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Continued progress on SCIB1 – eight patients reach 5 year survival milestone

Scancell Holdings plc

(“Scancell” or the “Company”)

Continued progress on SCIB1 – eight patients reach 5 year survival milestone

US IND on schedule for submission in 3Q17; New batch of SCIB1 for planned US CI combination study successfully manufactured 
Most resected Stage III and IV melanoma patients from the SCIB1 Phase 1/2 clinical trial remain alive and without disease recurrence
ImmunoBody patent approved in all major markets

Scancell Holdings plc, (‘Scancell’ or the ‘Company’) the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, today provides an update on SCIB1, the lead programme from the Company’s ImmunoBody® platform, and its future plans for a US clinical trial in malignant melanoma.

Dr Richard Goodfellow, CEO of Scancell, said: “We are pleased to report that most patients with resected disease enrolled in the SCIB1 clinical trial are still alive and without disease recurrence, including the majority of patients who were previously undergoing continuation treatment. As previously announced, our next study, which will be in the US, will assess the potential for an increase in response rate in patients with malignant melanoma when treated with SCIB1 and a checkpoint inhibitor. We remain on track to submit the IND for this study in 3Q17.

Dr Keith Flaherty, Director of the Termeer Center for Targeted Therapy at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, commented: “Despite the plethora of combination regimens under evaluation in melanoma, we believe that the SCIB1 / Checkpoint Inhibitor combination represents a novel, rational and safe approach that offers considerable clinical potential in a disease that still has significant medical need.”

SCIB1 Survival Update

As of July 2017, SCIB1 continues to deliver strong survival data:

  • Overall, 18 of 20 stage III/IV melanoma patients with resected disease remain alive with survival well beyond the established norms † Of the 16 resected patients who received 2-4mg doses of SCIB1, only six patients have had recurrence of their disease and of whom, only two have died. The median observation time for this group of patients is now 4.75 years, with seven patients surviving for more than 5 years since starting treatment and only three having evidence of disease recurrence during that period. *
  • One patient with unresected disease has also survived for more than 5 years since starting treatment with SCIB1, despite disease progression.*
  • Two of four resected patients who received 8 mg doses of SCIB1 have experienced disease recurrence although none have died.* The median observation time for this group of patients is 28 months

*All patients who relapsed went on to receive additional therapies for their melanoma

† Recurrence-free survival at 3 years in 951 resected stage III patients was 46.5% on ipilimumab and 34.8% on placebo (Eggermont et al Lancet Oncol 2015 May;16 (5):522-30) versus 69% at 3 years in 16 resected stage III/IV patients treated with SCIB1.

SCIB1 drug product manufacture and US IND

The new batch of SCIB1 has been manufactured successfully and will be released for clinical use in 3Q17. Following the pre-IND meeting held with the FDA in February 2017, we remain on track to submit the IND for a Phase 2 SCIB1/CI combination study in 3Q17.

SCIB1 continuation treatment

Of the eight patients who were previously receiving long term continuation treatment until this was suspended in June 2016, three have experienced a recurrence of their melanoma. The other five patients remain disease-free. Following a review with our clinical investigators it has been decided not to continue the SCIB1 long term continuation treatment in the five remaining disease-free patients. These patients have received between six and 17 doses of SCIB1 prior to a dosing holiday of more than 15 months. The company believes that the effects of any further dosing would therefore be difficult to interpret and to justify to the regulatory authorities.

ImmunoBody patent

As previously reported, a patent for its DNA ImmunoBody® technology has now been granted in Europe. This patent will extend global coverage of Scancell’s intellectual property with counterparts already granted in the United States, Australia and Japan.

Investor Events

Proactive One2One Forum, 13 July 2017 – Dr Richard Goodfellow

The event will commence at 6.00pm at the Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel, 35 Charles Street, Mayfair. Attendance is free. Proactive Investors One2One Forums have rapidly gained global recognition for companies to present to an audience of astute high net worth investors, fund managers, private client brokers and analysts. See Proactive Investors website for more details: http://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/register/event_details/106

The Company will provide a corporate presentation and will provide an update on its immunotherapy platform technologies:

  • ImmunoBody® - Best-in-class DNA vaccine technology for use in combination with checkpoint inhibitors or as monotherapy for patients with resected disease
  • Moditope® - Novel immunotherapy that destroys tumours and extends survival without the need for checkpoint inhibition

For further information, please contact:

Dr John Chiplin, Executive Chairman Scancell Holdings Plc +1 858 900 2646
Dr Richard Goodfellow, CEO   +44 (0) 20 3727 1000
Freddy Crossley (Corporate Finance) Panmure Gordon  +44 (0) 20 7886 2500
Maisie Atkinson (Sales)   +44 (0) 20 7886 2905
Mo Noonan/Simon Conway FTI Consulting + 44 (0) 20 3727 1000

 

About Scancell

Scancell is developing novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer based on its ImmunoBody® and Moditope® technology platforms.

Scancell’s first ImmunoBody®, SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma.  Data from the Phase 1/2 clinical trial demonstrate that SCIB1, when used as monotherapy, has a marked effect on tumour load, produces a melanoma-specific immune response and highly encouraging survival trend without serious side effects.  In patients with resected disease there is increasing evidence to suggest that SCIB1 may delay or prevent disease recurrence.

