Combining ComPACT DNA electroporation and cellular vaccination led to increased tumor antigen-specific CD8+ T cells, delayed tumor progression and improved overall survival in preclinical models
Demonstrates possible synergistic benefits of vaccination plus intratumoral injection
DURHAM, N.C., April 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heat Biologics, Inc. (Nasdaq:HTBX), a leader in the development of immunotherapies designed to activate a patient’s immune system against cancer, announced that it presented new preclinical data from its collaboration with OncoSec Medical Incorporated (Nasdaq:ONCS), focused on evaluating the combination of Heat’s immunotherapy platforms with intratumoral electroporation (EP), at the AACR Annual Meeting. In the poster entitled “Combined Intratumoral Electroporation and Allogenic Vaccination of Gp96-Ig/Fc-OX40L Stimulates CD8+ T cell Cross Priming to Tumor-Specific Neoantigens and Enhances Anti-Tumor Response,” (abstract #5617) researchers combined EP of ComPACT DNA (expressing Gp96-Ig and FC-OX40L) directly into a tumor, with cell-based ComPACT vaccination, to explore the effects of an intratumoral plus vaccination approach in a preclinical mouse model of melanoma. Results confirmed that this combination approach led to increased antigen-specific CD8+ T cells, enhanced anti-tumor response and improved overall survival compared to individual treatments.
“This proof-of-principal study shows there may be benefit in combining our vaccines with an intratumoral approach to deliver the vaccine directly into the tumor to increase the coverage of tumor-specific shared- and neo-antigen presentation,” said Jeff Hutchins, Ph.D., Heat’s Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President of Preclinical Development. “It opens up the possibility of pairing our ImPACT and ComPACT platform technologies with intratumoral approaches, which aligns with our strategy to advance new, synergistic immuno-oncology combinations to improve patient outcomes.”
About Heat Biologics, Inc.
Heat Biologics, Inc. (Nasdaq:HTBX) is an immuno-oncology company developing novel therapies that are designed to activate a patient’s immune system against cancer utilizing an engineered form of gp96, a protein that robustly activates the immune system. Heat’s highly specific T cell-stimulating therapeutic vaccine platform technologies, ImPACT and ComPACT, in combination with other therapies, such as checkpoint inhibitors, are designed to address three distinct but synergistic mechanisms of action: robust activation of CD8+ “killer” T cells (one of the human immune system’s most potent weapons against cancer); reversal of tumor-induced immune suppression; and T cell co-stimulation to further enhance patients’ immune response. Currently, Heat is conducting a Phase 2 trial with HS-110 (viagenpumatucel-L) in combination with an anti-PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor to treat patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and a Phase 2 trial with HS-410 (vesigenurtacel-L) in patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC).
Heat’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Zolovax, Inc., is developing therapeutic and preventative vaccines to treat infectious diseases based on Heat’s gp96 vaccine technology, with a current focus on the development of a Zika vaccine in conjunction with the University of Miami.
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About OncoSec Medical Incorporated
OncoSec is a biotechnology company developing DNA-based intratumoral immunotherapies with an investigational technology, ImmunoPulse®, for the treatment of cancer. ImmunoPulse® is designed to enhance the local delivery and uptake of DNA-based immune-targeting agents, such as IL-12. In Phase I and II clinical trials, ImmunoPulse® IL-12 has demonstrated a favorable safety profile and evidence of anti-tumor activity in the treatment of various solid tumors as well as a systemic immune response. OncoSec's lead program, ImmunoPulse® IL-12, is currently in clinical development for metastatic melanoma and triple-negative breast cancer. The program's current focus is on the significant unmet medical need in patients with melanoma who are refractory or non-responsive to anti-PD-1/PD-L1 therapies. In addition to ImmunoPulse® IL-12, the Company is also identifying and developing new immune-targeting agents for use with the ImmunoPulse® platform.
For more information, please visit www.oncosec.com.
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