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Download as PDF 62916 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 177 / Tuesday, September 13, 2016 / Notices breast cancer patient’s survival. In this array, SNPs are analyzed from a patient’s genomic DNA (gDNA); the result can be used to predict whether a patient is likely to respond to current breast cancer treatment strategies. This invention can reassure newly diagnosed patients that they have a high probability of responding to treatment and can also identify those patients that require alternative, more aggressive therapeutic strategies. Importantly, this invention has several advantages over the currently-offered gene expressionbased breast cancer prognostic tests. Since this array can be completed following routine blood draw, rather than through a tumor biopsy, the samples are more stable, the process is quicker, simpler, less-invasive, and more cost-effective than current methods. Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Potential Commercial Applications • Identification of patients with higher susceptibility to tumor progression (i.e., metastasis). • Prediction of breast cancer survival (less than 10 years, for example) using array and methods. • Personalization of patient treatment. Value Proposition: Since the array processes DNA from blood rather than tissue from a standard biopsy or resection of a primary tumor, it is faster, simpler, more stable, more costefficient, and less-invasive because gDNA is more stable than tumor mRNA. Development Stage: Pre-clinical (in vivo validation). Inventor(s): Kent W. Hunter, Ph.D. (NCI), Howard H. Yang, Ph.D. (NCI), Maxwell P. Lee, Ph.D. (NCI). Intellectual Property: HHS Reference No. E–082–2015/0–US–01 US Provisional Application 62/ 297,557 (HHS Reference No. E–082– 2015/0–US–01) filed February 19, 2016 entitled ‘‘SNP-Based Assay to Predict Breast Cancer Survival’’. Collaboration Opportunity: Researchers at the NCI seek licensing and/or co-development research collaborations for methods that provide significant improvements in examining additional SNPs for improved prognostics, and to evaluate whether the SNP signature is associated with overall cancer incidence or effective treatment strategies. Contact Information: Requests for copies of the patent application or inquiries about licensing, research collaborations, and co-development opportunities should be sent to John D. Hewes, Ph.D., email hewesj@ mail.nih.gov. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:27 Sep 12, 2016 Jkt 238001 Dated: September 5, 2016. John D. Hewes, Technology Transfer Specialist, Technology Transfer Center, National Cancer Institute. [FR Doc. 2016–21905 Filed 9–12–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Government-Owned Inventions; Availability for Licensing AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, HHS. ACTION: Notice. The invention listed below is owned by an agency of the U.S. Government and is available for licensing and/or co-development in the U.S. in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR part 404 to achieve expeditious commercialization of results of federally-funded research and development. Foreign patent applications are filed on selected inventions to extend market coverage for companies and may also be available for licensing and/or co-development. ADDRESSES: Invention Development and Marketing Unit, Technology Transfer Center, National Cancer Institute, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Mail Stop 9702, Rockville, MD, 20850–9702. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information on licensing and codevelopment research collaborations, and copies of the U.S. patent applications listed below may be obtained by contacting: Attn. Invention Development and Marketing Unit, Technology Transfer Center, National Cancer Institute, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Mail Stop 9702, Rockville, MD, 20850–9702, Tel. 240–276–5515 or Email ncitechtransfer@mail.nih.gov. A signed Confidential Disclosure Agreement may be required to receive copies of the patent applications. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Technology description follows. Title of invention: Immunotoxins with Increased Stability for Cancer Therapy. Keywords: Recombinant Immunotoxin, RIT, Antibody, Mesothelin, Mesothelioma. SUMMARY: Description of Technology Recombinant immunotoxins (RITs) are fusions of an antibody-based targeting moiety and a toxin. Pseudomonas exotoxin A (PE) is a bacterial toxin that has been used in several RITs evaluated in clinical PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 trials.1 2 Once the Fv portion of the immunotoxin binds to its target receptor, the immunotoxin is internalized by endocytosis. Following internalization, Furin cleavage is critically important for proper cytosolic shuttling of the immunotoxin. Early PEcontaining RITs were effective, but also had issues of off-target toxicity. To mitigate off-target toxicity of PE, the inventors removed specific sequences of domain II, and connected the Fv domain to domain III (PE24) by a furin linker peptide. These PE24–RITs are very active and better tolerated by mice. However, the PE24-containing RITs could potentially be cleaved and inactivated before internalization by cell surface furin or other proteases in the bloodstream or the tumor microenvironment, due to the absence of a key disulfide bond (lost after removal of domain II sequences). Researchers at the National Cancer Institute’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology (NCI LMB) developed and isolated several de-immunized, low toxicity, PE24-based RITs with a longer serum half-life. This was enabled by using a disulfide bond to protect the furin cleavage sequence (FCS). Collectively, the new RITs are designated ‘‘DS–PE24’’ immunotoxins. The goal of the disulfide bond is to protect the RIT from cleavage-based deactivation before internalization. The most active of these new RITs has longer serum half-life than an RIT without the disulfide bond, has the same anti-tumor activity, while remaining less cytotoxic in vitro. Currently, the inventors are working with mouse models to further develop the DS–PE24 RITs towards developing an anti-mesothelin RIT for treatment of mesothelin-expressing cancers, such as mesothelioma. Potential Commercial Applications • A more stable cancer therapeutic for currently used PE-coupled RITs, for example, anti-mesothelin PE-based immunotoxins. Value Proposition • Protection of the FCS by a disulfide bond results in more stable RIT, which can lead to fewer off-target effects. Development Stage: In-vivo. Inventor(s): Ira Pastan M.D. (NCI), et al. Intellectual Property: United States Provisional Patent Application 62/ 323,668 (NIH Reference E–157–2016/0– US–01), entitled ‘‘New, More Stable 1 Fitzgerald DJ, Kreitman R, et al. Int J Med Microbiol. 2004;293:577–582. 2 Sampson JH, Akabani G, Archer GE, et al. J Neurooncol. 2003;65(1):27–35. E:\FR\FM\13SEN1.SGM 13SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 177 / Tuesday, September 13, 2016 / Notices Immunotoxin Variants with a Disulfide Bond Protecting the Furin Cleavage Site.’’ Related Technologies • NIH Reference E–262–2005, entitled ‘‘Mutated Pseudomonas Exotoxins with Reduced Antigenicity’’ • NIH Reference E–292–2007, entitled ‘‘Deletions in Domain II of Pseudomonas Exotoxin A that Reduce Non-Specific Toxicity’’ • NIH Reference E–174–2011, entitled ‘‘Pseudomonas Exotoxin A with Less Immunogenic T-Cell and/or B-Cell Epitopes’’ • NIH Reference E–263–2011, entitled ‘‘Pseudomonas Exotoxin A with Less Immunogenic B-Cell Epitopes’’ Collaboration Opportunity: Researchers at the NCI seek parties interested in licensing DS–PE24 RITs. Contact Information: Requests for copies of the patent application or inquiries about licensing, research collaborations, and co-development opportunities should be sent to John D. Hewes, Ph.D., email: john.hewes@ nih.gov. Dated: September 5, 2016. 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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

