Heat Biologics Completes Enrollment in Phase 2 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Trial
DURHAM, NC / ACCESSWIRE / July 9, 2019 / Heat Biologics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTBX), a biopharmaceutical company developing therapies designed to activate a patient’s immune system against cancer, today announced it has completed recruitment for enrollment in its Phase 2 study investigating HS-110 in combination with Bristol-Myers Squibb's anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor, nivolumab (Opdivo®) or Merck's pembrolizumab (Keytruda®). In total, approximately 120 patients have been enrolled in the trial.
Lori McDermott, Heat’s VP of Clinical Development, said, “We are pleased to report that our Phase 2 enrollment targets were achieved on schedule. Last month, we reported promising interim results from the study showing that the addition of HS-110 to nivolumab may restore anti-tumor activity in patients whose disease has progressed after checkpoint inhibitor therapy. These results continue to support our mechanistic hypothesis that the broad, T-cell mediated immune response activated by HS-110 may improve clinical outcomes for those patients who are least likely to respond to a checkpoint inhibitor, including those whose disease has worsened during or after checkpoint inhibitor therapy.”
Jeff Wolf, Heat's CEO, commented, "We are pleased to achieve this important milestone and delighted with the patient mix which includes those whose disease has progressed after prior checkpoint inhibitor treatment failure. We look forward to reporting additional results later this year.”
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 have reached the enrollment targets 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®), and expect to report additional results before the end of 2019. Pelican Therapeutics, Inc., 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. For more information, please visit www.heatbio.com.
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Released July 9, 2019