ECLIPSE was designed to evaluate the safety, immune response and efficacy of the combination immunotherapy of CRS-207 and GVAX Pancreas compared to chemotherapy. The trial also included a treatment arm to evaluate CRS-207 as a monotherapy. The primary endpoint of the trial is overall survival in the primary cohort of patients who have received two or more prior therapies for metastatic disease. A second cohort of patients who received one prior therapy for metastatic disease is also being evaluated.
"This is a significant clinical trial in the pancreatic cancer field which has the potential to yield important information on the role of Aduro's immunotherapy combination in this indication," said
"The fight against metastatic pancreatic cancer continues to be arduous," said
The ECLIPSE trial was initiated following a Phase 2a trial which demonstrated efficacy of the immunotherapy combination with CRS-207 and GVAX Pancreas compared to GVAX Pancreas alone in a randomized, controlled, multi-center trial in metastatic pancreatic cancer patients. Results of the Phase 2a clinical trial, published in the
Overall, the combination immunotherapy was well-tolerated. Of the 93 patients enrolled, the most common Grade 3 adverse events were transient lymphopenia, fevers, elevated liver enzymes and fatigue.
In 2014, the
CRS-207 is one of a family of product candidates based on Aduro's live-attenuated, double-deleted (LADD) Listeria monocytogenes immuno-oncology platform that are designed to induce potent innate and adaptive immune responses. CRS-207 has been engineered to express the tumor-associated antigen mesothelin, which is over-expressed in many cancers including mesothelioma and pancreatic, non-small cell lung, ovarian and gastric cancers.
About GVAX Pancreas
GVAX Pancreas is one of a family of GVAX immunotherapies derived from human cancer cell lines that are genetically modified to express granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), an immune system-stimulating cytokine. GVAX Pancreas is derived from human pancreatic cancer cell lines and is designed to activate specific T cell immunity to pancreatic cancer antigens, including mesothelin.
Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our intentions or current expectations concerning, among other things, timing for top line results from the ECLIPSE clinical trial, the potential for CRS-207 GVAX Pancreas in metastatic pancreatic cancer and the potential for eventual regulatory approval, commercialization and launch of our product candidates. In some cases you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as "believe," "may," "will," "estimate," "continue," "anticipate," "intend," "could," "would," "project," "plan," "expect" or the negative or plural of these words or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those anticipated, including, but not limited to, our history of net operating losses and uncertainty regarding our ability to achieve profitability, our ability to develop and commercialize our product candidates, our ability to use and expand our technology platforms to build a pipeline of product candidates, our dependence on our lead product candidate, CRS-207, and GVAX Pancreas, our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approval of our product candidates, our inability to operate in a competitive industry and compete successfully against competitors that have greater resources than we do, our reliance on third parties, and our ability to obtain and adequately protect intellectual property rights for our product candidates. We discuss many of these risks in greater detail under the heading "Risk Factors" contained in the most recent Form 10-Q which is on file with the
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