A.M.S. Mayer, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology

Department of Pharmacology
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Midwestern University
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Downers Grove, IL 60515


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E-mail: amayer@midwestern.edu

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As of April 2016, shown below are the marine-derived compounds which have been FDA-approved or are in Phase III, II or I of drug development and are part of the global marine pharmaceutical clinical pipeline since the review published by A.M.S. Mayer, K.B. Glaser, C. Cuevas, R.S. Jacobs, W. Kem, R.D. Little, J. M McIntosh, D.J. Newman, B.C. Potts and D. E. Shuster, Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, 31:255-265, 2010 ).

Please note: Currently all trials for PSMA-ADC, DEDN6526A, DMUC5754 have either been completed or are no longer active as listed in clinical trials.gov; however, these assets are still listed in company pipelines.

(FDA Approved Year)
US - Active Clinical
Europe - Active Clinical
Chinese - Active Clinical
FDA-Approved Trabectedin

Tunicate Alkaloid Minor groove of DNA [19+] [23+] None Cancer: Soft Tissue Sarcoma and Ovarian Cancer [Pharmamar]
Brentuximab vedotin
ADC(MMAE) CD30 & microtubules [58+] [17+] None Cancer: Anaplastic large T-cell systemic maglinant lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease [Seattle Genetics]
Eribulin Mesylate (E7389) Halaven®
Sponge Macrolide Microtubules [40+] [9+] None Cancer: Metastatic Breast Cancer [Eisai Inc.]
Omega-3-acid ethyl esters Lovaza®
Fish Omega-3 fatty acids Trygliceride-synthesizing enzymes [11+] [1+] [12+] Hypertriglyceridemia [GlaxoSmithKline]
Ziconotide Prialt®
Cone snail Peptode DNA polmerase [2+] [2+] None Pain: Severe Chronic Pain [Jazz Pharmaceuticals]
Sponge Nucleoside Viral DNA polymerase [74+] [2+] None Antiviral: Herpes Simplex Virus No Link
Sponge Nucleoside DNA polmerase [273+] [121+] [7823+] Cancer:Leukemia [Bedford Laboratories]
Phase III
NA Fungus Diketopiperazine Microtubules [1+] None None Cancer: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Brain Tumor [BeyondSpring Pharmaceuticals]
Plitidepsin Aplidin® Tunicate Depsipeptide Rac1 & JNK activation [1+] [4+] None Cancer: Multiple Myeloma, Leukemia, Lymphoma [Pharmamar]
Squalamine Lactate
NA Dogfish Shark Aminosterol Growth factors of
[12+] [1+] None Neovascular Diseases: Macular Degeneration [Ohr Pharmaceutical Inc]
Tetrodotoxin Tectin® Pufferfish Guanidinium alkaloid Sodium Channel [2+] None [1+] Pain: Chronic Pain [Wex Pharmaceutical Inc.]
Phase II ABT-414
NA Mollusk/
ADC (MMAF) EGFR & microtubules [4+] None None Cancer: Glioblastoma Multiforme, Squamous Cell Tumors [Abbvie]
DMXBA NA Worm Alkaloid α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor [5+] None None Schizophrenia, Alzheimer Disease, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Endotoxemia, Sepsis, Vagal Activity No Link
Glembatumumab Vedotin
NA Mollusk/ cyanobacterium ADC (MMAE) GPNMB & microtubules [2+] None None Cancer: Metastatic breast cancer, Metastatic melanoma, Triple negative breast cancer [Celldex Therapeutics]
Lurbinectedin (PM01183) NA Tunicate Alkaloid Minor groove of DNA [9+] [4+] None Cancer: Ovarian Cancer, Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Acute Leukemia [Pharmamar]
AGS-16C3F NA Mollusk/
ADC (MMAF) ENPP3 & microtubules [1+] None None Cancer: Carcinoma, Renal Cell, Renal Cell Carcinoma With Clear Cell Histology, Renal Cell Carcinoma With Non-Clear Cell Histology, Renal Cell Carcinoma of Papillary Histology [Agensys & Astellas Pharma]
