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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Company News: ISA Pharmaceuticals Announces Start of First Phase I/II Clinical Trial of its SLP®-AMPLIVANT® Conjugates

Leiden University Medical Center to study novel immunotherapeutic in HPV-positive head & neck cancer patients

ISA Pharmaceuticals B.V., a clinical-stage immunotherapy company focusing on rationally designed immunotherapeutics against cancer and persistent viral infections, has announced the start of an investigator-initiated Phase I/II clinical trial of a novel immunotherapeutic based on ISA Pharmaceuticals´ platform technology. The trial will be conducted by the Department of Clinical Oncology at Leiden University Medical Center in The Netherlands. The study will investigate the biological activity and safety of the compound in head and neck cancer patients who tested positive for human papilloma virus type 16 (HPV16). HPV infections, in particular HPV16, are one of the major causes of this type of cancer. The immunotherapeutic is a conjugate of two HPV16 E6 Synthetic Long Peptides (SLP®s) covalently linked to AMPLIVANT®, a synthetic Toll-like receptor (TLR) 1/2 ligand. The investigators have assigned the acronym HESPECTA to the conjugate (HPV E-Six Peptide Conjugated To AMPLIVANT®).

Monday, February 23, 2015

Company News: Anergis Presents Sustained Efficacy Data from its AllerT Phase IIb Trial at the AAAAI Annual Meeting

- Contiguous Overlapping Peptide allergy immunotherapeutic AllerT confirms sustained efficacy in the second year following treatment

Anergis, a company developing novel and proprietary ultra-fast allergy immunotherapeutics, presented detailed data from the Phase IIb trial of its birch pollen allergy immunotherapeutic AllerT in two separate scientific posters at the AAAAI (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology) Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas. The findings were presented on February 22, 2015. Abstracts can be found at www.anergis.ch. AllerT is Anergis´ most advanced long-peptide immunotherapeutic and based on the company´s proprietary Contiguous Overlapping Peptide (COP) platform.

In 2013, the clinical efficacy of AllerT was demonstrated in a field-based, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial in 239 patients with birch pollen allergy, who received either AllerT (at 50μg or 100μg doses) or a placebo during a 2-month immunotherapy regimen. All main efficacy and safety endpoints were met in this study.