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Galectin Therapeutics Stock Is Trading Higher After Belapectin-Pembrolizumab Combo Study Shows Enhanced Tumor Response

Galectin Therapeutics Stock Is Trading Higher After Belapectin-Pembrolizumab Combo Study Shows Enhanced Tumor Response
  • Galectin Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: GALT) has announced that a paper in the peer-reviewed Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer (JITC) published data from an ongoing Phase 1 trial evaluating Galectin's belapectin in head & neck cancer, lung cancer, and melanoma.
  • The study assessing belapectin combined with Merck's & Co's (NYSE: MRK) Keytruda (pembrolizumab) is being conducted to collaborate between Galectin and Providence Cancer Institute in Portland.
  • As previously disclosed, an objective response of 50% in advanced metastatic melanoma and 33% in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma patients was observed in the study.
  • It compares favorably to published response rates on pembrolizumab alone.
  • The publication also noted that the combination was associated with fewer immune-mediated adverse events than anticipated with pembrolizumab alone.
  • Besides, the patient's tumor tissue analysis showed reduced monocytic myeloid-derived suppressor cells and increased effector memory T-cell activation in responders compared with non-responders.
  • An increase in baseline expression of galectin-3 positive tumor cells correlated with clinical response was also seen.
  • Belapectin (GR-MD-02) is a complex carbohydrate drug that targets galectin-3, a critical protein in NASH and fibrosis's pathogenesis. The company believes Galectin-3 has a significant role in cancer as well.
  • The drug candidate binds to galectin-3 and disrupts its function.
  • Price Action: GALT shares are up 24.3% at $2.69 in the premarket session on the last check Wednesday.

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