Scancell to provide update on SCIB1 data in resected melanoma patients at 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting

Scancell Holdings Plc, (AIM:SCLP), the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, today announces that the latest data from the ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial of SCIB1, its DNA ImmunoBody® being developed for the treatment of patients with melanoma, will be presented in a poster at the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, May 29 - June 2, 2015. 

An abstract of the poster can be accessed through the ASCO website at: http://abstracts.asco.org/. The summary of the results contained therein relates to data available at the time of abstract submission. A further update on clinical outcomes, including survival time, will be given as part of the poster presentation.

SCIB1 is being developed for the treatment of melanoma and is in Phase 1/2 clinical trials. The trial is an open label, non-randomised study to determine the safety and tolerability of SCIB1 administered intramuscularly using an electroporation device (TDS-IM, manufactured by Ichor Medical Systems, USA). The study is also assessing immune response and anti-tumour activity, and the ability of SCIB1 to delay or prevent disease recurrence in patients with resected disease.

The title, timing and location of the poster presentation is as follows:

Abstract: 9035
Title: An adjuvant clinical trial of SCIB1, a DNA vaccine that targets dendritic cells in vivo, in fully resected melanoma patients
Presenter: Prof Poulam M. Patel, MD, PhD
Session: Melanoma/Skin Cancers
Day/Date: Monday 1 June 2015
Session Time: 1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: S Hall A

 

 

For Further Information:

Dr Richard Goodfellow, Joint CEO Scancell Holdings Plc +44 (0) 20 3727 1000
Professor Lindy Durrant, Joint CEO Scancell Holdings Plc  
Robert Naylor/Maisie Atkinson Panmure Gordon +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 and is being evaluated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial. Data from the 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.

AACR Presentation on Moditope®

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Moditope® citrullinated peptides destroy tumours and extend survival

Poster to be presented at American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting

Scancell Holdings plc (‘Scancell’ or the ‘Company’), the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, today announces that a poster exemplifying the Company’s Moditope® immunotherapy platform has been accepted for presentation at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting (AACR) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 18-22 April 2015.

The AACR Annual Meeting highlights the latest, most exciting discoveries in every area of cancer research and provides a unique opportunity for investigators from all over the world to meet, interact, and share their insights. This year’s meeting theme - “Bringing Cancer Discoveries to Patients” - underscores the vital and inextricable link between discovery and treatment, and it reinforces the fact that research underpins all the progress being made in the field toward cancer cures.

The title, timing and location of the poster presentation is as follows:

Abstract: 1348
Title: CD4 T cells targeting citrullinated vimentin reject advanced tumors
Day/Date: Monday 20 April 2015
Session Time: 8:00am to 12:00pm EDT
Location: Section 13, Poster Board Number 18

The presentation abstract can be accessed through the AACR website: 

http://www.abstractsonline.com/Plan/ViewAbstract.aspx?sKey=0cf4d7d6-5069-4032-996a-  84e0ceb978ef&cKey=c7d3f1c7-31d2-4063-b18e-40db764186e6&mKey=%7b19573A54-AE8F-4E00-9C23- BD6D62268424%7d

For Further Information:

Dr Richard Goodfellow, Joint CEO Scancell Holdings Plc +44 (0) 20 3727 1000
Professor Lindy Durrant, Joint CEO Scancell Holdings Plc  
Robert Naylor/Maisie Atkinson Panmure Gordon +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 and is being evaluated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial. Data from the 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.

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.

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.

SCIB2 also shown to synergise with checkpoint inhibitor blockade

Combining SCIB2 with CTLA-4 blockade enhances tumour destruction and extends survival times

Scancell Holdings plc (‘Scancell’ or the ‘Company’), the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, is pleased to announce new data demonstrating that animals treated with a combination of SCIB2, Scancell’s ImmunoBody® vaccine in development for the treatment of lung, oesophageal, prostate and other epithelial cancers, and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the CTLA-4 immune checkpoint pathway), showed enhanced tumour destruction and significantly longer survival times than when either treatment was used alone.

The data confirming the therapeutic effect of SCIB2 with this second checkpoint pathway follows our previous announcement on 12 August 2014 of SCIB1’s synergy with PD-1 blockade in animal models.

In earlier pre-clinical studies, we have shown that administration of SCIB2 alone induced potent tumour-specific T cell responses associated with increased T cell infiltration into the tumour and enhanced proliferation of T cells within the tumour resulting in tumour rejection and long term survival. In our new study where higher doses of tumour cells were used, the combination of CTLA-4 blockade with SCIB2 vaccination resulted in a significant survival advantage over the individual treatments. Although patients with a relatively low tumour burden may benefit from SCIB2 alone, these results highlight the potential benefits of combining SCIB2 with CTLA-4 blockade, such as ipilimumab, for the treatment of patients with advanced disease.