Scancell’s ImmunoBody® vaccines target dendritic cells and stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system: the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site and the cytotoxic T-lymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.

Pre-clinical data on a combination of SCIB1 or SCIB2 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 or CTLA-4 immune checkpoint pathways) have shown enhanced tumour destruction and significantly longer survival times than when either treatment was used alone.  Experimental data suggests that the high avidity T cells induced by ImmunoBody® vaccines increase expression of PDL-1 on the tumour cell surface, thereby making the tumours more sensitive to checkpoint inhibitor drugs.  Re-challenging animals with tumour cells after SCIB1 treatment resulted in 100% survival suggesting that ImmunoBody® induces a powerful memory response.  Such an effect has not been observed with checkpoint inhibitors.

Scancell has also identified and patented a series of modified epitopes that stimulate the production of killer CD4+ T cells that destroy tumours without toxicity.  The Directors believe that the Moditope® platform could play a major role in the development of safe and effective cancer immunotherapies in the future.

 

DNA ImmunoBody® Patent Granted in Europe

Scancell Holdings plc, (‘Scancell’ or the ‘Company’) the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, is pleased to announce that a patent for its DNA ImmunoBody® technology has now been granted in Europe.
The European patent, number 2134357, granted by the European Patent Office, covers Scancell’s DNA ImmunoBody® platform technology and is key to the protection of the Company’s pipeline of ImmunoBody®vaccines, including lead candidates, SCIB1 and SCIB2.

On issuance, this patent will extend coverage of Scancell’s intellectual property into another important market for Scancell. Counterparts to this patent have already been granted in the United States, Australia and Japan.

The European patent covers the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and Turkey.

Dr. Richard Goodfellow, Chief Executive Officer of Scancell, commented:
“The addition of this key European patent for DNA ImmunoBody® significantly bolsters our global intellectual property portfolio as we position the company for future growth.”

For Further Information:

Dr John Chiplin, Executive Chairman

Dr Richard Goodfellow, Joint CEO

Scancell Holdings Plc

+1 858 900 2646

+ 44 (0) 20 3727 1000

Freddy Crossley (Corporate Finance)

Tom Salvesen (Corporate Booking)

Panmure Gordon & Co

+44 (0) 20 7886 2500

+44 (0) 20 7886 2500

Mo Noonan/Simon Conway FTI Consulting

+ 44 (0) 20 3727 1000

 

About Scancell

Scancell is developing novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer based on its ImmunoBody® an Moditope® technology platforms. Scancell’s first ImmunoBody®, SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma. Data from the Phase 1/2 clinical trial demonstrate that SCIB1, when used as monotherapy, has a marked effect on tumour load, produces a melanoma-specific immune response and highly encouraging survival trend without serious side effects. In patients with resected disease there is increasing evidence to suggest that SCIB1 may delay or prevent disease recurrence.

Scancell’s ImmunoBody® vaccines target dendritic cells and stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system: the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site and the cytotoxic Tlymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.

Pre-clinical data on a combination of SCIB1 or SCIB2 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 or CTLA-4 immune checkpoint pathways) have shown enhanced tumour destruction and significantly longer survival times than when either treatment was used alone. Experimental data suggests that the high avidity T cells induced by ImmunoBody® vaccines increase expression of PDL-1 on the tumour cell surface, thereby making the tumours more sensitive to checkpoint inhibitor drugs. Re-challenging animals with tumour cells after SCIB1 treatment resulted in 100% survival suggesting that ImmunoBody® induces a powerful memory response. Such an effect has not been observed with checkpoint inhibitors.

Scancell has also identified and patented a series of modified epitopes that stimulate the production of killer CD4+ T cells that destroy tumours without toxicity. The Directors believe that the Moditope® platform could play a major role in the development of safe and effective cancer immunotherapies in the future.

Proposed placing to raise up to £5.0 million

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CONTAINS INSIDE INFORMATION. NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN WHOLE OR IN PART IN, INTO OR FROM ANY JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OR REGULATIONS OF THAT JURISDICTION.

Scancell Holdings plc

(“Scancell” or the “Company”)

Proposed Placing to raise up to £5.0 million

Funds raised will be used to initiate the clinical development of Modi-1, the first product from the Moditope® platform, and to continue to support the ImmunoBody® platform pipeline

Scancell Holdings plc (AIM: SCLP), the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, today announces a proposed placing of new Ordinary Shares in the Company (the “Placing Shares”) with existing and new institutional and professional investors to raise up to £5.0 million, before expenses, for the Company (the “Placing”).

The net proceeds of the Placing will be used to support the Company’s clinical development pipeline of novel cancer immunotherapies, in particular to initiate clinical development of the first product from the Moditope® platform, Modi-1, and to continue to support the pipeline arising from the ImmunoBody® platform. The Placing is within the Company’s existing allotment authorities granted at its prior annual general meeting.

The Chairman of the Company is expected to participate in the Placing with the intention to acquire approximately one million Placing Shares.

