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Prospective Grant of Exclusive License: Use of the Licensed Patent Rights To Develop Fully Human and/or Humanized Monoclonal Antibodies Against IGF-I and/or IGF-II for the Treatment of Human Cancers

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AGENCY:

National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

This is notice, in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 209(c)(1) and 37 CFR part 404.7(a)(1)(i), that the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, is contemplating the grant of an exclusive patent license to practice the inventions embodied in the following U.S. Patent Applications to Systems Medicine, Inc., which is located in Tucson, Arizona.

1. PCT Patent Application No. PCT/US2006/031814 entitled “Human Monoclonal Antibodies that Specifically Bind IGF-II” [HHS Ref. Nos. E-217-2005/0, 1, and 2]; and

2. PCT Application Serial No. PCT/US2007/66180 entitled “Human IGF-I-Specific and IGF-I and IGF-II Cross-Reactive Human Monoclonal Antibodies” [HHS Ref. No. E-336-2005/0].

The patent rights in these inventions have been assigned to the United States of America.

The prospective exclusive license territory may be worldwide and the field of use may be limited to the use of the antibodies and their method of use in the Licensed Patent Rights for the treatment of human cancers

DATES:

Only written comments and/or applications for a license which are received by the NIH Office of Technology Transfer on or before August 11, 2008 will be considered.

ADDRESSES:

Requests for copies of the patent application, inquiries, comments, and other materials relating to the contemplated exclusive license should be directed to: Whitney Hastings, PhD, Technology Licensing Specialist, Office of Technology Transfer, National Institutes of Health, 6011 Executive Boulevard, Suite 325, Rockville, MD 20852-3804; Telephone: (301) 451-7337; Facsimile: (301) 402-0220; E-mail: hastingw@mail.nih.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The type 1 insulin-like growth factor (IGF) receptor (IGF1R) is over-expressed by many tumors and mediates proliferation, motility, and protection from apoptosis. Agents that inhibit IGF1R expression or function can potentially block tumor growth and metastasis. Its major ligand, IGF-II, is over-expressed by multiple tumor types. Previous studies indicate that inhibition of IGF-II binding to its cognizant receptor negatively modulates signal transduction through the IGF pathway and concomitant cell growth. Therefore, use of humanized or fully human antibodies against IGFs represents a valid approach to inhibit tumor growth.

The above identified patent applications relate to the identification of multiple, novel fully human monoclonal antibodies that are specific for IGF-II and do not cross-react with IGF-1 or insulin and identification and characterization of three (3) novel fully human monoclonal antibodies designated m705, m706, and m708, which are specific for insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I. Two (2) of the three (3) antibodies, m705 and m706 are specific for IGF-I and do not cross react with IGF-II and insulin while, m708 cross reacts with IGF-II.

These antibodies can be used to prevent binding of IGF-I to its concomitant receptor IGFIR, consequently, modulating diseases such as cancer. Additional embodiments describe methods for treating various human diseases associated with aberrant cell growth and motility including breast, prostate, and leukemia carcinomas. Thus, these novel antibodies may provide a therapeutic intervention for multiple carcinomas without the negative side effects associated with insulin inhibition.

The prospective exclusive license will be royalty bearing and will comply with the terms and conditions of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR part 404.7. The prospective exclusive license may be granted unless within sixty (60) days from the date of this published notice, the NIH receives written evidence and argument that establishes that the grant of the license would not be consistent with the requirements of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7.

Applications for a license in the field of use filed in response to this notice will be treated as objections to the grant of the contemplated exclusive license. Comments and objections submitted to this notice will not be made available for public inspection and, to the extent permitted by law, will not be released under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552.

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Dated: May 30, 2008.

Steven M. Ferguson,

Director, Division of Technology Development and Transfer, Office of Technology Transfer, National Institutes of Health.

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