driven signaling and cell survival: A potential novel approach for treatment of B-cell lymphomas harboring MYD88 L265P mutation,” Idera observed that the knockdown of TLR7 and TLR9 expression in DLBCL cells with the MYD88 L265P mutation led to decreased cell signaling, and inhibition of cell survival, consistent with previous reports of other investigators. In the experiments presented today, treatment of DLBCL cells expressing the MYD88 L265P mutation with IMO-8400 led to cell death and decreased proliferative cell signaling. Key signaling pathways inhibited include IRAK-1, IRAK-4, BTK, STAT-3, Iκ-Bα, and NFκ-B. Treatment with IMO-8400 also inhibited growth of established tumors of human DLBCL cells harboring the MYD88 L265P mutation in a mouse model. In addition, treatment with IMO-8400 of Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia cells expressing the MYD88 L265P mutation led to similar negative effects on cell signaling and survival.

"These preclinical data provide evidence that upstream blockade of the TLR signaling pathway can limit the proliferative effect of the oncogenic MYD88 L265P mutation. Blocking activation of this pathway via TLR antagonism represents a novel and promising approach to treating multiple B-cell lymphomas characterized by MYD88 L265P, when compared to the downstream inhibition of specific proteins," stated Lou Brenner, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Idera Pharmaceuticals. "We have carved out a distinct position for IMO-8400 in the clinical development landscape for potential therapies to treat genetically defined forms of B-cell lymphoma and feel that this preclinical data provides additional support for our ongoing efforts.”

“IMO-8400 has been well tolerated in a recently completed clinical proof-of-concept trial in patients with psoriasis, with a treatment duration of up to twelve weeks, and has shown clinical activity,” said Sudhir Agrawal, D. Phil, Chief Executive Officer of Idera Pharmaceuticals. “With the accumulated clinical data on IMO-8400 and the preclinical data presented today, we have a strong foundation to accelerate clinical development in patients with B-cell lymphomas harboring the MYD88 L265P mutation.”

Idera has opened enrollment in a Phase 1/2 trial of IMO-8400 designed to evaluate IMO-8400’s safety, tolerability and potential clinical activity in patients with Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia who are refractory to prior therapies. The Company anticipates that patient treatment in this trial will begin in the second quarter of 2014. Idera has also submitted a separate protocol to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct a Phase 1/2 trial in patients with DLBCL who harbor the MYD88 L265P mutation.

A copy of the presentation, entitled “IMO-8400, a selective antagonist of TLRs 7, 8 and 9, inhibits MYD88 L265P mutation-driven signaling and cell survival: A potential novel approach for treatment of B-cell lymphomas harboring MYD88 L265P mutation" (Abstract #2570), is available at the following link:

About IMO-8400

Idera’s TLR antagonist drug candidates have been created using a proprietary chemistry-based drug discovery platform. IMO-8400 is a first-in-class synthetic oligonucleotide-based antagonist of TLRs 7, 8, and 9. IMO-8400 has shown activity in preclinical models of autoimmune diseases, including psoriasis, lupus, and arthritis. IMO-8400 has been well-tolerated in a Phase 1 trial in 42 healthy subjects at single and multiple escalating doses up to 0.6 mg/kg for four weeks, and has shown inhibition of immune responses mediated by TLRs 7, 8, and 9. In addition, recently announced top-line data from a Phase 2 trial demonstrated that IMO-8400 was well-tolerated and showed evidence of clinical activity in patients with psoriasis who were treated at doses of up to 0.3 mg/kg/week for 12 weeks. Idera is pursuing clinical development of IMO-8400 in genetically defined forms of B-cell lymphoma, including Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, and orphan autoimmune diseases, including polymyositis and dermatomyositis.

About Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Idera Pharmaceuticals is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing a novel therapeutic approach for the treatment of genetically defined forms of B-cell lymphoma and orphan autoimmune diseases. Idera’s proprietary technology involves creating novel nucleic acid therapeutics designed to inhibit over-activation of Toll-like Receptors (TLRs). In addition to its TLR programs, Idera is developing gene silencing oligonucleotides that it has created using its proprietary technology to inhibit the production of disease-associated proteins by targeting RNA.

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