Alpha-9 Oncology Announces First Patient Dosed in Phase 1 Study of A9-3202 in Patients with Locally Advanced or Metastatic Melanoma

BOSTON, Mass. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 2, 2024 — Alpha-9 Oncology (Alpha-9), a clinical stage company developing radiopharmaceuticals for the treatment of cancer patients worldwide, announced today that the first participant has been dosed in the Phase 1 study evaluating 68Ga-A9-3202, a radiodiagnostic targeting melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R) for the imaging of locally advanced or metastatic melanoma. MC1R expression is known to be elevated in malignant melanoma and other types of skin cancers.

The Phase 1 multi-centre study is evaluating the tumour uptake and normal tissue distribution of 68Ga-A9-3202 in participants with locally advanced or metastatic melanoma (ACTRN12624000085572). This new agent, in conjunction with current standard CT or PET/CT imaging, will be used in the future to identify patients suitable to receive a novel radiotherapeutic agent targeting MC1R also developed by Alpha-9.

 “This agent is the first step in our effort to develop radiopharmaceuticals targeting MC1R for the treatment of patients with advanced or metastatic melanoma,” commented Dr. Ovid Trifan, Chief Medical Officer at Alpha-9. “We’re excited to advance our portfolio of molecules further into the clinic.”

About Alpha-9

Alpha-9 Oncology is a clinical stage radiopharmaceutical company developing differentiated and highly targeted radiopharmaceuticals with the potential to meaningfully improve the treatment of people living with cancer. Applying proprietary technologies and deep-foundational expertise, Alpha-9 is on the forefront of engineering bespoke radiopharmaceuticals that are optimized to selectively deliver radiation to tumour sites while minimizing off-target effects. Alpha-9 is advancing a robust pipeline of novel radiopharmaceuticals with a systematic approach to molecule design that offers broad potential for expansion into several validated oncology targets. For more information, please visit

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