IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AIVITA Biomedical, Inc., a biotechnology company specializing in innovative cell therapy applications, announced today that updates from ongoing clinical trials in ovarian cancer and glioblastoma were presented as part of the 2020 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Virtual Annual Meeting I.
The presentation from Daniela Bota, MD, Ph.D., of the University of California, Irvine, and principal investigator of the Phase 2 clinical trial of AV-GBM-1 in newly diagnosed glioblastoma, included data obtained through March 2020. The study has completed enrollment, and the treatment has been well-tolerated to date with encouraging preliminary survival data.
The presentation from Lisa Abaid, MD, principal investigator of the Phase 2 clinical trial of AVOVA-1 in advanced ovarian cancer, showed the trial is progressing as planned and the treatment has been well-tolerated. Enrollment for the study continues for both tumor collection and randomization.
“We’re encouraged by the progress we’ve made in our clinical programs and the positive tolerability that our patient-specific cancer vaccines have shown so far,” said Hans Keirstead, Ph.D., chief executive officer of AIVITA. “We look forward to completing enrollment in our Phase 2 ovarian cancer study and further explore the promising survival data we’ve seen in our Phase 2 glioblastoma study.”
The presentations will be available on the AACR website site at www.aacr.org.
About AIVITA’S Clinical Trials
AIVITA’s ovarian Phase 2 double-blind study is active and enrolling approximately 99 patients who are being randomized in a 2:1 ratio to receive either the autologous tumor-initiating cell-targeting immunotherapy or autologous monocytes as a comparator.
Patients eligible for randomization and treatment will be those (1) who have undergone debulking surgery, (2) for whom a cell line has been established, (3) who have undergone leukapheresis from which sufficient monocytes were obtained, (4) have an ECOG performance grade of 0 or 1 (Karnofsky score of 70-100%), and (5) who have completed primary therapy. The trial is not open to patients with recurrent ovarian cancer.
For additional information about AIVITA’s AVOVA-1 trial, patients can visit: www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02033616
AIVITA’s glioblastoma Phase 2 single-arm study is active and is enrolling approximately 55 patients to receive the tumor-initiating cell-targeting immunotherapy.
Patients eligible for treatment will be those (1) who have recovered from surgery such that they are about to begin concurrent chemotherapy and radiation therapy (CT/RT), (2) for whom an autologous tumor cell line has been established, (3) have a Karnofsky Performance Status of > 70, and (4) have undergone successful leukapheresis from which peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) were obtained that can be used to generate dendritic cells (DC). The trial is not open to patients with recurrent glioblastoma.
For additional information about AIVITA’s AV-GBM-1 trial please visit: www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03400917
AIVITA’s melanoma Phase 1B open-label, single-arm study will establish the safety of administering anti-PD1 monoclonal antibodies in combination with AIVITA’s tumor-initiating cell-targeting immunotherapy in patients with measurable metastatic melanoma. The study will also track efficacy of the treatment for the estimated 14 to 20 patients. This trial is not yet open for enrollment.
Patients eligible for treatment will be those (1) for whom a cell line has been established, (2) who have undergone leukapheresis from which sufficient monocytes were obtained, (3) have an ECOG performance grade of 0 or 1 (Karnofsky score of 70-100%), (4) who have either never received treatment for metastatic melanoma or were previously treated with enzymatic inhibitors of the BRAF/MEK pathway because of BRAF600E/K mutations, and (5) are about to initiate anti-PD1 monotherapy.
For additional information about AIVITA’s AV-MEL-1 trial please visit: www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03743298
About AIVITA Biomedical
AIVITA Biomedical is a privately held company engaged in the advancement of commercial and clinical-stage programs utilizing curative and regenerative medicines. Founded in 2016 by pioneers in the stem cell industry, AIVITA Biomedical utilizes its expertise in stem cell growth and directed high-purity differentiation to enable safe, efficient and economical manufacturing systems that support its therapeutic pipeline and commercial line of skin care products. All proceeds from the sale of AIVITA’s skin care products support the treatment of people with cancer.