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BioInvent Receives FDA Orphan Designation for BI-1206 for Mantle Cell Lymphoma

LUND, Sweden, Jan. 30, 2019  /PRNewswire/ -- BioInvent International AB (OMXS: BINV) announces today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the Company orphan designation for its proprietary antibody BI-1206 for the treatment of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL).  

Orphan designation is intended to support companies developing treatments that target rare medical conditions and are expected to provide significant therapeutic advantage over existing medicines. The orphan designation from the FDA provides certain incentives to BioInvent, including a 7-year market exclusivity in the U.S once a New Drug Application (NDA) or Biologics License Application (BLA) has been approved, and also availability of grants exclusively for orphan drug products. 

BioInvent is currently conducting a dose escalation, consecutive-cohort, open-label Phase I/IIa study of BI-1206 with approximately 30 patients across sites in the EU and the U.S. The trial evaluates BI-1206 in combination with rituximab in patients with indolent relapsed or refractory B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). MCL is one of the targeted sub-indications, along with follicular lymphoma (FL) and marginal zone lymphoma (MZL).  

"This orphan designation for BI-1206 is very good news for BioInvent, and most importantly for patients suffering from this very serious condition. There is a significant unmet medical need, as there are presently few treatment options for patients suffering from mantle cell lymphoma. We are looking forward to generating data from our Phase I/IIa trial to support the use of BI-1206 in combination with rituximab in this indication," says Martin Welschof, CEO of BioInvent. 

About BioInvent 

BioInvent International AB (OMXS: BINV) is focused on the discovery and development of novel and first-in-class immuno-modulatory antibodies to treat cancer. The Company's lead program is BI-1206, currently in Phase l/ll for non-Hodgkin lymphoma and chronic lymphatic leukemia. BioInvent's pre-clinical portfolio is focused on targeting key immune suppressive cells and pathways of the tumor microenvironment, including regulatory T cells, tumor-associated myeloid cells and mechanisms of antibody drug-resistance. The Company has a strategic research collaboration with Pfizer Inc., and partnerships with Transgene, Bayer Pharma, Daiichi Sankyo, and Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma. BioInvent generates near term revenues from its fully integrated manufacturing unit producing antibodies for third parties for research through to late-stage clinical trials. More information is available at

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