FDA Grants Lantern Pharma Additional Orphan Drug Designation for Drug Candidate LP-184 in Glioblastoma Multiforme & Malignant Gliomas

Builds upon recent orphan drug designation (ODD) of LP-184 for the treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

DALLAS, Aug. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Lantern Pharma (NASDAQ: LTRN), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company using its proprietary RADR® artificial intelligence ("A.I.") platform to transform the cost, pace, and timeline of oncology drug discovery and development, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted LP-184 Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and other malignant gliomas. This news follows the recent announcement of the FDA granting LP-184 ODD for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

LP-184 is a small molecule drug candidate and next generation alkylating agent that preferentially damages DNA in cancer cells that over-express certain biomarkers or that harbor mutations in DNA repair pathways. LP-184 is being developed for several targeted indications in cancer, including glioblastoma and pancreatic cancer.

GBM is a rare disease with an overall five-year survival rate of 5%. This means that only approximately 5 in 100 people survive GBM for five years and beyond. In 2020, 12,000 new GBM cases were diagnosed in the U.S. and more than 154,000 new cases were diagnosed worldwide. LP-184 acts by damaging DNA selectively in tumors that express high levels of the enzyme PTGR1. Analyses driven by RADR®, Lantern's proprietary machine learning-based artificial intelligence platform, have identified, in clinical databases, GBMs with elevated PTGR1 expression and harboring defects in DNA damage repair components as a targeted subset of genetically defined patients who could potentially benefit from LP-184-based therapy. According to market analysts at GlobalData, the global GBM market is expected to reach $1.8 billion USD in therapy sales and is growing at a CAGR of 12.8%.

"GBM represents an important, underserved clinical opportunity, with a significant unmet medical need," stated Panna Sharma, President & CEO of Lantern Pharma. "This second Orphan Drug Designation from the FDA for the LP-184 program marks another major milestone and is further validation of the power of our data-driven approach to oncology drug development, aimed at more targeted and effective oncology therapies."

"We recently reported positive preclinical data that demonstrated LP-184 inhibits tumor growth by greater than 106% and improved survival in animal models of GBM," continued Mr. Sharma. "This new data that we reported, in collaboration with the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins, on the efficacy of LP-184 in GBM cell lines, in-vivo animal models, and in patient-derived neurospheres, validated in-silico predictions generated by our RADR® A.I. platform.  We believe LP-184's ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, together with its anti-tumor efficacy and sensitivity correlations with relevant biomarkers, highlight LP-184's potential to be used as both monotherapy as well as a synergistic agent in combination with other drugs to address the unmet needs in GBM and other aggressive central nervous system tumors."

"With our extended and expanded agreement with the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins, we look forward to further advancing the potential of LP-184 as a new, potent treatment option for GBM, especially in areas of unmet clinical need, including MGMT-unmethylated, temozolomide (TMZ)-resistant GBMs, and also EGFR-aberrant or recurrent GBMs, all of which are often associated with poor prognosis and outcome for patients."

The FDA's Office of Orphan Products Development grants orphan status to drugs intended for the safe and effective treatment, diagnosis or prevention of rare diseases or conditions affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the United States. Orphan Drug Designation is designed to provide drug developers with various benefits to support the development of novel drugs, including market exclusivity for seven years upon FDA approval, eligibility for tax credits for qualified clinical trials, waiver of marketing registration application fees, reduced annual product fees, clinical protocol assistance and qualification for expedited development programs.

About Lantern Pharma
Lantern Pharma (LTRN) is a clinical-stage oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company leveraging its proprietary RADR® A.I. platform and machine learning to discover biomarker signatures that identify patients most likely to respond to its pipeline of genomically targeted therapeutics. Lantern is currently developing four drug candidates and an ADC program across eight disclosed tumor targets, including two phase 2 programs. By targeting drugs to patients whose genomic profile identifies them as having the highest probability of benefiting from the drug, Lantern's approach represents the potential to deliver best-in-class outcomes. More information is available at: www.lanternpharma.com and Twitter @lanternpharma.

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