Trial in Collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Completes First Safety Cohort Successfully
Jacksonville FL, January 24, 2017 – TapImmune, Inc. (NASDAQ: TPIV), a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company specializing in the development of innovative peptide and gene-based immunotherapeutics for the treatment of cancer and metastatic disease, today announced that Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) successfully completed the first safety cohort in its Phase 2 ovarian cancer study. The study is designed to examine the efficacy of the TapImmune lead investigational product candidate, TPIV 200, in combination with AstraZeneca’s investigational checkpoint inhibitor, durvalumab.
The Phase 2 ovarian cancer study is sponsored by MKSCC under the leadership of Dr. Jason Konner. This clinical milestone allows MSKCC to increase the number of patients that can be enrolled and will subsequently increase the study’s enrollment rate. Patients in this study are resistant to platinum chemotherapy and have few treatment options. Since TPIV 200 and durvalumab have not been used before in combination, the protocol required the start of the study to proceed cautiously for the first four patients. There have been no safety issues to date, and the enrollment is now allowed to proceed at a faster rate.
“This study and the TapImmune-sponsored Phase 2 study in triple negative breast cancer study represent the company’s progress in clinical development of its lead product, TPIV 200,” said Glynn Wilson, Chairman and CEO of TapImmune, Inc. “We also recently announced the opening of our second ovarian cancer study with FDA Fast Track designation in platinum-sensitive patients. As we have previously stated, TapImmune has Fast Track designation for TPIV 200 as maintenance therapy in subjects with platinum-sensitive advanced ovarian cancer who achieved stable disease or partial response following completion of standard of care chemotherapy.”
TapImmune, Inc. is a leader in the TapImmune Inc. is a leader in the development of novel immunotherapies for cancer, with multiple Phase 2 and Phase 1b/2 clinical studies currently ongoing for the treatment of ovarian and breast cancer. The company's peptide- or nucleic acid-based immunotherapeutic products comprise multiple naturally processed epitopes (NPEs) designed to comprehensively stimulate a patient's killer T-cells and helper T-cells, and to restore or further augment antigen presentation by using proprietary nucleic acid-based expression systems. This unique approach can produce off-the-shelf T-cell vaccine candidates that elicit a broad-based T-cell response and can be given without respect to HLA type. The company's technologies may be used as stand-alone medications or in combination with other treatment modalities.
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