SCIB2 is a DNA plasmid targeting the cancer antigen NY-ESO-1. It induces high avidity CD8 and CD4 responses in pre-clinical models and unlike SCIB1 which is only suitable for patients with the HLA-A2 subtype (around 50% of patients), SCIB2 has been engineered to be effective in over 90% of immune subtypes, further enhancing the market potential and reducing the need for HLA screening prior to treatment. All future ImmunoBody® vaccines will now be engineered to this new standard.

Checkpoint inhibitors can enable the host immune system to recognise, attack and destroy cancer cells. However, checkpoint inhibitors will not work on their own if the patient fails to mount an adequate immune response to the tumour. Taking the brake off immunosuppressive T cells with either CTLA-4 or PD-1 blockade, whilst simultaneously pressing the accelerator with active immunotherapies such as SCIB1 or SCIB2, is increasingly regarded as offering potential for overwhelming the disease and increasing efficacy.

Prof Lindy Durrant, Joint CEO of Scancell and Professor of Cancer Immunotherapy at Nottingham University, commented: “The rationale for combining Scancell’s ImmunoBody® vaccines with checkpoint inhibitors is gathering momentum. Whilst we believe that SCIB2, like SCIB1, will provide effective stand-alone treatment in the adjuvant setting, these data further support the hypothesis that some patients with more bulky disease will benefit from a combination of SCIB2 with CTLA-4 blockade.”

For Further Information:

Dr Richard Goodfellow, Joint CEO

Professor Lindy Durrant, Joint CEO

Scancell Holdings Plc +44 (0) 20 3727 1000

Robert Naylor/Maisie Atkinson 

Panmure Gordon 

+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 and is being evaluated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial. Data from the 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.

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 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 immune checkpoint pathway) has 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 to provide positive SCIB1 Phase 1/2 clinical trial update during corporate presentations

Part 2 patients have median survival time of 28 months since study entry All resected patients are still alive with median survival time of 30 months and 27 months for Stage III and IV patients, respectively

Scancell Holdings plc, (‘Scancell’ or the ‘Company’) the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, announces that Joint CEOs Dr Richard Goodfellow and Professor Lindy Durrant will be making corporate presentations 12-15 January 2015, coincident with JP Morgan’s 33rd Annual Healthcare Conference, San Francisco, CA, USA.

A very encouraging update on clinical outcomes in the Company’s on-going Phase 1/2 clinical trial in patients with Stage III/IV melanoma treated with the SCIB1 ImmunoBody® will be given as part of these presentations. It will be reported that the overall median survival of Part 1 patients with tumour present at trial entry and who received at least three doses of 2-8mg of SCIB1 is 24 months. This compares favourably with first line untreated Stage IV disease where patients with no visceral disease had a median survival of 11 months and patients with visceral disease had a median survival of six months (Sosman et al., 2011 Cancer 117:4740-4706). The status of the patients with resected tumours at study entry is equally promising. The 14 patients in Part 2 of the trial have been on study for 23-32 months (median 28 months) and only three have evidence of disease progression. Of particular note, all resected patients (n=16; two from Part 1 and 14 from Part 2) are still alive and only four have progressed. The median recurrence-free survival (when 50% of patients have died) has not been reached; these resected patients have a median survival time of 30 months for Stage III patients (n=9) and 27 months for Stage IV patients (n=7). This compares very favourably with reported data from a peptide vaccine trial following two years of treatment, in which 50% of Stage III patients had disease progression and 19% had died; while 52% of Stage IV patients had disease progression and 33% had died (Slingluff et al., 2011 J Clin Oncol 29:2924-2932).

Richard Goodfellow, Joint CEO of Scancell, said: “The maturing clinical data from our lead ImmunoBody®, SCIB1, continues to enhance our confidence in the clinical value of SCIB1 as monotherapy, especially in the adjuvant setting, a huge and relatively untapped market.”

-ENDS-

For Further Information:

Dr Richard Goodfellow, Joint CEO

Professor Lindy Durrant, Joint CEO

Scancell Holdings Plc +44 (0) 20 3727 1000

Robert Naylor/Maisie Atkinson 

Panmure Gordon 

+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 and is being evaluated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial. Data from the 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.