Phase I/II Lifastuzumab vedotin
NA Mollusk/ cyanobacterium ADC (MMAE) NaPi2b & microtubules [2+] [1+] None Cancer: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Ovarian Cancer; Epithelial Tumors, Malignant, Fallopian Tube Cancer, Peritoneal Neoplasms [Genentech/Roche]
Pinatuzumab vedotin
NA Mollusk/ cyanobacterium ADC (MMAE) CD22 & microtubules [1+] [1+] None Cancer: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Chronic lymphocytic leukemia, Lymphoma, B-Cell, lymphoma, Follicular [Genentech/Roche]
Polatuzumab vedotin
NA Mollusk/ cyanobacterium ADC (MMAE) CD79b & microtubules [2+] [1+] None Cancer: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Chronic lymphocytic leukemia, Lymphoma, B-Cell, lymphoma, Follicular [Genentech/Roche]
Phase I GSK2857916 NA Mollusk/ cyanobacterium ADC (MMAF) BCMA [1+] None None Cancer: Multiple Myeloma [GlaxoSmithKline]
ASG-67E NA Mollusk/ cyanobacterium ADC (MMAE) CD37 & microtubules [2+] None None Cancer: Refractory Lymphoid Malignancy; Relapsed Lymphoid Malignancy [Agensys & Astellas Pharma]
ASG-15ME NA Mollusk/ cyanobacterium ADC (MMAE) SLITRK6 & microtubules [1+] None None Cancer: Metastatic Urothelial Cancer [Seattle Genetics]
ASG-22ME NA Mollusk/ cyanobacterium ADC (MMAE) Nectin-4 & microtubules [1+] None None Cancer: Tumors; Medical Oncology; Neoplasms; Metastatic Urothelial Cancer [Seattle Genetics]
Bryostatin NA Bryozoan Macrolide
Protein kinase C [1+] None None Cancer: Melanoma, Renal Cell Cancer, Lymphoma, Pancreatic Cancer, Fallopian Tube Cancer, Gastric Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Lung Cancer Neurotrope BioScience
DSTP3086S NA Mollusk/ cyanobacterium ADC (MMAE) STEAP1 & microtubules [1+] None None Cancer: Prostate Cancer [Genentech/Roche]
Tisotumab Vedotin HuMax®-TF-ADC Mollusk/ cyanobacterium ADC (MMAE) Tissue Factor & microtubules [2+] None None Cancer: Ovary Cancer, Cervix Cancer, Endometrium Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Prostate Cancer (CRPC), Cancer of Head and Neck (SCCHN), Esophagus Cancer, Lung Cancer (NSCLC) [GenMab]
Marizomib (Salinosporamide A; NPI-0052) NA Bacterium Beta-lactone-gamma lactam 20S proteasome [2+] None None Cancer: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Melanoma, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma [Triphase]
MLN-0264 NA Mollusk/ cyanobacterium ADC (MMAE) GCC & microtublues None [2+] None Cancer: Advanced Gastrointestinal Malignancies [Millennium]
PM060184 NA Sponge Polyketide Minor groove of DNA None None None Cancer: Solid Tumors [Pharmamar]
SGN-CD19A NA Mollusk/
ADC (MMAF) CD19 & microtubules [2+] None None Cancer: Burkitt Lymphoma, Lymphoma, Follicular, Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse, Lymphoma, Mantle-Cell, Precursor B-cell Lymphoblastic [Seattle Genetics]
SGN-LIV1A NA Mollusk/
ADC (MMAE) LIV-1 & microtubules [1+] None None Cancer: Breast Cancer [Seattle Genetics]


ADC: Antibody Drug Conjugate;
CD: Cluster of Differentiation;
EGFR: Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor;
ENPP3: Ectonucleotide Pyrophosphatase/Phosphodiesterase Family Member 3;
ETBR: Endothelin B Receptor;
FDA: Food and Drug Administration;
GCC: Guanylyl Cyclase C;
GPNMB: Glycoprotein nonmetastatic B;
JNK: c-Jun N-terminal protein kinases;
LIV-1: Zinc transporter SLC39A6;
MMAE: Monomethylauristatin E;
MMAF: Monomethylauristatin F;
NA: Not Available;
NaPi2b: Sodium-Dependent Phosphate Transport Protein 2b;
PSMA: Prostate-Specific Membrane Antigen;
RAC1: Ras-related C3 botulinum toxin substrate 1;
SLITRK6: SLIT and NTRK-like protein 6;
STEAP1: Anti-Six Transmembrane Epithelial Antigen of the Prostate 1

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