National Institutes of Health


Government-Owned Inventions; Availability for Licensing

AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The invention listed below is owned by an agency of the U.S. 
Government and is available for licensing and/or co-development in the 
U.S. in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR part 404 to achieve 
expeditious commercialization of results of federally-funded research 
and development. Foreign patent applications are filed on selected 
inventions to extend market coverage for companies and may also be 
available for licensing and/or co-development.

ADDRESSES: Invention Development and Marketing Unit, Technology 
Transfer Center, National Cancer Institute, 9609 Medical Center Drive, 
Mail Stop 9702, Rockville, MD, 20850-9702.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information on licensing and co-
development research collaborations, and copies of the U.S. patent 
applications listed below may be obtained by contacting: Attn. 
Invention Development and Marketing Unit, Technology Transfer Center, 
National Cancer Institute, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Mail Stop 9702, 
Rockville, MD, 20850-9702, Tel. 240-276-5515 or Email 
ncitechtransfer@mail.nih.gov. A signed Confidential Disclosure 
Agreement may be required to receive copies of the patent applications.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Technology description follows.
    Title of invention: Immunotoxins with Increased Stability for 
Cancer Therapy.
    Keywords: Recombinant Immunotoxin, RIT, Antibody, Mesothelin, 
Mesothelioma.