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 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 immune checkpoint pathway) has 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.

Interim Results for the six months ended 31 October 2014

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Interim Results for the six months ended 31 October 2014

SCIB1 continues to generate highly encouraging survival data; Modi-1 vaccine on track for 2016 entry into clinic

Scancell Holdings plc, (‘Scancell’ or the ‘Company’) the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, announces its interim results for the six months ended 31 October 2014.

Highlights

  • Data from the on-going Phase 1/2 clinical trial in patients with Stage III/IV melanoma treated with the SCIB1 ImmunoBody shows highly encouraging survival times in both Part 1 and Part 2 patient groups
  • Pre-clinical data demonstrates that a combination of SCIB1 and checkpoint inhibition (PD-1 blockade) produced enhanced tumour destruction and longer survival times than when either treatment was used alone, supporting use of the combination for later stage disease
  • Adjuvant melanoma* represents a significant new market opportunity for SCIB1
  • SCIB2 vaccine ready for further pre-clinical development as a potential immunotherapy for any tumour expressing the NY-ESO-1 antigen
  • Patent granted in the US for Scancell’s DNA ImmunoBody® platform technology, following the grant of counterparts in Australia, China and Japan
  • Modi-1, lead vaccine from Moditope® platform, is on schedule for clinical trials in 2016
  • Two new Moditope® protein targets identified
  • Loss for the six month period of £1,339,915 (2013: loss: £1,187,574)
  • Group cash balance at 31 October 2014 was £4,302,052 (30 April 2014: £5,566,234)

Richard Goodfellow, Joint CEO of Scancell, said: “We are delighted that our lead ImmunoBody®, SCIB1, continues to show the potential to extend the lives of melanoma patients without serious side effects. This encouraging data makes us increasingly optimistic about the clinical value of SCIB1 as monotherapy, especially in the adjuvant setting, a huge and relatively untapped market. Furthermore, the increased survival times when SCIB1 was combined with PD-1 blockade in pre-clinical studies gives us confidence that SCIB1 also has significant potential in combination with checkpoint inhibitors for late stage disease."

“Our Moditope® platform is progressing well with Modi-1 expected to start clinical trials in 2016. Two additional Moditope® protein targets have also now been identified. The market opportunity for our two innovative technology platforms, ImmunoBody® and Moditope®, is significant and we remain committed to evaluating all available options for the realisation of shareholder value.”

-ENDS-

*Patients without measurable disease following surgery but where there remains a high risk of relapse

For Further Information:

Dr Richard Goodfellow, Joint CEO

Professor Lindy Durrant, Joint CEO

Scancell Holdings Plc + 44 (0) 20 3727 1000

Robert Naylor/Maisie Atkinson 

Panmure Gordon 

+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 and is being evaluated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial. Data from the 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.

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 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 immune checkpoint pathway) has 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.

Click here to read the full Interim Results Report

Change of Registered Office

Scancell Holdings Plc, (AIM:SCLP), the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, announces the change of the Company’s registered office to:

Eversheds House
70 Great Bridgewater Street
Manchester
M1 5ES
United Kingdom

For Further Information:

Dr Richard Goodfellow, Joint CEO

Scancell Holdings Plc +44 (0) 20 3727 1000

Robert Naylor/Freddy Crossley/Maisie Atkinson 

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

+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 and is being evaluated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial. Data from the 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.

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 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 immune checkpoint pathway), has 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.

Results of AGM

Scancell Holdings Plc, (AIM:SCLP), the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, announces that all resolutions proposed at the Annual General Meeting held today were duly passed.

For Further Information:

Dr Richard Goodfellow, Joint CEO

Scancell Holdings Plc +44 (0) 20 3727 1000

Robert Naylor/Freddy Crossley/Maisie Atkinson

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

+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 and is being evaluated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial. Data from the 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.

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 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 immune checkpoint pathway), has 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 Nominated Adviser and Broker

Scancell Holdings Plc, (AIM:SCLP), the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer has appointed Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited as its Nominated Adviser and Broker with immediate effect.

For Further Information:

Dr Richard Goodfellow, Joint CEO

Scancell Holdings Plc +44 (0) 20 3727 1000
Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited Scancell Holdings Plc  

Robert Naylor/Freddy Crossley/Maisie Atkinson

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

+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 and is being evaluated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial. Data from the 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.

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 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 immune checkpoint pathway), has 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.

