Eleven Biotherapeutics to Present New Preclinical Data at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2017

Single-agent and Combination Data Support Clinical Development Plan

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--()--Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:EBIO), a late-stage clinical oncology company advancing a broad pipeline of novel product candidates based on its Targeting Protein Therapeutics (TPTs) platform, today announced that it will present preclinical data supporting the ongoing development of its locally- and systemically-administered drug candidates at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2017, taking place April 1-5, 2017 in Washington D.C.

“The presentations at AACR speak to the potential of our locally- and systemically-administered TPTs to provide patients with new therapeutic options that offer improvements over existing antibody drug conjugates (ADCs), both in combination with existing checkpoint inhibitors and as single agents,” said Stephen Hurly, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eleven Biotherapeutics. “We are particularly excited by the preclinical data with VB4-845, the active pharmaceutical ingredient used to formulate Vicinium™ and Proxinium™. These results support prior findings regarding the compound’s dual mechanism of action, demonstrating that it activates an immunogenic cell death (ICD) pathway and promotes a local anti-tumor immune response. This, in turn, suggests that VB4-845 may improve the efficacy of existing checkpoint inhibitors. Looking ahead, we plan to use these data to guide our clinical strategy as we explore additional opportunities to develop our medicines for the treatment of cancer.”

Details of the poster presentations are as follows:

Title: VB4-845 tumor cell killing in a combination study with the anti-PD-1, nivolumab
Date & Time: Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET
Session Category: Immunology
Session Title: T-cell Immunity to Cancer: New Progress
Presenter: Dillon, R.L.
Abstract Number: 614
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Poster Section 26
Summary: This study evaluated the ability of VB4-845-mediated cell killing to elicit ICD and the effect of VB4-845-mediated cell killing when combined with the checkpoint inhibitor nivolumab in PDX tumor-bearing NOG mice. VB4-845 showed growth suppression of the injected tumor; growth inhibition of the contralateral, non-injected tumor was more pronounced with the addition of nivolumab. These data suggest that VB4-845 mediates tumor cell killing via an ICD pathway, and that the resulting cross-priming effect can enhance the anti-tumoral activity of immune checkpoint inhibitors.

Title: Trastuzumab and C6.5 diabody armed with deBougnanin overcome drug resistance to ADCs comprised of anti-microtubule agents
Date & Time: Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET
Session Category: Experimental and Molecular Therapeutics
Session Title: Antibody Technology
Presenter: Chooniedass, S.
Abstract Number: 79
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Poster Section 3
Summary: This study explored the differentiating mechanism of action of deBouganin, a de-immunized form of the ribosome inactivating protein bouganin. Data showed that treatment with chemotherapeutic agents or antibody drug conjugates comprised of small molecule compounds can lead to a subpopulation of drug-resistant tumor cells with cross-resistance to both similar agents, as well as to unrelated compounds, potentially leading to future treatment failures. In contrast, antibodies and antibody fragments armed with deBouganin can overcome these mechanisms of resistance and may therefore represent a more effective treatment option.

About Eleven Biotherapeutics

Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. is a late-stage clinical oncology company advancing a broad pipeline of novel product candidates based upon the Company's TPT platform. The Company's TPTs incorporate a tumor-targeting antibody fragment and a protein cytotoxic payload into a single protein molecule in order to achieve focused tumor cell killing. The Company believes its TPT approach offers significant advantages in treating cancer over existing antibody drug conjugate technologies. The Company believes its TPTs provide effective tumor targeting with broader cancer cell-killing properties than are achievable with small molecule payloads that require tumor cell proliferation and face multi-drug resistance mechanisms. Additionally, the Company believes that its TPT's cancer cell-killing properties promote an anti-tumor immune response that will potentially combine well with immune oncology drugs such as checkpoint inhibitors. For more information please refer to the Company's website at www.elevenbio.com.

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