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Median overall survival of 28.7 months in previously treated checkpoint inhibitor naïve non-small cell lung cancer patients
Significantly greater median overall survival of 42.1 months observed in patients with injection site reaction
Planning to engage FDA for end-of-phase 2 meeting
DURHAM, NC / ACCESSWIRE / May 29, 2020 / Heat Biologics, Inc. ("Heat") (HTBX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing first-in-class therapies to modulate the immune system, including multiple oncology product candidates and a novel COVID-19 vaccine, today presented its latest data at the ASCO Annual Meeting. The poster presentation can be viewed on the ASCO meeting website at: https://meetinglibrary.asco.org/record/184864/poster and on Heat Biologics' website at: https://www.heatbio.com/product-pipeline/scientific-publications
HS-110 is an "off-the-shelf" allogeneic cell-based therapy designed to activate patients' immune system against multiple cancer testis antigens (CTAs) to elicit a diverse and robust T-cell attack against tumor cells. A Phase 2 trial of HS-110 in combination with Bristol-Myers Squibb's (BMS) Opdivo® (nivolumab) for multiple treatment settings in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is ongoing, with enrollment of this trial completed in July 2019.
This data demonstrated that significant survival benefit was observed in a cohort of previously treated, checkpoint inhibitor (CPI) naïve patients with advanced NSCLC; with a median overall survival (mOS) of 28.7 months for the intent-to-treat (ITT) patients (N = 47). This data compares favorably with published data of Checkmate 057, which reported a mOS of 12.2 months in patients who received nivolumab as single agent in a similar treatment setting. Notably, a statistically significant survival benefit with mOS of 42.1 months was observed in patients with injection site reaction (p = 0.0001). Exploratory biomarker analyses showed that overlapping CTA expression in patients' tumors at baseline with HS-110, as well as the expression of a specific CTA were both associated with statistically significant improved overall survival (p = 0.028 and 0.008, respectively).
"Our exploratory biomarker analysis solidly establishes additional clinical evidence for the HS-110 mechanism of action," said Jeff Hutchins, Chief Scientific and Operating Officer of Heat. "This extended mOS also suggests that HS-110 treatment in combination with a CPI should be considered for any solid tumor type with sufficient CTA overlap with HS-110."
This study has completed enrollment, and 21 of the 47 patients enrolled (45%) are still alive as of this data cut. HS-110 now has a positive safety profile in over 200 patients, and combination of HS-110 and nivolumab appears to be safe and well-tolerated.
"This updated data demonstrates the potential utility of HS-110 in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor as a frontline treatment for NSCLC", said Jeff Wolf, Chief Executive Officer of Heat. "Heat is planning an end-of-phase 2 meeting with the FDA to discuss registration trial design."
About Heat Biologics, Inc.
Heat Biologics is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing first-in-class therapies to modulate the immune system. The company's gp96 platform is designed to activate immune responses against cancer or pathogenic antigens. Multiple product candidates in development leveraging the gp96 platform, including HS-110 in phase 2, HS-130 in phase 1, and COVID-19 vaccine program in preclinical development. In addition, Heat Biologics is also developing a pipeline of proprietary immunomodulatory antibodies, including PTX-35. For more information, please visit www.heatbio.com.
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