Heat Biologics Announces Additional Positive Top Line Phase 2 Data of HS-110 plus Nivolumab in Advanced NSCLC Patients
Prospectively Defined PD-L1 Positive Patients Achieved Median Overall Survival of 42 Months
DURHAM, NC / ACCESSWIRE / November 20, 2019 / Heat Biologics, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTBX), presented additional positive Phase 2 interim top line data from Cohort A of the Company's Phase 2 trial of its T-cell activating cell-based therapy, HS-110, in combination with Opdivo® (nivolumab) in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) at a poster session at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Special Conference on Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy on November 19, 2019 available at https://www.heatbio.com/technology/scientific-publications. Cohort A enrolled only previously treated patients who have never received a checkpoint inhibitor (CPI).
The Company reported median overall survival (mOS) of 16.9 months with 50% of patients censored with median follow up of 17 months. This compares favorably to the 12.2 months mOS reported in the Checkmate 057[i] study with Bristol-Myers Squibb's nivolumab (Opdivo®) alone in a similar patient population. The Company also reported an objective response rate (ORR) per iRECIST of 22%, and a disease control rate (DCR) of 48%, with tumor shrinkage observed in 46% of patients.
Moreover, mOS of patients experiencing dermal injection site reactions (ISR) was 42.1 months. Statistically significant improvement in progression-free survival (PFS) and mOS was observed compared to those without ISR (Hazard Ratio = 0.51, p=0.042 and Hazard Ratio = 0.14, p <0.0001, respectively).
Jeff Hutchins, Ph.D., Heat's Chief Scientific and Operating Officer commented, "The data from Cohort A is extremely encouraging and builds upon our recently announced data in Cohort B, a population consisting of patients who previously progressed on a checkpoint inhibitor and were re-challenged with HS-110 plus nivolumab. Of special interest in Cohort A is a prospectively defined subset of PD-L1 positive patients who achieved a median overall survival of 42.1 months (95% CI; 15.8 - 42.1). This is particularly compelling when compared to overall survival rates in published literature of 1st or 2nd line checkpoint inhibitor monotherapy."
Highlights for Cohort A patients are presented below:
- Median Overall Survival of 16.9 months (50% of patients still alive with median follow up of 17 months)
- Median overall survival of ISR positive patients was 42.1 months (95% CI; 15.8 - 42.1) vs. an ISR negative mOS of 5.9 months (95% CI; 1.4 - 11.6) (Hazard Ratio = 0.14, p <0.0001)
- A prospectively defined analysis of PD-L1 negative vs. PD-L1 positive showed a difference in mOS of 16.9 months (95% CI; 5.5 - unk) to 42.1 months (95% CI; 1.6 - 42.1), respectively
- Objective Response Rate by iRECIST of 22% and DCR of 48%
- Tumor shrinkage in 46% of patients
- Patients who achieved stable disease or better showed statistically significant decreases in peripheral blood T cell subsets from baseline while on combination treatment
Jeff Wolf, Heat's CEO, commented, "We are strongly encouraged by this latest data release and believe the data from both Cohorts A and B will be helpful as we advance partnership and collaboration discussions."
About Heat Biologics, Inc.
Heat Biologics is a biopharmaceutical company developing immunotherapies designed to activate a patient's immune system against cancer using CD8+ "Killer" T-cells. 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 to attack cancer. Heat has completed enrollment in its Phase 2 clinical trial for advanced non-small cell lung cancer, in combination with Bristol-Myers Squibb's nivolumab (Opdivo®) or with Merck's pembrolizumab (Keytruda®). Pelican Therapeutics, a subsidiary of Heat, is focused on the development of co-stimulatory monoclonal antibody and fusion protein-based therapies designed to activate the immune system. Heat also has numerous pre-clinical programs at various stages of development. For more information, please visit www.heatbio.com.
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[i] Brahmer, J., Reckamp, K.L., Baas, P. et al, Nivolumab versus docetaxel in advanced squamous-cell non-small-cell lung cancer. N. Engl. J. Med. 2015;373:123-135
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Released November 20, 2019