B-cell Surface Reactive Antibodies for the Treatment of B-Cell Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) is a cancer characterized by a progressive accumulation of functionally incompetent lymphocytes.  Despite high morbidity and mortality, the only available potential cure is allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHSCST).  However, there is less than a 50% chance of finding a matching bone marrow or blood donor for B-CLL patients.  Other clinically tested targeted therapies such as rituximab and alemtuzumab target both malignant and normal B cells, resulting in immunosuppression.

Available for licensing are fully human monoclonal antibodies that were selected from the first human post-alloHSCT antibody library.  The library was generated from a time point after transplantation at which antibodies to B-CLL cell surface antigens peaked, thus indicating its therapeutic value.  Utilizing phage display, the investigators generated a panel of fully human monoclonal antibodies that strongly bind to the same epitope on a B-CLL cell surface antigen.   Weaker binding to normal B cells, but not to other lymphocytes, was observed.  These fully human monoclonal antibodies provide readily available treatment that selectively targets malignant B cells.

Potential Commercial Applications: Competitive Advantages:
  • B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia therapeutics
  • Method to inhibit the growth of malignant B-cells
  • Method to detect B-cell tumors
  • Selective targeting of malignant B-cell surface antigens that are minimally non-damaging to non-diseased cells
  • Readily available therapeutics without the need for bone marrow or blood transplantation

Development Stage:
Pre-clinical (in vivo)


Christoph Rader (NCI)  ➽ more inventions...

Intellectual Property:
U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/178,688

S Baskar, et al. A human monoclonal antibody drug and target discovery platform for B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia based on allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and phage display. PMID 19667400

Collaboration Opportunity:

Licensing only

Licensing Contact:
John Hewes, Ph.D.
Email: John.Hewes@nih.gov
Phone: 240-276-5515

OTT Reference No: E-163-2009
Updated: Apr 17, 2018