Technology ID

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

Lead Inventor
Rader, Christoph (NCI)
Baskar, Sivasubramanian (NCI)
Suschak, Jessica (NCI)
Samija, Ivan (NCI)
Bishop, Michael (NCI)
Therapeutic Areas
Development Stages
Pre-clinical (in vivo)
Lead IC

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.

Competitive Advantages:

  • 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

Commercial Applications:

  • B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia therapeutics
  • Method to inhibit the growth of malignant B-cells
  • Method to detect B-cell tumors
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