Dr Richard Goodfellow, Chief Executive Officer of Scancell, commented:

“We continue to make significant progress with both our ImmunoBody® and Moditope® platforms and believe that success in further clinical studies should add significant value to the Company."

“This proposed funding will principally allow us to begin clinical development of Modi-1, the lead product from our Moditope® platform. Compelling pre-clinical data suggests that Modi-1 should be effective in up to 90% of patients with triple negative breast cancer, up to 95% of patients with ovarian cancer and up to 100% of patients with sarcoma. We expect to begin a phase I/II study in sarcomas, breast and ovarian cancers in Q3 2018 with first efficacy and safety data expected in Q3 2019."

“Additionally, we will use funds for on-going support of SCIB1, the lead product from our Immunobody® platform, as we prepare to submit an Investigational New Drug application to the FDA in Q3 2017 ahead of our planned SCIB1 plus checkpoint inhibitor Phase II trial in Stage III/IV metastatic melanoma patients.”

The Placing will be conducted by way of an accelerated bookbuilding process (the “Bookbuild”) which will be launched immediately following this announcement in accordance with the Terms and Conditions set out in Appendix II. The Placing Shares are not being made available to the public. It is envisaged that the Bookbuild will be closed no later than 4.30 p.m. London time today, 11 May 2017.

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited (“Panmure Gordon”) is acting as Financial Adviser, Nominated Adviser and sole Bookrunner to the Company in relation to the Placing.

Further information about the Company and the Placing is set out in Appendix I. Capitalised terms not otherwise defined in the text of this Announcement are defined in Appendix III.

The Market Abuse Regulation ("MAR") became effective from 3 July 2016. Market Soundings, as defined in MAR, were taken in respect of the proposed Placing with the result that certain persons became aware of inside information, as permitted by MAR. That inside information is set out in this announcement and has been disclosed as soon as possible in accordance with paragraph 7 of article 17 of MAR. Therefore, those persons that received inside information in a Market Sounding are no longer in possession of inside information relating to the Company and its securities. The person responsible for arranging the release of this announcement on behalf of the Company is Dr Richard Goodfellow, a director of the Company.

For further information, please contact:

Dr John Chiplin, Executive Chairman Scancell Holdings Plc +1 858 900 2646
Dr Richard Goodfellow, CEO   +44 (0) 20 3727 1000
Freddy Crossley/Duncan Monteith (Corporate Finance) Panmure Gordon & Co +44 (0) 20 7886 2500
Tom Salvesen (Corporate Broking)    
Mo Noonan/Simon Conway FTI Consulting + 44 (0) 20 3727 1000

 

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SCIB1 Clinical Study Report

Report confirms robust survival in late stage melanoma patients

SCIB1 Phase 2 combination study on track; IND expected to be filed in H1 2017

Scancell Holdings plc, (‘Scancell’ or the ‘Company’) the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, today announces that the Clinical Study Report (CSR) on the SCIB1 Phase 1/2 clinical trial in patients with Stage III/IV malignant melanoma has been completed on schedule.

The Clinical Study Report includes safety, immunology and clinical data from all patients with Stage 3/4 melanoma up to 29 October 2015, the date of the last patient’s final dose in the main study. The main conclusions of the CSR are:

  • SCIB1 was safe and well tolerated over a dose range of 0.4 to 8mg with no serious adverse events related to SCIB1.
  • There was clear evidence of an immune response in most patients receiving SCIB1. There were significantly stronger responses to the 8mg dose than to the 2/4mg doses, indicating that this is the appropriate dose for future studies.
  • Immune responses were stronger in patients without tumour present at study entry than in patients with detectable tumour; SCIB1 may therefore be particularly effective as monotherapy in early stage patients with a low tumour burden. Continued and broader responses were seen for up to two years of treatment with SCIB1, suggesting that patients may derive benefit from long term administration.
  • In the nine patients with tumour present at screening who received either a 4mg or 8mg dose of SCIB1, there was evidence of clinical activity in two patients; one had a partial response by RECIST and a second patient had a greater than 30% reduction in tumour size in target lesions but progression in a non-target lesion.
  • In the 20 patients with no detectable tumour at screening, disease-free survival was much higher than expected based on historical comparisons.

Updated survival and disease recurrence data are as follows:

  • Currently 19 of the 20 patients with resected tumours at study entry remain alive
  • Of the 16 resected patients who received 2/4mg doses of SCIB1;
  • Median observation time since entry is 52 months and 58 months since first diagnosis of metastatic disease
  • Only five patients have progressed and one has died
  • One patient in this group has now reached their 5-year post-treatment survival time point;
  • Of the four resected patients who received 8mg doses of SCIB1 (recruited after lower dose cohorts)
  • Median observation time since entry is 21 months and 27 months since first diagnosis of metastatic disease
  • All patients are alive
  • Two of these patients experienced recurrence of their melanoma in Q4 2016 following early termination of their treatment in June 2016 pending manufacture of new SCIB1 supplies. One patient had received only one further dose of SCIB1 and the other had received two doses after the end of the main study period. Immune analysis from the patients recruited earlier suggests that patients may benefit from up to two years continuous treatment to effectively delay or prevent recurrence.

