CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIO), a late-stage clinical company developing next-generation antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) therapies for the treatment of cancer, today announced that preliminary efficacy and safety data from its ongoing Phase 3 VISTA trial of Vicinium™ in patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) who have been previously treated with bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) have been selected for presentation during a plenary session currently scheduled for Monday, May 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. PT at the American Urological Association Annual Meeting taking place in San Francisco. Vicinium is a fusion protein, designed to be a next-generation ADC, that targets the epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) antigens on the surface of bladder cancer cells to deliver a potent cytotoxin into those cells.
Data, as reported in the abstract published online today, are from a subgroup of the first 75 evaluable carcinoma in situ patients. Within these patients, preliminary findings show that greater than 95 percent expressed EpCAM on the surface of tumor cells, the target of Vicinium. Efficacy data as measured by complete response rates at three-months will be reported during the plenary session. Vicinium has been well-tolerated. Treatment-related adverse events (AEs) were reported in 46 percent of patients, the majority of which were Grade 1 or 2. The most common of these were dysuria (12%), UTI or pollakiuria (10%) and hematuria (7%), which are often associated with catheter-delivered treatments into the bladder and bladder cancer itself. As of the December 2017 data cut off, three treatment-related serious AEs were reported, including renal failure (CTCAE Grade 5) with cholestatic hepatitis (Grade 4) in one patient and acute kidney injury (Grade 3) in a second patient who recovered.
In March 2018, recruitment was completed in the VISTA trial, a single-arm registration study designed in accordance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s final guidance for developing treatments for BCG-unresponsive NMIBC.
“When treatment with today’s standard of care, BCG, is no longer an option, the next treatment option is typically removal of the patient’s bladder, a challenging, life-altering procedure that many patients elect not to undergo,” said Stephen Hurly, president and chief executive officer of Eleven Biotherapeutics. “Vicinium has demonstrated that it is a well-tolerated and active agent in patients with BCG unresponsive NMIBC in studies to-date. We are excited to be presenting the first preliminary data from our Phase 3 VISTA trial of Vicinium for patients with NMIBC at this year’s AUA meeting. During our plenary presentation, we will share initial efficacy findings and data supporting the favorable safety we have observed so far with Vicinium. We believe Vicinium holds tremendous potential as a treatment for bladder cancer, and we look forward to sharing these and additional data later in the year.”
The company plans to host a conference call in conjunction with the data presentation, with details to follow.
About the VISTA Clinical Trial
The VISTA trial is an open-label, multicenter, single-arm Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and tolerability of Vicinium™ in patients with high-risk non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) that is carcinoma in situ (CIS, cancer found on the inner lining of the bladder that has not spread into muscle or other tissue) or papillary (cancer that has grown from the bladder lining out into the bladder but has not spread into muscle or other tissue), who have been previously treated with bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG). The primary endpoint of the trial is the complete response rate in patients with CIS with or without papillary disease and durability of that response. Patients in the study receive locally administered Vicinium twice a week for six weeks, followed by once-weekly treatment for another six weeks, then treatment every other week for up to two years. Topline data assessing responses and durability of responses at three-months on treatment are expected in mid-2018, with 12-month data anticipated in mid-2019.
Vicinium™, Eleven Biotherapeutics’ lead product candidate, is a next-generation antibody-drug conjugate developed using the company’s proprietary Targeted Protein Therapeutics platform. Vicinium is comprised of a recombinant fusion protein that targets epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) antigens on the surface of tumor cells to deliver a potent protein payload, Pseudomonas Exotoxin A (ETA). Vicinium is constructed with a stable, genetically engineered linker to ensure the payload remains attached until it is internalized by the cancer cell, which is believed to decrease the risk of toxicity to healthy tissues, thereby improving its safety. In prior clinical studies conducted by Eleven Biotherapeutics, EpCAM has been shown to be overexpressed in non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) cells with minimal to no EpCAM expression observed on normal bladder cells. Eleven Biotherapeutics is currently conducting the Phase 3 VISTA trial, designed to support the registration of Vicinium for the treatment of NMIBC in patients who have previously received two courses of bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) and whose disease is now BCG-unresponsive. Topline, three-month data from the trial are expected in mid-2018. Additionally, Eleven Biotherapeutics believes that Vicinium’s cancer cell-killing properties promote an anti-tumor immune response that may potentially combine well with immuno-oncology drugs, such as checkpoint inhibitors. The activity of Vicinium in BCG-unresponsive NMIBC is also being explored at the US National Cancer Institute in combination with AstraZeneca’s immune checkpoint inhibitor durvalumab.
About Eleven Biotherapeutics
Eleven Biotherapeutics, Inc. is a late-stage clinical company advancing next-generation antibody-drug conjugate therapies for the treatment of cancer based on the company’s Targeted Protein Therapeutics platform. The company’s lead program, Vicinium™, is currently in a Phase 3 registration trial for the treatment of non-muscle invasive bladder cancer, with topline data expected in mid-2018. Vicinium incorporates a tumor-targeting antibody fragment and a protein cytotoxic payload into a single protein molecule designed to selectively and effectively kill cancer cells while sparing healthy cells. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.elevenbio.com.
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