ATNM Stock: Why It Increased Today

By Annie Baker ● Sep 15, 2021
  • The stock price of Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE AMERICAN: ATNM) increased today. This is why it happened.

The stock price of Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE AMERICAN: ATNM) increased today. Investors are responding positively to Actinium Pharmaceuticals announcing that it has completed enrollment of the pivotal Phase 3 SIERRA trial for Iomab-B, an Antibody Radiation Conjugate (ARC) comprised of apamistamab, a CD45 targeting antibody, and the radioisotope iodine-131. 

The SIERRA trial is a 150-patient, randomized and controlled study conducted at 24 leading bone marrow transplant centers in the United States and Canada. And SIERRA is the only randomized Phase 3 trial to offer bone marrow transplant (BMT) to patients with active, relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) age 55 and above — which is the only curative treatment option for this patient population.

Actinium is expecting to present data updates from the SIERRA trial in the fourth quarter of 2021 and to announce topline data for the primary endpoint of 6-month durable Complete Remission (dCR) in mid-2022. This data is expected to support registration of a Biologics License Application (BLA) for Iomab-B.

Iomab-B SIERRA Engraftment and Safety Data and Highlights Through 75% Enrollment

(presented at the 2021 Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Annual Meeting)

– 100% (49/49) BMT access and engraftment rate for patients receiving a therapeutic dose of Iomab-B compared to 18% (10/57) of the patients receiving physician’s choice of salvage therapy on the control arm

– 79% (89/113) of all patients enrolled on SIERRA were able to proceed to BMT despite being a patient population not considered eligible for BMT with standard approaches due to crossover

– Iomab-B delivers high amounts of targeted radiation to the bone marrow with a minimal impact on other organs resulting in lower rates and severity of adverse events

KEY QUOTES:

“As an investigator in the SIERRA trial, I believe it is an important trial in the field of bone marrow transplant, as Iomab-B represents a potentially significant advancement for BMT conditioning. Having spent my career working to expand the use of transplant and improve patient outcomes, I know firsthand the value a targeted conditioning agent like Iomab-B can offer patients and transplant physicians. Given Iomab-B’s targeted nature, it has demonstrated the ability to produce effective myeloablation, even in patients with high disease burden, while also being well tolerated. This has shown to enable more patients, including those with significant comorbidities, to access bone marrow transplant and successfully engraft.”

— Dr. Sergio Giralt, Deputy Division Head, Division of Hematologic Malignancies; Melvin Berlin Family Chair in Multiple Myeloma

“We are thrilled that the SIERRA trial is now fully enrolled. Since joining Actinium last November, I have ensured our clinical, CMC and supply chain teams have been entirely focused on execution and on achieving this important milestone. Iomab-B was developed to address the significant unmet need of patients who could benefit and possibly be cured of their blood cancer with a bone marrow transplant but could not receive a transplant because non-targeted conditioning regimens could not produce a remission or are too toxic in this patient population. We are confident that Iomab-B will squarely addresses this unmet need given its targeted nature and ability to deliver high amounts of radiation directly to the bone marrow resulting in myeloablation while sparing healthy organs. The SIERRA trial was designed to evaluate the rate of dCR of at least six months in patients receiving Iomab-B and a BMT to those receiving salvage chemotherapy. With enrollment complete, we will turn our focus towards preparing a BLA submission with the goal of making Iomab-B available to the patients as soon as possible after receiving the topline results from the SIERRA trial. We sincerely thank the patients, their families, caregivers, staff and investigators that participated in this important study.”

— Dr. Avinash Desai, Actinium’s Executive Vice President, Clinical Development, Operations

“Completion of SIERRA enrollment is a major milestone for Actinium. It has been exciting seeing the trial conclude with strong momentum under Dr. Desai’s leadership. Through strong interactions with our sites, our revitalized clinical team has been able to successfully surmount obstacles that arose from the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and recruit the last 25% of patients faster than any previous cohort of patients. Their performance is a testament that our execution has never been stronger. We are eager to present additional data from SIERRA later this year and look forward to reporting topline data next year. As we look ahead, our team will be actively preparing a BLA to support regulatory approval of Iomab-B in patients with active r/r AML and executing market access and pre-commercial activities to support a potential U.S. launch.”

“In addition, we will explore opportunities to expand the use of Iomab-B in other indications to support our targeted conditioning strategic business unit vision. Given that Iomab-B is the only CD45 targeting agent in clinical development, and that CD45 is expressed in all blood cancers, we believe there is a significant market opportunity. This multi-indication opportunity excites us as our commercial efforts would target a concentrated number of transplant centers and physicians that we believe will result in significant operating leverage. Beyond targeted conditioning, we will continue to leverage our targeted radiotherapy expertise, particularly in the field in the field of Actinium-225 based alpha therapies, to be at the forefront of innovation focused on bringing value to patients and investors.”

— Sandesh Seth, Actinium’s Chairman and CEO

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