Positive Survival Data from Phase 2 Lung Cancer Trial Accepted for Presentation at 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting
Median overall survival (OS) of 28.7 months for HS-110 in combination with nivolumab in previously treated checkpoint inhibitor naïve non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients
DURHAM, NC / ACCESSWIRE / May 14, 2020 / Heat Biologics, Inc. ("Heat") (NASDAQ:HTBX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing first-in-class therapies to modulate the immune system, including multiple oncology product candidates and a novel COVID-19 vaccine, today announced that it has been selected to deliver a poster presentation at the ASCO Annual Meeting, to be held virtually during May 29 - 31, 2020. The ASCO Annual Meeting is the largest international conference to showcase the latest advancement in oncology. The abstracts published in advance of the ASCO Annual Meeting were made available at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on May 13, 2020 on the ASCO meeting website at: https://meetinglibrary.asco.org/record/184864/abstract
HS-110 is currently in Phase 2 trial in combination with Bristol-Myers Squibb's (BMS) Opdivo® (nivolumab) for multiple treatment settings in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). HS-110 is an "off-the-shelf" allogeneic cell-based therapy designed to activate patients' immune system against multiple tumor antigens to elicit a robust pan-antigen T-cell attack against tumor cells. Heat completed enrollment in this trial in July 2019.
The abstract provides an update on the efficacy data of previously treated, checkpoint inhibitor (CPI) naïve patients with advanced NSCLC. The median overall survival (OS) was 28.7 months with a median follow up of 15.7 months. This study is ongoing and 21 of the 47 patients enrolled (45%) were still alive as of this datacut. Additional subset analysis will also be presented. HS-110 has a good safety profile in over 200 patients and combination of HS-110 and nivolumab appears to be safe and well-tolerated.
Exploratory biomarker analysis on cancer testis antigens (CTAs) was performed using patients' tumor tissue at baseline. In this evaluation, improved overall survival (OS) was observed in patients whose tumors have 8 or more overlapping CTAs with the 39 CTAs overexpressed by HS-110. In addition, overexpression of zinc finger protein 492 (ZNF492) was associated with greater OS. ZNF492 is a transcription factor that is expressed in multiple cancers.
Details of Heat Biologics' ASCO poster presentation:
Abstract Title: Tumor antigen expression and survival of patients with previously treated advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) receiving viagenpumatucel-L (HS-110) plus nivolumab
Session: Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell Metastatic
Abstract #: 9546
Date: Friday, May 29, 2020, 8am Eastern Time
Following the presentation, a copy of the poster will be available on Heat Biologics' website at: https://www.heatbio.com/product-pipeline/scientific-publications
The Human Protein Atlas - ZNF492: https://www.proteinatlas.org/ENSG00000229676-ZNF492/pathology
About Heat Biologics, Inc.
Heat Biologics is a biopharmaceutical company developing immunotherapies designed to activate a patient's immune system against cancer and other diseases using its proprietary gp96 platform to activate CD8+ "Killer" T-cells. Heat has completed enrollment in its Phase 2 clinical trial for advanced non-small cell lung cancer with its gp96-based HS-110 therapeutic vaccine. HS-110 is the company's first biologic product candidate in a series of proprietary immunotherapies designed to stimulate a patient's own T-cells. Heat Biologics has also launched a program in collaboration with the University of Miami to develop a vaccine designed to protect against the COVID-19 coronavirus. Heat has numerous other pre-clinical programs at various stages of development. For more information, please visit www.heatbio.com.
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Released May 14, 2020