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Lantern Pharma Receives Certificate of Patent from Japanese Patent Office (JPO) for Composition of Matter Covering Drug Candidate LP-284

  • LP-284 is currently in a Phase 1 clinical trial, having been developed with guidance from Lantern’s AI platform, RADR®, as a potential therapy for relapsed or refractory non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and certain genomically defined sarcomas.
  • LP-284 is the third molecule brought to clinical trials by Lantern Pharma using insights and support from RADR®, Lantern’s AI, machine learning and computational biology platform focused on oncology drug development.
  • Japan is the third country to date where a composition of matter patent has been issued for LP-284.
  • The addition of the new patent further strengthens LP-284’s future clinical development and creates pathways for potential future geographic partnerships.
  • Lantern estimates that LP-284 can have the potential to improve outcomes for 40,000 to 80,000 patients with blood cancers annually, with a global annual market potential of $4 Billion USD.

Lantern Pharma Inc., (NASDAQ: LTRN), an artificial intelligence (“AI”) company developing targeted and transformative cancer therapies using its proprietary RADR® AI and machine learning (“ML”) platform with multiple clinical-stage drug programs, today announced that the Japan Patent Office (JPO) has issued a Certificate of Patent for patent application no. 2021-513267 / registration no. 7489966 directed to Lantern Pharma’s drug candidate LP-284 ((+)N-hydroxy-N-(methylacylfulvene)urea). The Certificate of Patent entitled “Illudin Analogs, Uses Thereof, and Methods for Synthesizing the Same” covers molecule LP-284, including claims covering the new molecular entity. A Certificate of Patent is issued after JPO examinations have confirmed the merits of a patent request. Lantern values the broad protection this latest patent provides.

“The addition of a JPO-issued patent for LP-284 to our intellectual property portfolio strengthens the future of this novel therapeutic for the commercial market and expands the potential for LP-284 to positively impact outcomes for patients with unmet needs in non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas,” said Panna Sharma, CEO and President, Lantern Pharma. “It also supports the use of Lantern’s AI technologies to accelerate the development of novel cancer therapies.”

Lantern previously received a similar patent on LP-284 from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in April 2023, with an expiry in early 2039. Lantern anticipates receiving similar or same patent rights for LP-284 in Europe, China, Australia, Canada, and Korea.

LP-284 has already seen significant success in its progress in the United States. In 2023, the FDA cleared an investigational new drug (IND) application for LP-284, and Lantern Pharma began enrolling patients for a first-in-human Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating LP-284 in patients with relapsed or refractory non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL), including mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) and double hit lymphoma (DHL) and other high-grade B-cell lymphomas (HGBL) as well as other select solid tumors and sarcomas. In mid-March 2024, Lantern announced that the first two patients had been dosed in the Phase 1 clinical trial.

MCL accounts for up to ~5,800 cases of NHL in Japan each year. In the U.S. and Europe, MCL and DHL are diagnosed in a combined ~9,000 patients each year. Nearly all patients diagnosed with MCL will relapse after treatment and LP-284 represents a potential improved novel therapeutic option for treatment of relapsed or recurrent NHL.

LP-284 has also been granted an Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) by the U.S. FDA for the treatment of HGBL, and another for the treatment of MCL. LP-284 is the second drug candidate from Lantern Pharma to receive such designation from the FDA. LP-184— a novel therapeutic in clinical development for the potential treatment of malignant gliomas, pancreatic cancer, and atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors (ATRT)— has also been granted an ODD by the FDA, along with a Rare Pediatric Disease Designation.

About Lantern Pharma:

Lantern Pharma (NASDAQ: LTRN) is an AI company transforming the cost, pace, and timeline of oncology drug discovery and development. Our proprietary AI and machine learning (ML) platform, RADR®, leverages over 60 billion oncology-focused data points and a library of 200+ advanced ML algorithms to help solve billion-dollar, real-world problems in oncology drug development. By harnessing the power of AI and with input from world-class scientific advisors and collaborators, we have accelerated the development of our growing pipeline of therapies that span multiple cancer indications, including both solid tumors and blood cancers and an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) program. On average, our newly developed drug programs have been advanced from initial AI insights to first-in-human clinical trials in 2-3 years and at approximately $1.0 - 2.5 million per program.

Our lead development programs include a Phase 2 clinical program and multiple Phase 1 clinical trials. We have also established a wholly-owned subsidiary, Starlight Therapeutics, to focus exclusively on the clinical execution of our promising therapies for CNS and brain cancers, many of which have no effective treatment options. Our AI-driven pipeline of innovative product candidates is estimated to have a combined annual market potential of over $15 billion USD and have the potential to provide life-changing therapies to hundreds of thousands of cancer patients across the world.

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