AGM research and development update highlights progress in both SCIB1 clinical trial and Moditope®

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AGM research and development update highlights progress in both SCIB1 clinical trial and Moditope® platform

 Scancell Holdings Plc, (AIM:SCLP), the developer of novel immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, will today provide a research and development update following the Company’s AGM. Dr Richard Goodfellow and Prof Lindy Durrant, Scancell’s joint CEOs, will present an update on progress with the new Moditope® platform as well as the ongoing SCIB1 Phase 1/2 clinical trial in malignant melanoma, the lead programme from the Company’s ImmunoBodyplatform.

Highlights

  • Encouraging survival and safety data from Phase 1/2 clinical trial suggests that SCIB1 has the potential to become the first effective stand-alone treatment for adjuvant melanoma. All 16 patients with fully resected disease are still alive with a median survival of 26 months after starting treatment and only four have shown disease progression
  • Adjuvant melanoma represents a significant new market opportunity for SCIB1.
  • Combining SCIB1 and PD-1 blockade in animals enhances tumour destruction and extends survival times supporting the use of the combination for later stage disease
  • Modi-1 on schedule to be ready for clinical trials in 2016
  • Two new Moditope® protein targets identified

Dr Lindy Durrant, Joint CEO of Scancell, comments: “Modi-1 remains on track for start of first-in man clinical trials in 2016. The identification of new targets suggests that Moditope has significant potential as a platform for generating multiple cancer immunotherapeutics. In addition to the reported positive data from SCIB1, our Immunobody® platform continues to make good progress with a second vaccine target for lung cancer and the potential to take the platform into chronic infectious diseases.”

Dr Richard Goodfellow, Joint CEO of Scancell, adds: “Cancer immunotherapy is emerging as one of the most exciting areas of pharmaceutical research and development. Scancell now has two innovative technology platforms in this emerging field, both of which are currently being evaluated by a number of pharmaceutical companies under a CDA. The encouraging survival data on SCIB1, especially in patients with resected disease, offers an even greater market opportunity for SCIB1 and our pipeline of ImmunoBody® vaccines than was originally envisaged.”

Research and Development Update

SCIB1

We are pleased to announce further encouraging data from the on-going Phase 1/2 clinical trial in patients with Stage III/IV melanoma treated with SCIB1. To date, 32 patients have been treated with SCIB1, including seven at the higher 8mg dose. Six patients are currently on long-term treatment and have received between 4 and 6 further doses of SCIB1 every 3-6 months. Although recruitment of patients with advanced disease remains challenging it is expected that enrolment for the study will be completed during 2Q15. A new clinical centre has been established at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford to accelerate recruitment. SCIB1 continues to be a safe and well tolerated treatment with no withdrawals from the study due to adverse events.

Overall, only five of the 27 patients who have received at least three doses of 2-8mg SCIB1 since commencement of the study in 2010 have died. Median survival time in Part 1 patients who received at least three treatments with the 2mg/4mg doses of SCIB1 is now 34 months since study entry. This group of patients had 1-year, 2-year and 3-year survival rates of 100%, 67% and 50%, respectively. For the Part 1 8mg cohort of patients, who were recruited later, the median survival time is currently 13 months since study entry. The median survival time since initiating treatment with SCIB1 in Part 2 patients with resected disease (and receiving 4mg doses of SCIB1) is currently 25 months.

Importantly, all 16 patients (two in Part 1 and 14 in Part 2) with fully-resected metastatic disease (nine Stage III and seven Stage IV) are still alive with a median survival time of 26 months since study entry (range 20-39 months) and only four have shown evidence of disease progression. The Stage III patients have a median survival time of 26 months since study entry and two (22%) have progressed. This compares extremely favourably with results from a peptide vaccine trial (Slingluff et al., 2011) where 52% of fully-resected Stage III patients had progressed and 33% had died two years after the start of treatment. The Stage IV patients treated with SCIB1 have a median survival time of 24 months since study entry and two of these patients (22%) have also progressed. In the Slingluff study, 50% of the fully-resected Stage IV patients had progressed and 19% had died after two years of treatment.

These results in patients with resected disease suggest that SCIB1 may have an important role to play as first line treatment in adjuvant melanoma. These are patients who no longer have measurable disease (following surgery) and are often generally quite well. However, they are at a high risk of recurrence and currently have very few, if any, effective treatment options. This represents a significant and as yet untapped market opportunity, including some 360,000 patients in the US alone, of whom around 45% have the MHC antigen HLA-A2 and are therefore suitable for SCIB1 treatment.

Animal data supporting the synergistic effect of combining SCIB1 with PD-1 blockade was announced in August. Any patients that progress following SCIB1 monotherapy, or indeed any patient with more advanced disease, may therefore benefit from the combination of SCIB1 with a checkpoint inhibitor.

