CD70 is a tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-like type II integral membrane protein that is transiently expressed on activated T- and B-lymphocytes. Aberrant expression of CD70 was identified in both solid tumors and haematologic malignancies. BMS-936561 (αCD70_MED-A) is an antibody-drug conjugate composed of a fully human anti-CD70 monoclonal antibody (αCD70) conjugated with a duocarmycin derivative, MED-A, through a maleimide-containing citrulline-valine dipeptide linker. MED-A is a carbamate prodrug that is activated by carboxylesterase to its active form, MED-B, to exert its DNA alkylation activity. In vitro serum stability studies suggested the efficiencies of hydrolyzing the carbamate-protecting group in αCD70_MED-A followed a rank order of mouse > rat > > monkey > dog ˜ human. Pharmacokinetics of αCD70_MED-A was evaluated in mice, monkeys, and dogs after single intravenous doses. In mice, αCD70_MED-A was cleared rapidly, with no detectable exposures after 15 min following dosing. In contrast, αCD70_MED-A was much more stable in monkeys and dogs. The clearance of αCD70_MED-A in monkeys was 58 mL/d/kg, ˜2-fold faster than that in dogs (31 mL/d/kg). The human PK profiles of the total αCD70 and αCD70_MED-A were predicted using allometrically scaled monkeys PK parameters of αCD70 and the carbamate hydrolysis rate constant estimated in dogs. Comparing the predicted and observed human PK from the phase I study, the dose-normalized concentration-time profiles of αCD70_MED-A and the total αCD70 were largely within the 5th-95th percentile of the predicted profiles. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.