The Clinical Study Report will support the Company’s Investigational New Drug (IND) Application for SCIB1 which is anticipated to be filed with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in H1 2017 subject to the outcome of the pre-IND meeting planned for Q1 2017. Scancell is expecting to conduct a Phase 2 checkpoint inhibitor combination study with SCIB1 in melanoma in 2017, led by Principal Investigator Dr Keith Flaherty, Director of the Termeer Center for Targeted Therapy at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. A key objective of this important study will be to evaluate safety and response rates in melanoma patients administered SCIB1 in addition to a checkpoint inhibitor compared to the checkpoint inhibitor alone.

Dr Richard Goodfellow, CEO of Scancell, said: “We are pleased that the Clinical Study Report on our SCIB1 Phase 1/2 clinical trial in patients with melanoma has now been finalised, and will be able to support our US IND submission. We are very encouraged by the compelling survival data generated in this study which now demonstrates a median observation time since trial entry of more than four years for the 16 patients with resected tumours and receiving 2/4 mg doses of drug. This is supported by our long-term immune analysis that suggests continued dosing of SCIB1 may control disease in resected patients."

“We continue to expect to file our IND for SCIB1 in the first half of 2017, and to start our US clinical study of SCIB1 in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor next year. We look forward to updating the market further on these plans in due course.”

For Further Information:

Dr John Chiplin, Executive Chairman Scancell Holdings Plc +1 858 900 2646
Dr Richard Goodfellow, CEO    
Freddy Crossley (Corporate Finance) Panmure Gordon & Co +44 (0) 20 7886 2500
Tom Salvesen (Corporate Broking)    
Mo Noonan/Simon Conway FTI Consulting + 44 (0) 20 3727 1000

About Scancell

Scancell is developing novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer based on its ImmunoBody® and Moditope® technology platforms.
Scancell’s first ImmunoBody®, SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma. Data from the Phase 1/2 clinical trial demonstrate that SCIB1, when used as monotherapy, has a marked effect on tumour load, produces a melanoma-specific immune response and highly encouraging survival trend without serious side effects. In patients with resected disease there is increasing evidence to suggest that SCIB1 may delay or prevent disease recurrence.

Scancell’s ImmunoBody® vaccines target dendritic cells and stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system: the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site and the cytotoxic Tlymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.

Pre-clinical data on a combination of SCIB1 or SCIB2 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 or CTLA-4 immune checkpoint pathways) have shown enhanced tumour destruction and significantly longer survival times than when either treatment was used alone. Experimental data suggests that the high avidity T cells induced by ImmunoBody vaccines increase expression of PDL-1 on the tumour cell surface, thereby making the tumours more sensitive to checkpoint inhibitor drugs. Re-challenging animals with tumour cells after SCIB1 treatment resulted in 100% survival suggesting that ImmunoBody induces a powerful memory response. Such an effect has not been observed with checkpoint inhibitors.

Scancell has also identified and patented a series of modified epitopes that stimulate the production of killer CD4+ T cells that destroy tumours without toxicity. The Directors believe that the Moditope® platform could play a major role in the development of safe and effective cancer immunotherapies in the future.

Research Update - Amendment

This replaces the announcement number 0710T made on 3 January 2017 at 7:00am GMT due to the following amendment:

  • In the quote by Dr Richard Goodfellow, "next year" is replaced by "in the second half of the year".

All other details remain unchanged. The full amended text is shown below.

3 January 2017

Scancell Holdings Plc

("Scancell" or the "Company")

Final SCIB1 Phase 1/2 Clinical Study Report completed on schedule

Report confirms robust survival in late stage melanoma patients

SCIB1 Phase 2 combination study on track; IND expected to be filed in H1 2017

Scancell Holdings plc, ('Scancell' or the 'Company') the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, today announces that the Clinical Study Report (CSR) on the SCIB1 Phase 1/2 clinical trial in patients with Stage III/IV malignant melanoma has been completed on schedule.

The Clinical Study Report includes safety, immunology and clinical data from all patients with Stage III/IV melanoma up to 29 October 2015, the date of the last patient's final dose in the main study.  The main conclusions of the CSR are:

  • SCIB1 was safe and well tolerated over a dose range of 0.4 to 8mg with no serious adverse events related to SCIB1.
  • There was clear evidence of an immune response in most patients receiving SCIB1.  There were significantly stronger responses to the 8mg dose than to the 2/4mg doses, indicating that this is the appropriate dose for future studies.
  • Immune responses were stronger in patients without tumour present at study entry than in patients with detectable tumour; SCIB1 may therefore be particularly effective as monotherapy in early stage patients with a low tumour burden.  Continued and broader responses were seen for up to two years of treatment with SCIB1, suggesting that patients may derive benefit from long term administration.
  • In the nine patients with tumour present at screening who received either a 4mg or 8mg dose of SCIB1, there was evidence of clinical activity in two patients; one had a partial response by RECIST and a second patient had a greater than 30% reduction in tumour size in target lesions but progression in a non-target lesion.
  • In the 20 patients with no detectable tumour at screening, disease-free survival was much higher than expected based on historical comparisons.

