JACKSONVILLE, Fla., February 2, 2017 — TapImmune, Inc. (NASDAQ: TPIV), a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company specializing in the development of innovative peptide and gene-based immunotherapeutics and vaccines for the treatment of cancer and metastatic disease, announced today it has successfully completed a multi-gram scale-up and GMP manufacturing of a second clinical lot of TPIV 200, the company’s multi-epitope T-cell vaccine targeting folate receptor alpha. The manufactured vaccine product will be used to supply an ongoing Phase 2 study of TPIV 200 for the treatment of platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer, as well as a planned Phase 2 study sponsored by the Mayo Clinic for treating triple-negative breast cancer.
“The successful release of our second lot of TPIV 200 represents another important milestone in the progression of our product pipeline and technologies,” said Dr. Glynn Wilson, Chairman and CEO of TapImmune. “Improvements to the manufacturing process include a process change to improve scalability and a formulation change to improve the physical appearance and consistency of the final vialed product. The end result is a superior formulation that is more amenable to large scale manufacturing and commercialization.”
“Our first TPIV 200 lot was manufactured in early 2016 to fully supply a TapImmune-sponsored Phase 2 trial evaluating the vaccine for the treatment of triple-negative breast cancer as well as a Phase 2 trial evaluating the vaccine in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor for platinum-resistant ovarian cancer, both of which are currently enrolling patients,” said Dr. John Bonfiglio, President and COO of TapImmune. “The current, larger clinical batch of TPIV 200 will fully supply the first TapImmune-sponsored Phase 2 trial in platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer, for which a number of clinical sites are currently being screened and initiated. The batch will also supply a planned Mayo Clinic-sponsored Phase 2 trial for triple-negative breast cancer, which is fully funded by a grant from the Department of Defense.”
TapImmune, Inc. is a leader in the immunotherapy of woman’s cancers advancing multiple Phase 2 and Phase 1b/2 clinical studies for the treatment of ovarian and breast cancer. The company’s peptide- or nucleic acid-based immunotherapeutic products comprise one or 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. The company’s technologies may be used as stand-alone medications or in combination with current treatment modalities.
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