Aura Biosciences Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Provides Clinical Development and Operational Highlights
May 12, 2022 at 16:15 PM EDT
On Track to Meet Multiple Clinical Milestones for AU-011 in 2H 2022: Initiate Pivotal Trial in Choroidal Melanoma, Initiate Phase 1 Trial in Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer, and Submit IND for Choroidal Metastases
Aura Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ: AURA), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing a novel class of virus-like drug conjugate (VDC) therapies for multiple oncology indications, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022, and provided clinical development and operational highlights.
“We continue to advance the AU-011 overall development program and look forward to several upcoming clinical milestones, in the second half of this year,” said Elisabet de los Pinos, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Aura. “We remain on track with our Phase 2 suprachoroidal study in early stage choroidal melanoma and plan to finalize a decision on the route of administration and initiate our pivotal program before the end of the year. Beyond primary choroidal melanoma, we continue to build our ocular oncology franchise and we are on track to file an Investigational New Drug application for choroidal metastases, with pre-clinical data presented at ARVO last week. Lastly, we will be initiating our Phase 1 trial in non-muscle invasive bladder cancer, with multiple clinical sites in the US. While we remain focused on preparing for our pivotal trial in choroidal melanoma, we are also excited by the prospect of leveraging our VDC therapies across multiple oncology indications and providing new treatment options for patients with life threatening cancers.”
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About Aura Biosciences
Aura Biosciences, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing virus-like drug conjugates (VDCs), a novel class of therapies, for the treatment of multiple oncology indications. Aura’s lead VDC candidate, AU-011 (belzupacap sarotalocan), consists of a virus-like particle conjugated with an anti-cancer agent. AU-011 selectively targets and destroys cancer cells and activates the immune system with the potential to create long-lasting anti-tumor immunity. AU-011 is currently in development for ocular cancers, with an ongoing Phase 2 dose escalation clinical trial evaluating first-line treatment of choroidal melanoma, a vision- and life-threatening form of eye cancer where standard of care with radiotherapy leaves patients with severe comorbidities, including major vision loss. Aura plans to develop AU-011 across its ocular oncology franchise including for the treatment of patients with choroidal metastases. In addition, leveraging Aura’s technology platform, Aura is developing AU-011 more broadly across multiple cancers, starting with a planned Phase 1 clinical trial in patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. Aura is headquartered in Cambridge, MA.
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