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Naxitamab Receives Positive Opinion for Orphan Medicinal Product Designation Approval in the EU

Oct 23, 2018

NEW YORK, Oct. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Y-mAbs Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company” or “Y-mAbs”) (Nasdaq:YMAB) today announced that the Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (“COMP”) of the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) has recommended the granting of orphan medicinal product designation (“OMPD”) in the European Union (“EU”) for naxitamab, one of the Company’s lead product candidates, for the treatment of relapsed or refractory high-risk neuroblastoma. The positive opinion from the EMA's COMP has been sent to the European Commission (“EC”), which is expected to grant the orphan drug designation within 30 days.

Obtaining OMPD for naxitamab is part of an overall plan to expand the Company’s European development program and ultimately obtain orphan drug exclusivity to protect naxitamab in the EU for the treatment of relapsed or refractory high-risk neuroblastoma.

Under the EMA’s Regulation (EC) No. 141/2000 an orphan medicinal product designation gives companies access to protocol assistance and guidance on preparing a dossier that will meet European regulatory requirements and thereby maximize the chance of success at the time of marketing authorization. Once approved, an orphan drug is also granted 10 years of market exclusivity during which directly competitive similar products cannot normally be placed on the market.

The EMA grants orphan medicinal product designation based upon several criteria: the life threatening and debilitating nature of the condition; the medical plausibility of the proposed orphan indication; a prevalence in Europe of less than 5 cases for each 10,000 of population; no satisfactory method of diagnosis, prevention or treatment exists or if such method exists the medicinal product will be of significant benefit to those affected by that condition.

Y-mAbs Founder, President and Head of Business Development and Strategy, Thomas Gad said, “We are very pleased that the COMP has issued a positive opinion for orphan drug designation to naxitamab which will give us a string of development incentives.”

Dr. Claus Møller, Chief Executive Officer, further notes, “The orphan designation strengthens our opportunity to bring naxitamab to patients who desperately need alternative methods of treatment. Further, the designation marks a substantial milestone in Y-mAbs’ expansion into European development.”

About Y-mAbs:

Y-mAbs is a late-stage clinical biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel, antibody-based therapeutic products for the treatment of cancer. The Company has a broad and advanced product pipeline, including two pivotal-stage product candidates—naxitamab and omburtamab—which target tumors that express GD2 and B7-H3, respectively.

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