VBL Therapeutics Announces Enrollment of the First Patients in the Phase 2 Clinical Trial of VB-111 in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
- Study to investigate for the first time a combination of VB-111 with the checkpoint inhibitor, nivolumab.
TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VBL Therapeutics (Nasdaq: VBLT) announced today that the first two patients have been enrolled in the Phase 2 clinical trial of VB-111 in combination with nivolumab (Opdivo®), an immune checkpoint inhibitor, for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer. The study is being conducted under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and VBL.
“Colon cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide, but immune-based approaches in gastrointestinal cancers have unfortunately been largely unsuccessful,” said Tim F. Greten, M.D., Deputy Branch Chief & Senior Investigator of the Thoracic and GI Malignancies Branch (TGMB), Co-Director of the NCI Center for Cancer Research (CCR) Liver Cancer Program, and the principal investigator of the study. “The reasons for this are unclear, but no doubt relate to the fact that, in advanced disease, GI cancer appears to be less immunogenic. The goal of this Phase 2 study is to investigate whether priming with VB-111 followed by the addition of nivolumab may induce anti-tumor immune response in metastatic colorectal cancer, for which there remains a major unmet need.”
“We are pleased to see beginning of enrollment in this study, despite the challenges of COVID-19,” said Dror Harats, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of VBL Therapeutics. “We look forward to collaborating with the NCI on investigating VB-111 for the potential benefit of patients with colorectal cancer.”
For additional information on the study refer to https://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT04166383.
For patients interested in enrolling in this clinical study, please contact NCI’s toll-free number 1-800-4-Cancer (1-800-422-6237) (TTY: 1-800-332-8615) and/or the Web site: https://trials.cancer.gov
Vascular Biogenics Ltd., operating as VBL Therapeutics, is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class treatments for areas of unmet need in cancer and immune/inflammatory indications. VBL has developed three platform technologies: a gene-therapy based technology for targeting newly formed blood vessels with focus on cancer, an antibody-based technology targeting MOSPD2 for anti-inflammatory and immuno-oncology applications, and the Lecinoxoids, a family of small-molecules for immune-related indications. VBL’s lead oncology product candidate, ofranergene obadenovec (VB-111), is a first-in-class, targeted anti-cancer gene-therapy agent that is being developed to treat a wide range of solid tumors. It is conveniently administered as an IV infusion once every 6-8 weeks. It has been observed to be well-tolerated in >300 cancer patients and demonstrated activity signals in a VBL-sponsored “all comers” Phase 1 trial as well as in three VBL-sponsored tumor-specific Phase 2 studies. Ofranergene obadenovec is currently being studied in a VBL-sponsored Phase 3 potential registration trial for platinum-resistant ovarian cancer.
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