Advaxis withdraws MMA for axalimogene filolisbac, submits IND for ADXS-HOT
Advaxis announced a clinical update. Advaxis' regulatory action in Europe is based on European Medicines Agency, or EMA, feedback following its initial review indicating the application will likely need additional data to support a conditional approval. The February submission included data from the Phase 2 GOG-0265 study in 50 patients, which showed a 12-month overall survival rate, primary efficacy endpoint, of 38% in women with persistent, recurrent or metastatic carcinoma of the cervix, representing a 55% improvement over a model-predicted 12-month overall survival rate of 24.5%. As more than half of the women treated in this study had received multiple prior lines of therapy including with bevacizumab treatment, the 38% 12-month overall survival rate was unprecedented when compared against historical data. The company continues to believe that the results from the GOG-0265 study are clinically meaningful and provide proof-of-concept that axalimogene filolisbac demonstrated clinical activity in metastatic cervical cancer. The withdrawal of this application does not impact the ongoing clinical trials of axalimogene filolisbac. As previously communicated, Advaxis is actively seeking a partner to support the late-stage cervical cancer program. The company also announced that it has submitted an IND with the FDA to study its first product candidate from the ADXS-HOT program, ADXS-503, for the treatment of NSCLC. Upon allowance of the IND for ADXS-503, the company plans to initiate an open-label, Phase 1/2 clinical trial. Further details of the study design will be provided after the IND is allowed. Advaxis expects the first patient will be dosed by the end of 2018. Additionally, Advaxis anticipates submitting a second IND from the ADXS-HOT program within the next six months, for its drug candidate referred to as ADXS-504, for the treatment of prostate cancer.