VBL Presents New Data on Potential of VB-111 to Stimulate the Immune System and Drive Immune Cells to Infiltrate Tumor Microenvironment
Ofranergene obadenovec (VB-111) is a targeted anti-cancer investigational gene therapy with a dual mechanism: disruption of the tumor vasculature and induction of an anti-tumor directed immune response. In a Phase 2 clinical trial, VB-111 in combination with chemotherapy (paclitaxel) prolonged survival in patients with recurrent platinum resistant ovarian cancer (median OS 498 days for therapeutic dose VB-111 + paclitaxel combination therapy, compared to 172 days for low dose VB-111 + paclitaxel (p=0.03)). OVAL, VBL's ongoing pivotal Phase 3 trial, is designed to repeat the successful Phase 2 protocol, with the primary endpoint of improvement in overall survival. An interim analysis of the OVAL study is expected at year-end 2019.
"Cancer cells utilize various mechanisms to proliferate and survive, including silencing of, and escape from, the immune system. We believe that treatment strategies should therefore aim both to target the cancer cells and to stimulate the immune system to attack the tumor," said Dror Harats, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of VBL Therapeutics. "While we initially designed VB-111 as anti-tumor therapy targeting tumor blood supply, it is now evident that VB-111 can also drive immune cells into immunologically `cold` tumors turning the tumors ‘hot,` enabling the immune system to fight the tumor. These clinical findings provide encouraging evidence of the therapeutic potential of VB-111, as we continue to advance our clinical program in ovarian cancer and additional indications."
For a link to VBL's poster at the SGO 50th Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer refer to: SGO Poster
About Ofranergene Obadenovec (VB-111)
VB-111, a potential first-in-class anticancer therapeutic candidate, is the Company’s lead oncology product currently being studied in the OVAL potential-registration Phase 3 pivotal trial for ovarian cancer (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03398655). VB-111 has received orphan drug designation in both the US and
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