Poster Discussion Sessions highlight the most clinically applicable and novel posters
PRINCETON, N.J., April 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADXS), a clinical stage biotechnology company developing cancer immunotherapies, today announced that the Company’s immunotherapy agent will be featured in a poster presentation and discussion at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Annual Meeting. The poster, “ADXS11-001 immunotherapy in squamous or non-squamous persistent/recurrent metastatic cervical cancer: Results from stage I of the phase II GOG/NRG0265 study” (Abstract #5516), was selected as one of 12 abstracts to be featured in the ASCO oral poster discussion session on gynecologic cancer, where expert discussants highlight the most clinically applicable and novel posters. The Phase 2 study of lead Lm immunotherapy candidate in HPV-associated cervical cancer, axalimogene filolisbac (AXAL), will focus on how the findings apply to clinical practice and future research.
The poster session will highlight the GOG/NRG-0265 study, a two-stage phase 2 study led by Warner K. Huh, M.D., Professor and Division Director of Gynecologic Oncology and Senior Scientist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, evaluating the potential of AXAL as an immunotherapy for patients with pretreated metastatic cervical cancer. The poster will include efficacy and safety results from the completed Stage 1 of the study and preliminary data from Stage 2. The study is being performed in a collaboration between Advaxis and the GOG Foundation, Inc. (GOG), now a member of NRG Oncology.
This year’s ASCO annual meeting will focus on “Collective Wisdom: The Future of Patient-Centered Care,” and will take place in Chicago, Illinois June 3-7, 2016 at McCormick Place. The poster will be presented at the Gynecologic Poster Session on June 6, 2016 at 1:00 PM CT, and the poster discussion will be from 4:45 – 6:00 PM CT. Please visit www.asco.org for additional information.
About Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide. In the United States, nearly 13,000 new cases are diagnosed, and approximately 4,100 deaths are reported because of cervical cancer. According to the WHO/ICO Information Centre on HPV and Cervical Cancer, about 3.9 percent of women in the U.S. are estimated to harbor high-risk cervical HPV infection at a given time, and 71.7 percent of invasive cervical cancers are attributed to high-risk HPV strains.
About Axalimogene Filolisbac
Axalimogene filolisbac (AXAL) is Advaxis' lead Lm Technology™ immunotherapy candidate for the treatment of HPV-associated cancers and is in clinical trials for three potential indications: invasive cervical cancer, head and neck cancer, and anal cancer. In a completed randomized Phase 2 study in recurrent/refractory cervical cancer, AXAL showed apparent prolonged survival, objective tumor responses, and a manageable safety profile alone or in combination with chemotherapy, supporting further development of the Company’s Lm Technology™. AXAL has Orphan Drug Designation in the U.S. for the treatment of anal cancer.
About The GOG Foundation, Inc.
The GOG Foundation, Inc. (GOG), now part of NRG Oncology, is a non-profit international organization with the purpose of promoting excellence in the quality and integrity of clinical and basic scientific research in the field of gynecologic malignancies. The GOG is committed to maintaining the highest standards in clinical trials development, execution, analysis and distribution of results. Continuous evaluation of its processes is utilized in order to constantly improve the quality of patient care. The GOG conducts clinical trials for patients with a variety of gynecologic malignancies, including cancers that arise from the ovaries, uterus, cervix, vagina and vulva. General information on many of these trials for medical professionals and the lay public can be obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov.
NRG Oncology is one of four adult cooperative groups funded under the newly structured NCI National Clinical Trials Network. NRG Oncology is comprised of three legacy cooperative groups, the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), and the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG).
About Advaxis, Inc.
Located in Princeton, N.J., Advaxis, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing multiple cancer immunotherapies based on its proprietary Lm Technology™. The Lm Technology™, using bioengineered live attenuated Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) bacteria, is the only known cancer immunotherapy agent shown in preclinical studies to both generate cancer- fighting T cells directed against cancer antigens and neutralize Tregs and myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) that protect the tumor microenvironment from immunologic attack and contribute to tumor growth. Advaxis' lead Lm Technology™ immunotherapy, axalimogene filolisbac (AXAL), targets human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers and is in clinical trials for three potential indications: Phase 2 in invasive cervical cancer, Phase 1/2 in head and neck cancer, and Phase 1/2 in anal cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted AXAL orphan drug designation for each of these three clinical settings. Advaxis has two additional immunotherapy products in human clinical development: ADXS-PSA in prostate cancer and ADXS-HER2 in HER2-expressing solid tumors.
Advaxis Forward-Looking Statement
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