Updated survival and disease recurrence data are as follows:

  • Currently 19 of the 20 patients with resected tumours at study entry remain alive
  • Of the 16 resected patients who received 2/4mg doses of SCIB1
    • Median observation time since entry is 52 months and 58 months since first diagnosis of metastatic disease
    • Only five patients have progressed and one has died
    • One patient in this group has now reached their 5-year post-treatment survival time point
  • Of the four resected patients who received 8mg doses of SCIB1 (recruited after lower dose cohorts)
    •  Median observation time since entry is 21 months and 27 months since first diagnosis of metastatic disease
    •  All patients are alive
    • Two of these patients experienced recurrence of their melanoma in Q4 2016 following early termination of their treatment in June 2016 pending manufacture of new SCIB1 supplies.  One patient had received only one further dose of SCIB1 and the other had received two doses after the end of the main study period.  Immune analysis from the patients recruited earlier suggests that patients may benefit from up to two years continuous treatment to effectively delay or prevent recurrence

The Clinical Study Report will support the Company's Investigational New Drug (IND) Application for SCIB1 which is anticipated to be filed with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in H1 2017 subject to the outcome of the pre-IND meeting planned for Q1 2017.  Scancell is expecting to conduct a Phase 2 checkpoint inhibitor combination study with SCIB1 in melanoma in 2017, led by Principal Investigator Dr Keith Flaherty, Director of the Termeer Center for Targeted Therapy at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.  A key objective of this important study will be to evaluate safety and response rates in melanoma patients administered SCIB1 in addition to a checkpoint inhibitor compared to the checkpoint inhibitor alone.

Dr Richard Goodfellow, CEO of Scancell, said:  "We are pleased that the Clinical Study Report on our SCIB1 Phase 1/2 clinical trial in patients with melanoma has now been finalised, and will be able to support our US IND submission.  We are very encouraged by the compelling survival data generated in this study which now demonstrates a median observation time since trial entry of more than four years for the 16 patients with resected tumours and receiving 2/4 mg doses of drug.  This is supported by our long-term immune analysis that suggests continued dosing of SCIB1 may control disease in resected patients."

"We continue to expect to file our IND for SCIB1 in the first half of 2017, and to start our US clinical study of SCIB1 in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor in the second half of the year.  We look forward to updating the market further on these plans in due course."

For Further Information:

Dr John Chiplin, Executive Chairman Scancell Holdings Plc +1 858 900 2646
Dr Richard Goodfellow, CEO   +44 (0) 20 3727 1000
Freddy Crossley (Corporate Finance) Panmure Gordon & Co +44 (0) 20 7886 2500
Tom Salvesen (Corporate Broking)   +44 (0) 20 7886 2500
Mo Noonan/Simon Conway FTI Consulting + 44 (0) 20 3727 1000

 

About Scancell

Scancell is developing novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer based on its ImmunoBody® and Moditope® technology platforms.

Scancell's first ImmunoBody®, SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma.  Data from the Phase 1/2 clinical trial demonstrate that SCIB1, when used as monotherapy, has a marked effect on tumour load, produces a melanoma-specific immune response and highly encouraging survival trend without serious side effects.  In patients with resected disease there is increasing evidence to suggest that SCIB1 may delay or prevent disease recurrence.

Scancell's ImmunoBody® vaccines target dendritic cells and stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system: the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site and the cytotoxic T-lymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.

Pre-clinical data on a combination of SCIB1 or SCIB2 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 or CTLA-4 immune checkpoint pathways) have shown enhanced tumour destruction and significantly longer survival times than when either treatment was used alone.  Experimental data suggests that the high avidity T cells induced by ImmunoBody® vaccines increase expression of PDL-1 on the tumour cell surface, thereby making the tumours more sensitive to checkpoint inhibitor drugs.  Re-challenging animals with tumour cells after SCIB1 treatment resulted in 100% survival suggesting that ImmunoBody® induces a powerful memory response.  Such an effect has not been observed with checkpoint inhibitors.

Scancell has also identified and patented a series of modified epitopes that stimulate the production of killer CD4+ T cells that destroy tumours without toxicity.  The Directors believe that the Moditope® platform could play a major role in the development of safe and effective cancer immunotherapies in the future.

Scancell to present at the World Immunotherapy Congress in Basel and at the Biotech and Money Inv€$tival Showcase in London

Scancell Holdings plc, (‘Scancell’ or the ‘Company’) the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, announces that it will be presenting at the World Immunotherapy Congress being held on 14-16 November 2016 in Basel, Switzerland and at the Biotech and Money Inv€$tival Showcase on 18 November 2016 in London, UK.

At the World Immunotherapy Congress, Professor Lindy Durrant, Chief Scientific Officer of Scancell, will be presenting: “SCIB1, SCIB2 and Moditope novel cancer vaccines” at 11:25am on 16 November 2016 as part of the Cancer Vaccines segment.

At the Biotech and Money Inv€$tival Showcase, Dr Richard Goodfellow, Chief Executive Officer of Scancell, will be presenting an overview of the Company at 10:45am on 18 November 2016. Dr Richard Goodfellow will also be available to participate in one-on-one meetings with investors who are registered to attend the conference.

