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Strategic transition to Investigator sponsored IND from previously announced Advaxis sponsored IND
Initiation of investigator sponsored Phase 1 study of ADXS-504 in prostate cancer on-track for Q4 2020
PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advaxis, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADXS), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of immunotherapy products, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared a new Investigational New Drug (IND) application for the initiation of an Investigator Sponsored Phase 1 clinical study of ADXS-504, the Company’s off-the-shelf neoantigen ADXS-HOT candidate for prostate cancer. This new IND is in addition to the Advaxis sponsored IND, previously announced in January 2020. Advaxis intends to first advance the clinical evaluation of ADXS-504 through an Investigator Sponsored Phase 1 study in prostate cancer patients with biochemical recurrence which remains on-track for initiation in the fourth quarter this year.
“We are excited to announce the transition of our ADXS-504 HOT prostate program to an investigator sponsored study at this time,” said Kenneth A. Berlin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Advaxis. “By partnering with a prestigious academic medical center, we would be gaining access to world-class expertise and a high volume of patients that together, may expedite both enrollment and eventual study results. This strategic decision also conserves resources which can be leveraged to support our encouraging and expanding HOT program in NSCLC. Our data generated to date with ADXS-503 in NSCLC leave us increasingly confident that our off-the-shelf neoantigen program can provide well-tolerated treatments with robust innate and adaptive immune responses and potential clinical activity. We look forward to the initiation of this Phase 1 study with ADXS-504 monotherapy in patients with prostate cancer before year end.”
About Advaxis, Inc.
Advaxis, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of proprietary Lm-based antigen delivery products. These immunotherapies are based on a platform technology that utilizes live attenuated Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) bioengineered to secrete antigen/adjuvant fusion proteins. These Lm-based strains are believed to be a significant advancement in immunotherapy as they integrate multiple functions into a single immunotherapy and are designed to access and direct antigen presenting cells to stimulate anti-tumor T cell immunity, activate the immune system with the equivalent of multiple adjuvants, and simultaneously reduce tumor protection in the tumor microenvironment to enable T cells to eliminate tumors.
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Tim McCarthy, LifeSci Advisors, LLC