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Mereo BioPharma Announces the Presentation of Updated Data From a Phase 1b/2 Study of Etigilimab as a Poster at the 2022 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting

Phase 1b/2 Study of Etigilimab and Nivolumab in Subjects with Select Locally Advanced or Metastatic Solid Tumors (ACTIVATE)

1 Complete Response (CR), 2 Partial Responses (PR) and 9 cases of Stable Diseases (SD) as of the February 10, 2022 abstract deadline

Additional data to be presented during the poster presentation at ASCO 2022

Etigilimab safe and well tolerated, no new safety signals

London and Redwood City, Calif., May 26, 2022 - Mereo BioPharma Group plc (NASDAQ: MREO), “Mereo” or “the Company”, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology and rare diseases, today announced the presentation of interim clinical data from its Phase 1b/2 Study of Etigilimab and Nivolumab in Subjects with Select Locally Advanced or Metastatic Solid Tumors in a poster at the 2022 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting taking place June 3 – 7, 2022 in Chicago IL.

“We are very pleased that the interim results from our ACTIVATE study have been accepted for presentation at ASCO,” said Dr. Denise Scots-Knight, Chief Executive Officer of Mereo. “We are encouraged by the results reported as of the cut off date for the abstract, especially the early efficacy noted in cervical cancer, where we have seen one patient with a complete response, one with a partial response and one with stable disease, as well as the uveal melanoma arm where we saw three patients achieving stable disease with over 20 weeks of treatment. We look forward to sharing the updated data in our ASCO presentation with the oncology community.”

At the time of the February 10, ASCO abstract deadline, of the 27 efficacy-evaluable subjects with minimum of 1 staging scan or radiological/clinical progression, 12 subjects had a clinical benefit with 1 CR, 2 PRs and 9 SDs and 15 subjects had radiological/clinical progression, with an overall response rate (ORR) of 11% and disease control rate (DCR) of 44%. The combination of etigilimab and nivolumab has been safe and well tolerated, with no new safety signals observed to-date.

Details of the data presentation are as follows:

Abstract Title: A Phase 1b/2 Study of Etigilimab and Nivolumab in Subjects with Select Locally Advanced or Metastatic Solid Tumors (ACTIVATE)
Session Date & Time: Sunday, June 5 at 9AM ET
Session Title: Developmental Therapeutics—Immunotherapy
Abstract ID: 2651
Poster: 305

About Mereo BioPharma
Mereo BioPharma is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative therapeutics that aim to improve outcomes for oncology and rare diseases and plans to commercialize selected rare disease programs. The Company has developed a portfolio of six clinical stage product candidates. Mereo’s lead oncology product candidate, etigilimab (anti-TIGIT), has advanced into an open label Phase 1b/2 basket study evaluating anti-TIGIT in combination with an anti-PD-1 in a range of tumor types including three rare tumors and three gynecological carcinomas, cervical, ovarian, and endometrial carcinomas. The Company’s second oncology product, navicixizumab, for the treatment of late line ovarian cancer, has completed a Phase 1 study and has been partnered with OncXerna Therapeutics, Inc., formerly Oncologie, Inc. The Company has two rare disease product candidates, alvelestat for the treatment of severe Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) and Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome (BOS), and setrusumab for the treatment of osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). Alvelestat has received U.S. Orphan Drug Designation for the treatment of AATD and positive top-line data were recently reported from a Phase 2 proof-of-concept study in North America, Europe and the UK. The Company’s partner, Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Inc., has initiated a pivotal Phase 2/3 pediatric study in young adults (5-25 years old) for setrusumab in OI and expects to initiate a study in pediatric patients (2-5 years old) in the second half of 2022.

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Mereo BioPharma Contacts:




+44 (0)333 023 7300

Denise Scots-Knight, Chief Executive Officer


Christine Fox, Chief Financial Officer


Burns McClellan (Investor Relations Adviser to Mereo)


+01 212 213 0006

Lee Roth





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