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Vaccinex, Inc. Summary of Key Data Presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

First Interim Results of CLASSICAL-Lung Phase 1b/2 Study Demonstrate Up To 90 Percent Disease Control Rate and Increase in Immune Cells and Decrease in Immunosupressive Cells in Response to Combination Therapy with Pepinemab (VX15/2503) and Avelumab

ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vaccinex, Inc. (VCNX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering novel investigational antibody therapies in cancer and Huntington’s disease today summarizes key data on the company’s anti-SEMA4D technology that were presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

Key Points:

  • The company presented interim data for its Phase 1b/2 CLASSICAL-Lung study of its pepinemab antibody in combination with avelumab (Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany) in NSCLC, which demonstrated a disease control rate (DCR) of 75 percent for all dose escalation subjects, while those who remained on therapy for two months or more showed a 90 percent disease control rate (excludes subjects who were deceased or had rapidly progressing tumors shortly following enrollment).  While this is a small sample and comparison across clinical trials are imperfect, single agent avelumab had previously shown 50 percent DCR in a similar NSCLC population. Treatment with the combination therapy was deemed well tolerated at all dose levels.

  • Initial results of a separate Window-of-Opportunity study in various solid tumors (CRC, melanoma, and HNSCC) being performed at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University showed that pepinemab increased infiltration of CD8+ cytotoxic T-cells and reduced regulatory T cells (Treg) and myeloid derived suppressor cells (MDSC), a balanced response that increases tumoricidal and reduces immunosuppressive activity in the tumor. The company believes that this is important supporting clinical data previously reported only in animal tumor models.

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About Vaccinex, Inc. 
Vaccinex, Inc. is a clinical-stage immunotherapy company engaged in the discovery and development of targeted biotherapeutics to treat serious diseases and conditions with unmet medical needs, including cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and autoimmune disorders, with currently active clinical trials in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer and Huntington’s disease.  Vaccinex is based in Rochester, New York. 

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