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Phase 2 expansion into first line maintenance therapy follows positive interim results reported in 2018 in combination with Bristol-Myers' Opdivo® (Nivolumab)
DURHAM, NC / ACCESSWIRE / January 14, 2019 / Heat Biologics, Inc. (HTBX), a biopharmaceutical company developing therapies designed to activate a patient's immune system against cancer, today announced that it has dosed its first patient in its Phase 2 clinical trial investigating HS-110 in combination with Merck's anti-PD1 checkpoint inhibitor, KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab), in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). This expansion of the Company's Phase 2 trial into first-line maintenance treatment with Keytruda follows positive interim results reported earlier this year on previously treated patients receiving HS-110 in combination with Bristol-Myers Squibb's anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor, Opdivo® (nivolumab). Heat will continue to dose patients with HS-110 in combination with Opdivo® as well.
The Company amended its Phase 2 master protocol to include additional patient cohorts in the front-line maintenance setting for advanced NSCLC. Patients in these cohorts will have received a minimum of 9 weeks of pembrolizumab, with or without chemotherapy, and will begin maintenance treatment receiving HS-110 with pembrolizumab ± pemetrexed. Patients will be evaluated for objective response rate as well as progression-free and overall survival.
Dr. Daniel Morgensztern, Associate Professor of Washington University in St. Louis and lead investigator for this trial, commented, ''Results from the ongoing Phase 2, multicenter clinical trial combining HS-110 with Bristol-Myers Squibb's checkpoint inhibitor nivolumab (Opdivo®), suggest that HS-110 may enhance the efficacy of checkpoint inhibitors in patients with advanced lung cancer. Expanding this trial to include Merck's anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA®) is an important next step in evaluating the broad potential of this platform technology.''
Jeff Wolf, Heat's CEO, further noted, ''The expansion of this trial to include a combination of HS-110 with KEYTRUDA® is in line with our strategy to combine our T-cell activation platform with multiple checkpoint inhibitors. We are very excited to begin dosing patients in this cohort.''
New interim data on those patients in this ongoing Phase 2 trial that have been treated with the HS-110 plus nivolumab combination have been selected for oral presentation at the 2019 ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium on February 28. To learn more about the trial, visit www.heatbio.com. Additional details can also be found at www.clinicaltrials.gov via NCT02439450.
About Heat Biologics, Inc.
Heat Biologics is a biopharmaceutical company developing immunotherapies designed to activate a patient's immune system against cancer using of CD8+ ''Killer'' T-cells. Our T-Cell Activation Platform (''TCAP'') produces therapies designed to turn ''cold'' tumors ''hot'' and be administered in combination with checkpoint therapies and other immuno-modulators to increase their effectiveness. HS-110 is our first biologic product candidate in a series of proprietary immunotherapies designed to stimulate a patient's own T-cells to attack cancer. Our ComPACT technology is the first potential, dual-acting immunotherapy designed to deliver T-cell activation and co-stimulation in a single product. We are currently enrolling patients in our Phase 2 clinical trial for advanced non-small cell lung cancer, in combination with Bristol-Myers Squibb's nivolumab (Opdivo®) and with Merck's pembrolizumab (Keytruda®). Pelican Therapeutics, a subsidiary of Heat, is focused on the development of co-stimulatory monoclonal antibody and fusion protein-based therapies designed to activate the immune system. We also have numerous pre-clinical programs at various stages of development. For more information, please visit www.heatbio.com.
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