- Part B of the study, a subsequent extension of the optimal dose from Part A, to enroll 10 first-recurrent GBM patients
- Initial immunologic data from Part B expected around year-end 2019
- Expanded immunologic data and tumor and clinical responses expected H1 2020
VBI Vaccines Inc. (Nasdaq: VBIV) (VBI), a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company developing next-generation infectious disease and immuno-oncology vaccines, today announced that the first patient has been dosed in Part B of the ongoing Phase 1/2a clinical study of VBI-1901, VBI’s oncology immunotherapeutic, in recurrent glioblastoma (GBM) patients.
“We were very encouraged by the results we saw in Part A of the study, notably that three out of the six patients in the high-dose cohort had evidence of stable disease by magnetic resonance imaging,” said David Anderson, Ph.D., VBI’s Chief Scientific Officer. “In part B of the study, we are narrowing the enrollment criteria to first-recurrent GBM patients so that we may better assess the potential correlation between immunogenicity and tumor and clinical responses to VBI-1901. GBM is an incredibly aggressive and devastating disease with very few treatment options, and we believe VBI-1901 has the potential to help address this tragic unmet medical need.”
The ongoing two-part study is a multi-center, open-label study conducted at The Neurological Institute of New York Columbia University Medical Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Massachusetts General Hospital.
About the Phase 1/2a Study Design
VBI’s two-part Phase 1/2a study is a multi-center, open-label, dose-escalation study of VBI-1901 in up to 28 patients with recurrent GBM:
- Part A:
- Dose-escalation phase that defined the safety, tolerability, and optimal dose level of VBI-1901 in recurrent GBM patients.
- This phase enrolled 18 recurrent GBM patients across three dose cohorts of VBI-1901: 0.4 µg, 2.0 µg, and 10.0µg.
- Part B:
- Subsequent extension of the optimal dose level, 10.0 µg, as defined in the Part A dose escalation phase.
- This phase is expected to enroll an expanded cohort of approximately 10 additional first-recurrent GBM patients.
VBI-1901 is administered intradermally and is adjuvanted with granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), a potent adjuvant that mobilizes dendritic cell function. Patients in both phases of the study will receive the vaccine immunotherapeutic every four weeks until tumor progression.
Additional information, including a detailed description of the study design, eligibility criteria, and investigator sites, is available at ClinicalTrials.gov using identifier NCT03382977.
About VBI Vaccines Inc.
VBI Vaccines Inc. (Nasdaq: VBIV) is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a next generation of vaccines to address unmet needs in infectious disease and immuno-oncology. VBI is advancing the prevention and treatment of hepatitis B, with the only commercially-approved trivalent hepatitis B vaccine, Sci-B-Vac®, which is approved for use in Israel and 10 other countries and is currently in a Phase 3 program in the U.S., Europe, and Canada, and with an immunotherapeutic in development for a functional cure for chronic hepatitis B. VBI’s eVLP Platform technology allows for the development of enveloped virus-like particles (eVLP) that closely mimic the target virus to elicit a potent immune response. Integrating its cytomegalovirus (CMV) expertise with the eVLP platform technology, VBI’s lead eVLP program candidates include a prophylactic CMV vaccine candidate and a glioblastoma (GBM) vaccine immunotherapeutic candidate. VBI is headquartered in Cambridge, MA with research operations in Ottawa, Canada and research and manufacturing facilities in Rehovot, Israel.
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