PRINCETON, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 2, 2012– Advaxis, Inc., (OTCBB: ADXS), a leader in developing the next generation of immunotherapies for cancer and infectious diseases, announced that the first two dogs have been dosed in theUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicinestudy of ADXS-HER2 for canine osteosarcoma.
Under the direction of Dr.Nicola Mason, Chair in Companion Animal Medicine at theUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, ADXS-HER2 is being used to treat dogs suffering from bone cancer. Canine osteosarcoma is a leading killer of large breed dogs that causes tumors to form on long leg bones. The traditional treatment is immediate amputation and, even with subsequent chemotherapy, the cancer typically metastasizes to the lungs, causing death in 6-12 months.
In this trial, dogs that have undergone standard of care treatment for osteosarcoma; including limb amputation and follow up chemotherapy, and that over-express the tumor marker HER-2/neu in their tumors, are treated withAdvaxisagent ADXS-HER2. This immunotherapy is designed to stimulate the dog’s immune system to attack cancer cells that express the HER-2/neu marker. The goal is to elicit anti-tumor immunity and prolong survival.
“We don’t have to wait years to see if we are having an effect,” commented Dr.Nicola Mason. “If we find that these canine patients survive over 12 months, then that is a strong indication that this immunotherapy is in fact providing a therapeutic benefit.”
For more information about the study please visit the Mason Bone Cancer Study webpage.
Links to press that the trial has attracted can be found in the events and presentations section of the Advaxis website.
About Advaxis, Inc.
Advaxisis a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing the next generation of immunotherapies for cancer and infectious diseases. Advaxisimmunotherapies are based on a novel platform technology using live, attenuated bacteria that are bio-engineered to secrete an antigen/adjuvant fusion protein that is designed to redirect the powerful immune response all human beings have to the bacterium to the cancer itself.
In April 2012, Advaxis’ lead construct, ADXS-HPV, was selected as the Best Therapeutic Vaccine (approved or in development) at the 5th Annual Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) Awards by the vaccine industry and the journal Expert Reviews of Vaccines. The ViE awards, sponsored by Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, were created to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of companies and individuals in the vaccine industry over the previous 12 months. Additional information is available at the World Vaccine Congress website.
Advaxis’ lead construct, ADXS-HPV, is being evaluated in 4 Phase 2 clinical trials that are open for enrollment for HPV-associated diseases: CIN 2/3 (US study, Clinical Trials.gov Identifier NCT01116245), locally advanced cervical cancer (GOG/NCI US study, Clinical Trials.gov Identifier NCT01266460), recurrent/refractory cervical cancer (India), and head & neck cancer (CRUK study, Clinical Trials.gov Identifier NCT01598792). Over fifteen (15) distinct constructs are in various stages of development, developed directly by the Company and through strategic collaborations with recognized centers of excellence such as: the National Cancer Institute, Cancer Research – UK, the Wistar Institute, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of British Columbia, the Karolinska Institutet, and others. For more information please visit: advaxis.com | Facebook | twitter | LinkedIn
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