ImmunoBody® platform

Scancell’s Immunobody® immunotherapy platform enhances the uptake and presentation of cancer antigens to harness the high avidity T cell responses that destroy tumours. The platform has been validated both in animals and in the clinic with SCIB1 but many opportunities also exist for the development of a pipeline of ImmunoBody® vaccines, both for cancer and chronic infectious diseases.

A second ImmunoBody® vaccine targeting the lung cancer antigen NY-ESO-1 (SCIB2) has been developed to the point at which the product is fully defined and ready for further preclinical development as a potential immunotherapy for any tumour that expresses the NY-ESO-1 antigen such as lung, oesophageal, gastric, ovarian and bladder cancers. During the past 12 months research on other ImmunoBody® vaccines for prostate, liver and colorectal cancer have also been further advanced.

In addition, Scancell has conducted proof of concept studies with ImmunoBody® constructs expressing antigens from influenza and Epstein Barr virus and is in early discussions with potential partners for the co-development of ImmunoBody® vaccines for the treatment or prophylaxis of infectious diseases.

Modi-1

Scancell’s Moditope® immunotherapy platform is based on exploiting the normal immune response to stressed cells, which is largely mediated by CD4+ T cells, and harnessing this mechanism to eradicate cancer cells. Scancell’s first target for Moditope® is vimentin – a major cytoskeletal protein found in mesenchymal cells. Many epithelial tumours switch from expression of cytokeratin to vimentin during metastasis in a process known as epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT); this change in phenotype enables the cell to become mobile and metastasize to new locations in the body.

Scancell has now selected two modified vimentin peptides in which the arginine residues have been substituted by citrulline to form the basis of its first Moditope® development candidate, Modi-1. The inclusion of additional modified peptides from other Moditope® target proteins into Modi-1 is currently under review. Animal studies have shown that the two vimentin peptides stimulate potent anti-tumour responses and leads to significant improvements in survival, suggesting that the Modi-1 product could have outstanding potential as a novel immunotherapy. Immune response studies with cells isolated from cancer patients have confirmed that T cell responses were stimulated by both modified vimentin peptides.

Optimisation studies have identified the adjuvant, dose and administration route for testing Modi-1 in the First in Man study. In animal studies, an aggressive tumour cell line confirmed that the two vimentin peptides eradicate tumour cells in a therapeutic, and therefore clinically relevant, setting. Remarkably, these responses were evident when tumours had reached a late stage of development.

Moditope vaccines have the potential to treat a wide variety of cancers. Scancell is currently further evaluating the initial indications for the first clinical trial with Modi-1 in terms of clinical need and market opportunity and based upon the possible addition of other peptide targets into the product.

Scancell is considering options for conducting the initial Modi-1 study in both Europe and the US and is designing the development and regulatory strategy to allow for either approach. The development programme will include manufacture plus toxicology and stability testing of the final formulated product. This data will form the basis of a clinical trial application, which is anticipated to be ready for submission in the first half of 2016.

Moditope® platform

Having exemplified the Moditope® platform with modified vimentin peptides, Scancell has been expanding the platform to other citrullinated tumour proteins that could be incorporated into Modi-1 or developed into a pipeline of other multiple-cancer immunotherapeutics. We are therefore pleased to announce today the identification of two further Moditope® protein targets, alpha-enolase and ING4.

Human alpha-enolase is a glycolytic enzyme that is overexpressed by lung, liver and other cancers. We have identified a citrullinated peptide within human alpha-enolase that induces a powerful and specific immune response and that elicits both increased survival and decreased tumour volume compared to control groups in animal models. Analysis of blood samples from donors has indicated that humans have a T cell repertoire that is able to recognise citrullinated alpha-enolase.

The tumour suppressor protein encoded by the ING4 gene plays a role in many cancer related processes. Two citrullinated peptides from human ING4 have been shown to induce specific T cell responses. Further studies are ongoing to evaluate the effect of these citrullinated peptides on tumour volume and survival. Both alpha-enolase and ING4 are believed to offer excellent prospects for future Moditope® immunotherapies.

For Further Information:

Dr Richard Goodfellow, Joint CEO Scancell Holdings Plc +44 (0) 20 3727 1000
Professor Lindy Durrant, Joint CEO Scancell Holdings Plc  
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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 and is being evaluated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial. Data from the 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.

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 and checkpoint inhibition (blockade of the PD-1 immune checkpoint pathway), has 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.