For Further Information:

Dr John Chiplin, Executive Chairman Scancell Holdings Plc +1 858 900 2646
Dr Richard Goodfellow, CEO   +44 (0) 20 3727 1000
Freddy Crossley (Corporate Finance) Panmure Gordon & Co +44 (0) 20 7886 2500
Tom Salvesen (Corporate Broking)   +44 (0) 20 7886 2500
Mo Noonan/Simon Conway FTI Consulting + 44 (0) 20 3727 1000

About The World Immunotherapy Congress
Immunotherapy currently offers the brightest hope for cancer treatment. New developments with checkpoint inhibitors and co-stimulatory targets have enabled some stunning breakthroughs and high optimism for the
sector. Recently, there have been some incredibly exciting new therapies in the field.

Our vision is to bring together the full community and provide a single meeting point for the whole value chain. It is where science meets business to make immunotherapy the cornerstone of the fight against
cancer.

The event is new, though the ideas and relationships are not. The event comes out of our discussions with leading clinicians, pharmaceutical companies, biotechs and research institutes held every year at the
successful European Antibody Congress, now in its twelfth successful year.


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About Scancell

Scancell is developing novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer based on its ImmunoBody® and Moditope® technology platforms.
Scancell’s first ImmunoBody®, SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma. Data from the Phase 1/2 clinical trial demonstrate that SCIB1, when used as monotherapy, has a marked effect on tumour
load, produces a melanoma-specific immune response and highly encouraging survival trend without serious side effects. In patients with resected disease there is increasing evidence to suggest that SCIB1 may delay or prevent disease recurrence.

Scancell’s ImmunoBody® vaccines target dendritic cells and stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system: the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site and the cytotoxic Tlymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.

Pre-clinical data on a combination of SCIB1 or SCIB2 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 or CTLA-4 immune checkpoint pathways) have shown enhanced tumour destruction and significantly longer
survival times than when either treatment was used alone.
Scancell has also identified and patented a series of modified epitopes that stimulate the production of killer CD4+ T cells that destroy tumours without toxicity. The Directors believe that the Moditope® platform could
play a major role in the development of safe and effective cancer immunotherapies in the future.

Scancell preparing SCIB2 for clinical study in lung cancer

  • SCIB2 will be developed for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor
  • Latest SCIB2 data published in peer-reviewed journal OncoImmunology confirms potent antitumour activity was further enhanced by checkpoint blockade
  • Extension of clinical application from melanoma to lung cancer highlights potential of ImmunoBody® platform technology to target broad range of cancers

Scancell Holdings plc, (‘Scancell’ or the ‘Company’) the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, today announces its intention to develop its SCIB2 ImmunoBody® for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor. Scancell’s Board approved the decision based on the outstanding results from the SCIB1 melanoma clinical trial which extended several years beyond the original completion date due to the unexpectedly long survival times. Planning for Phase I/II clinical trials in NSCLC is currently underway.

The latest data on SCIB2 has recently been published in OncoImmunology1, a highly regarded journal at the frontier between oncology and immunology. The results confirmed that SCIB2, an ImmunoBody® encoding NYESO-1 epitopes, induced potent anti-tumour immunity which was further enhanced by checkpoint blockade.

Prof Lindy Durrant, Chief Scientific Officer of Scancell, said: “Our clinical experience with the first ImmunoBody®, SCIB1, in the melanoma setting will greatly facilitate planning and execution of our planned lung cancer clinical trials with SCIB2. We believe that success with this clinical programme will highlight that ImmunoBody® has the potential to be applicable to cancers with very different characteristics and underlying genetics.”

Dr Richard Goodfellow, Chief Executive Officer of Scancell, said: “It is recognised that the successful exploitation of novel therapeutic mechanisms, such as that underlying our ImmunoBody® platform, will be critical to further improving the poor mortality rates of patients with lung cancer. The data we have generated to date with the SCIB2 ImmunoBody® suggest that it should be well tolerated and be an ideal complement to existing and emerging portfolios of checkpoint inhibitor therapies in the treatment of NSCLC.”

The Company will now begin to assemble a lung cancer investigator team in the United States to assist in finalising the clinical trial design.

Lung cancer remains one of the most prevalent and difficult to treat cancers in need of novel therapeutic approaches. According to the Bonnie Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, one of the largest philanthropic organisations targeting the disease, more than 228,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer in the United States alone, and more 160,000 will go on to die. Lung cancer accounts for 27% of all cancer deaths, more than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined.2 ImmunoBody® is designed to be used to complement existing treatments in combination approaches, but may also be valuable where current treatments are either unsuitable or unavailable.

