(“NetScientific”, the “Group” or the “Company”)
PDS Biotech presents new data for two ongoing clinical trials
NetScientific plc (AIM: NSCI), the international life sciences and sustainability technology investment and commercialisation Group, announces that its portfolio company, PDS Biotechnology Corporation (Nasdaq: PDSB), has provided updates for two their ongoing Phase 2 clinical trials, ahead of presentations at the ASCO 2022 oncology research conference on 6 June 2022.
Efficacy and Safety Data from VERSATILE-002 Phase 2 Clinical Trial in Recurrent or Metastatic Head and Neck Cancer at ASCO 2022:
- 5% of patients had either disease stabilization or tumour shrinkage
- 89% of patients alive at median 9 months suggesting survival benefit
- Combination treatment well tolerated to date. 94% of patients received 4/5 PDS0101 doses with no treatment-related grade 3 or higher adverse events
The VERSATILE-002 trial is a single-arm Phase 2 study evaluating the safety and efficacy of PDS0101, an HPV16-targeted immunotherapy, leveraging PDS Biotech’s proprietary Versamune® technology, in combination with Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy KEYTRUDA®. The combination is being evaluated in checkpoint inhibitor (CPI) -naïve and CPI-refractory patients with recurrent/metastatic HPV16-positive head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC).
Preliminary data from first 19 patients treated with PDS0101 in combination with KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) demonstrates 41% response rate thus far for first line recurrent or metastatic head and neck cancer, in comparison to the published results of approximately 19% for approved checkpoint inhibitors used as monotherapy. After 9 months the overall survival rate was 87.2%; whilst progression free survival was 55.2%.
Presentation of Data from NCI-Led Triple Combination Phase 2 Clinical Trial in Advanced, Refractory HPV-Positive Cancers at ASCO 2022:
- 77% of checkpoint inhibitor (CPI) refractory patients alive at median follow up of 12 months
- 75% of CPI naïve patients alive at median follow up of 17 months
- Anti-tumour objective responses seen in 88% of CPI naïve patients and 63% CPI refractory patients (high dose of M9241)
- Study shows early evidence of durable clinical responses
The Phase 2 triple combination trial (NCT04287868) is evaluating the safety and efficacy of PDS0101, an investigational HPV16-targeted immunotherapy, in combination with two investigational immune-modulating agents.
The triple combination is being studied in CPI-naïve and -refractory patients with advanced HPV-positive anal, cervical, head and neck, vaginal, and vulvar cancers who have failed prior therapy. Objective response is measured by radiographic tumour responses. Early data from the study suggests that the triple combination is preferentially active in HPV16-positive cancer.
Combinations of CPI and chemotherapy are being evaluated in refractory HPV-associated cancers. For most patients with CPI refractory HPV-associated disease, there is no clear effective standard of care therapy. Data strongly suggests, in agreement with the published preclinical studies, that all 3 drugs contribute to the clinical outcomes.
Dr. Ilian Iliev, CEO of NetScientific, added:
“These are early results, which nevertheless provide real world – and positive – evidence from PDS’s Phase 2 trials. The positive results from two parallel trials support the company’s thesis that Versamune® is a platform applicable in multiple clinical applications. We look forward to the ASCO presentation and further results by the company.”
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