Harris & Harris Group Portfolio Company, Mersana Therapeutics, Announces FDA Clearance of IND Application for Lead Antibody-Drug Conjugate XMT-1522

NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Harris & Harris Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:TINY), an investor in transformative companies enabled by disruptive science, notes the announcement by its portfolio company, Mersana Therapeutics, Inc., that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the company’s Investigational New Drug (IND) application to begin Phase 1 clinical trials for its lead oncology drug candidate XMT-1522.  The compound is Mersana’s first pipeline product and defines a new class of HER2-targeted therapies.

The drug is being co-developed with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, and, as part of that agreement, Mersana will receive a $20 million milestone payment based on FDA clearance of this IND.  In February, Takeda, through its wholly owned subsidiary Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc., entered into a strategic partnership with Mersana to co-develop XMT-1522, and Mersana will lead execution of the Phase 1 trial.  Mersana will retain full commercial rights in the United States and Canada while Takeda will have rights in rest of world.

Mersana’s press release can be viewed at http://www.mersana.com/news/mersana-announces-fda-clearance-ind-application-lead-antibody-drug-conjugate-xmt-1522.

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