Description of Technology

    Recombinant immunotoxins (RITs) are fusions of an antibody-based 
targeting moiety and a toxin. Pseudomonas exotoxin A (PE) is a 
bacterial toxin that has been used in several RITs evaluated in 
clinical trials.1 2 Once the Fv portion of the immunotoxin 
binds to its target receptor, the immunotoxin is internalized by 
endocytosis. Following internalization, Furin cleavage is critically 
important for proper cytosolic shuttling of the immunotoxin. Early PE-
containing RITs were effective, but also had issues of off-target 
toxicity.
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    \1\ Fitzgerald DJ, Kreitman R, et al. Int J Med Microbiol. 
2004;293:577-582.
    \2\ Sampson JH, Akabani G, Archer GE, et al. J Neurooncol. 
2003;65(1):27-35.
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    To mitigate off-target toxicity of PE, the inventors removed 
specific sequences of domain II, and connected the Fv domain to domain 
III (PE24) by a furin linker peptide. These PE24-RITs are very active 
and better tolerated by mice. However, the PE24-containing RITs could 
potentially be cleaved and inactivated before internalization by cell 
surface furin or other proteases in the bloodstream or the tumor 
microenvironment, due to the absence of a key disulfide bond (lost 
after removal of domain II sequences).
    Researchers at the National Cancer Institute's Laboratory of 
Molecular Biology (NCI LMB) developed and isolated several de-
immunized, low toxicity, PE24-based RITs with a longer serum half-life. 
This was enabled by using a disulfide bond to protect the furin 
cleavage sequence (FCS). Collectively, the new RITs are designated 
``DS-PE24'' immunotoxins. The goal of the disulfide bond is to protect 
the RIT from cleavage-based deactivation before internalization. The 
most active of these new RITs has longer serum half-life than an RIT 
without the disulfide bond, has the same anti-tumor activity, while 
remaining less cytotoxic in vitro. Currently, the inventors are working 
with mouse models to further develop the DS-PE24 RITs towards 
developing an anti-mesothelin RIT for treatment of mesothelin-
expressing cancers, such as mesothelioma.

Potential Commercial Applications

     A more stable cancer therapeutic for currently used PE-
coupled RITs, for example, anti-mesothelin PE-based immunotoxins.

Value Proposition

     Protection of the FCS by a disulfide bond results in more 
stable RIT, which can lead to fewer off-target effects.
    Development Stage: In-vivo.
    Inventor(s): Ira Pastan M.D. (NCI), et al.
    Intellectual Property: United States Provisional Patent Application 
62/323,668 (NIH Reference E-157-2016/0-US-01), entitled ``New, More 
Stable

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Immunotoxin Variants with a Disulfide Bond Protecting the Furin 
Cleavage Site.''

Related Technologies

 NIH Reference E-262-2005, entitled ``Mutated Pseudomonas 
Exotoxins with Reduced Antigenicity''
 NIH Reference E-292-2007, entitled ``Deletions in Domain II of 
Pseudomonas Exotoxin A that Reduce Non-Specific Toxicity''
 NIH Reference E-174-2011, entitled ``Pseudomonas Exotoxin A 
with Less Immunogenic T-Cell and/or B-Cell Epitopes''
 NIH Reference E-263-2011, entitled ``Pseudomonas Exotoxin A 
with Less Immunogenic B-Cell Epitopes''
    Collaboration Opportunity: Researchers at the NCI seek parties 
interested in licensing DS-PE24 RITs.
    Contact Information: Requests for copies of the patent application 
or inquiries about licensing, research collaborations, and co-
development opportunities should be sent to John D. Hewes, Ph.D., 
email: john.hewes@nih.gov.

    Dated: September 5, 2016.
John D. Hewes,
Technology Transfer Specialist, Technology Transfer Center, National 
Cancer Institute.
[FR Doc. 2016-21906 Filed 9-12-16; 8:45 am]
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