1 SCIB2, an antibody DNA vaccine encoding NY-ESO-1 epitopes, induces potent antitumor immunity which is further enhanced by checkpoint blockade. Xue W, Metheringham RL, Brentville VA, Gunn B, Symonds P, Yagita H, Ramage JM, Durrant LG. OncoImmunology.
2016 Apr 22;5(6):e1169353. doi: 10.1080/2162402X.2016.1169353. eCollection 2016 Jun. PMID: 27471648


2 Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (http://www.lungcancerfoundation.org/about-us/lung-cancer-facts/)

For Further Information:

Dr John Chiplin, Executive Chairman Scancell Holdings Plc +1 858 900 2646
Dr Richard Goodfellow, CEO   +44 (0) 20 3727 1000
Freddy Crossley (Corporate Finance) Panmure Gordon & Co +44 (0) 20 7886 2500
Tom Salvesen (Corporate Broking)   +44 (0) 20 7886 2500
Mo Noonan/Simon Conway FTI Consulting + 44 (0) 20 3727 1000

About ImmunoBody®
ImmunoBody® is an injectable DNA based immunotherapy with a customizable targeting mechanism for multiple specific cancer types. Two additional major practical advantages of ImmunoBody® are a benign toxicity profile and a relatively low cost of manufacture.

About Scancell
Scancell is developing novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer based on its ImmunoBody® and Moditope® technology platforms.
Scancell’s first ImmunoBody®, SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma. Data from the Phase 1/2 clinical trial demonstrate that SCIB1, when used as monotherapy, has a marked effect on tumour load, produces a melanoma-specific immune response and highly encouraging survival trend without serious side effects. In patients with resected disease there is increasing evidence to suggest that SCIB1 may delay or prevent disease recurrence.

Pre-clinical data on a combination of SCIB1 or SCIB2 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 or CTLA-4 immune checkpoint pathways) have shown enhanced tumour destruction and significantly longer survival times than when either treatment was used alone.

Scancell’s ImmunoBody® treatments target dendritic cells and stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system: the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site and the cytotoxic Tlymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.

Scancell has also identified and patented a series of modified epitopes that stimulate the production of killer CD4+ T cells that destroy tumours without toxicity. The Directors believe that the Moditope® platform could play a major role in the development of safe and effective cancer immunotherapies in the future.

Final Results for the year ended 30 April 2016

Landmark four year survival achieved in resected SCIB1 patients
Emerging pipeline of three products across five cancer indications

Scancell Holdings plc, (‘Scancell’ or the ‘Company’) the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, announces results for the year ended 30 April 2016.

Read the full document here

Highlights

  • SCIB1 continues to deliver significant survival data from the Phase 1/2 clinical trial in patients with Stage III/IV melanoma
    • Currently 19 of the 20 patients with resected tumours at study entry remain alive
    • Of the 16 patients who received 2-4mg doses of SCIB1
      • Median observation time since entry is 49 months, a landmark survival milestone
      • Only two new incidences of disease progression have been recorded since December 2013
    • Of the four patients who received 8mg doses of SCIB1
      • Median observation time since entry is 18 months
      • None have progressed and none have died
    • As announced on 17 June 2016, treatment for the eight patients in the long-term continued dosing phase has been suspended due to the clinical trial supplies no longer being within the original specification
    • New SCIB1 material being manufactured to support a new study of SCIB1 in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor will also be made available to these continuation patients (subject to regulatory approval)
    • Plans for the US clinical study of SCIB1 in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor remain on track, enrolment expected to commence in Q3 2017
    • The final Clinical Study Report will be issued later this year and will support our US IND submission
  • Continued progress made in development of lead product, Modi-1, from Moditope® platform
    • Enrolment for first-in-man clinical study in triple negative breast cancer, ovarian cancer and osteosarcoma expected to commence in early 2018
  • Strategic collaboration with Karolinska Institutet to explore the role of citrullination in cancer, a key mechanism underpinning the Moditope® platform
  • £6.2m (£5.8m net) raised through a firm placing and open offer involving both existing and new shareholders
  • John Chiplin appointed Chairman
  • Loss for the year of £2,583,273 (2015: loss £2,414,630)
  • Group cash balance at 30 April 2016 was £6,527,435 (30 April 2015: £3,059,001)

Post Period Highlights

  • Scancell’s executive management team restructured to align expertise with the strategic direction outlined in fundraising
  • Dr Alan Lewis appointed to Board as Non-Executive Director
  • Opening of new offices in San Diego, US and Oxford, UK to support Company’s growth plans

Dr John Chiplin, Executive Chairman of Scancell, said:

“We have continued to make significant progress in the period, both in terms of the maturing clinical data with SCIB1 and further scientific developments on both the ImmunoBody® and Moditope® platforms. We now have a pipeline of three products across five cancer indications and clinical success with any one of these products could transform the value of the business. The Board believes that further clinical studies could add significant value to the Company and is continuing to explore a number of funding options to ensure that the Company has the resources to progress these programmes further.

“Scancell has arrived at an exciting point in its development. We now have the opportunity to transform the business from a small UK-based and largely scientifically-based enterprise into an international force in immuno-oncology. We remain committed to driving this process forward in the US and elsewhere, and to realising the value that has been accumulating over recent years, both for the benefit of our shareholders and cancer patients.”

For Further Information:

Dr John Chiplin, Executive Chairman Scancell Holdings Plc +1 858 900 2646
Dr Richard Goodfellow, CEO Scancell Holdings Plc +44 (0) 20 3727 1000
Freddy Crossley (Corporate Finance) Panmure Gordon & Co +44 (0) 20 7886 2500
Tom Salvesen(Corporate Banking) Panmure Gordon & Co +44 (0) 20 7886 2500
Mo Noonan/Simon Conway FTI Consulting + 44 (0) 20 3727 1000

About Scancell

Scancell is developing novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer based on its ImmunoBody® and Moditope® technology platforms.

