DURHAM, N.C., May 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heat Biologics, Inc. (Nasdaq: HTBX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing first-in-class therapies to modulate the immune system, today announced that the latest data from HS-110, the Company’s lead product, has been accepted for poster presentation at the 2021 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, to be held virtually from June 4-8, 2021. The ASCO Annual Meeting is the largest international conference to showcase the latest advancements in oncology.
Abstract Title: Interim results of viagenpumatucel-L (HS-110) plus nivolumab in previously treated patients (pts) with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in two treatment settings
Session Title: Poster Session: Lung Cancer—Non-Small Cell Metastatic
Abstract Number: 9100
Lead Author and Presenter: Roger B. Cohen, MD, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
According to ASCO, more than 5,400 abstracts were reviewed for the 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting. Additional information about the conference may be accessed at https://conferences.asco.org/am/attend.
HS-110 is a first-in-class, off-the-shelf, allogeneic cell therapy designed to utilize gp96 for immune activation against multiple tumor testis antigens. Phase 2 trial of HS-110 in combination with Bristol-Myers Squibb's (BMS) OPDIVO® (nivolumab) has completed enrollment in patients with incurable or metastatic NSCLC. OPDIVO® is a programmed death-1 immune checkpoint inhibitor (PD-1 inhibitor). HS-110 has broad potential for providing multiple treatment options to NSCLC patients in combination with a PD-1 inhibitor. Positive interim survival data has been demonstrated in two distinct treatment settings in previously treated NSCLC patients who have not been treated with PD-1 inhibitor or programmed death-ligand 1 inhibitor (PD-L1 inhibitor) as well as patients who have progressed during or after previous treatment with a PD-1 or PD-L1 [PD-(L)1] inhibitor. Combination of HS-110 and PD-(L)1 therapies may confer additional survival benefit.
About Heat Biologics, Inc.
Heat Biologics is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing first-in-class therapies to modulate the immune system. Heat’s gp96 platform is designed to activate immune responses against cancer or infectious diseases. The Company has multiple product candidates in development leveraging the gp96 platform, including HS-110, which has completed enrollment in its Phase 2 trial, and a COVID-19 vaccine program in preclinical development. In addition, Heat Biologics is also developing a pipeline of proprietary immunomodulatory antibodies and cell-based therapies, including PTX-35 and HS-130 in Phase 1 clinical trials.
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