Scancell’s first ImmunoBody®, SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma. Data from the Phase 1/2 clinical trial demonstrate that SCIB1, when used as monotherapy, has a marked effect on tumour load, produces a melanoma-specific immune response and highly encouraging survival trend without serious side effects. In patients with resected disease there is increasing evidence to suggest that SCIB1 may delay or prevent disease recurrence.

Scancell’s ImmunoBody® vaccines target dendritic cells and stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system: the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site and the cytotoxic Tlymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.

Pre-clinical data on a combination of SCIB1 or SCIB2 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 or CTLA-4 immune checkpoint pathways) have shown enhanced tumour destruction and significantly longer survival times than when either treatment was used alone.

Scancell has also identified and patented a series of modified epitopes that stimulate the production of killer CD4+ T cells that destroy tumours without toxicity. The Directors believe that the Moditope® platform could play a major role in the development of safe and effective cancer immunotherapies in the future.

Appointment of Eurogentec as SCIB1 manufacturer

Leading DNA plasmid manufacturer Eurogentec appointed to manufacture new SCIB1 material 

Scancell Holdings plc, (‘Scancell’ or the ‘Company’) the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, today announces an agreement with Eurogentec S.A, an FDA inspected CMO specialised in the GMP production of plasmid DNA and recombinant proteins, for the manufacture of new supplies of Scancell’s SCIB1 ImmunoBody® vaccine for use in the US clinical study of SCIB1 in combination with a checkpoint inhibitor, expected to commence in 2017. Upon completion and once fully evaluated, which is expected to take approximately 9-12 months, this clinical trial material will also be available to recommence dosing of patients in the Company’s long-term extension of the Phase 1/2 SCIB1 clinical study in malignant melanoma (subject to regulatory approval).

Eurogentec’s biologics division produces clinical trial and commercial biopharmaceutical material compliant with current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) for all major markets according to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) requirements. The company is FDA inspected (2011, 2013, 2014) and currently manufactures a biopharmaceutical marketed in the US. In the field of plasmid DNA, Eurogentec is a recognised leading CMO having recently manufactured 150g of plasmid DNA material for a major pharmaceutical company with plans to scale the process to commercial
requirements.

Dr Richard Goodfellow, CEO of Scancell, said: 
“We are delighted to be working with Eurogentec, a world class manufacturer, to provide the new batch of SCIB1 material. As can be seen from the latest data from our Phase 1/2 clinical trial, SCIB1 continues to deliver compelling survival data in patients with resected stage III/IV melanoma. This new supply will not only be used in our upcoming US checkpoint inhibitor combination trial, but also enable us to recommence treating patients in the long-term extension of the Phase 1/2 study.
“Access to Eurogentec’s expertise and proprietary manufacturing processes has the potential to substantially increase the yields of SCIB1 and fast-track the scale-up that will be required for future Phase III and commercial supply.”

For Further Information:

Dr John Chiplin, Executive Chairman

Dr Richard Goodfellow, CEO

Scancell Holdings Plc

+1 858 900 2646

+44 (0) 20 3727 1000

Freddy Crossley (Corporate Finance)

Tom Salvesen (Corporate Broking)

Panmure Gordon & Co

+44 (0) 20 7886 2500

+44 (0) 20 7886 2500

Mo Noonan/Simon Conway FTI Consulting + 44 (0) 20 3727 1000

About Scancell

Scancell is developing novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer based on its ImmunoBody® and Moditope® technology platforms.
Scancell’s first ImmunoBody®, SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma. Data from thePhase 1/2 clinical trial demonstrate that SCIB1, when used as monotherapy, has a marked effect on tumour load, produces a melanoma-specific immune response and highly encouraging survival trend without serious side effects. In patients with resected disease there is increasing evidence to suggest that SCIB1 may delay or prevent disease recurrence.

Scancell’s ImmunoBody® vaccines target dendritic cells and stimulate both parts of the cellular immune system: the helper cell system where inflammation is stimulated at the tumour site and the cytotoxic Tlymphocyte or CTL response where immune system cells are primed to recognise and kill specific cells.

Pre-clinical data on a combination of SCIB1 or SCIB2 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 or CTLA-4 immune checkpoint pathways) have shown enhanced tumour destruction and significantly longer survival times than when either treatment was used alone.
Scancell has also identified and patented a series of modified epitopes that stimulate the production of killer CD4+ T cells that destroy tumours without toxicity. The Directors believe that the Moditope® platform could play a major role in the development of safe and effective cancer immunotherapies in the future.

About Eurogentec

Eurogentec S.A., part of Kaneka Corporation, is a leading global supplier of innovative reagents, kits, specialty products and custom services. Through its three inter-related business units, the company provides high quality products to scientists involved in the life science, biotechnology, diagnostic and pharmaceutical markets. Eurogentec is fully ISO 9001, ISO 13485 certified, cGMP accredited by the Belgian Ministry of Health and approved by the US FDA for the commercial manufacturing of a biologic marketed in the US.

www.eurogentec.com