Oslo, Norway, 13 February, 2019
Vaccibody AS, a clinical stage immuno-oncology company, announced today that it has entered into a collaboration with Roche to explore a combination of Vaccibody’s VB10.16 and the PD-L1-blocking immune-checkpoint inhibitor atezolizumab (Tecentriq®) in patients with advanced cervical cancer. Vaccibody expects to start a phase II study with up to 50 patients in the second half of 2019.
Martin Bonde, CEO of Vaccibody, said: “We are very pleased with this collaboration. This is an important study as it explores a novel targeted treatment approach that addresses the high medical need of patients with advanced cervical cancer.” Agnete Fredriksen, President and CSO of Vaccibody added: “The combination of VB10.16 and atezolizumab is building on the positive data VB10.16 has generated as monotherapy in patients with precancerous cervical lesions. In this study, it was observed that VB10.16 creates a target for PD-1/PD-L1 checkpoint inhibitors, thereby providing a sound scientific rationale for combining VB10.16 with an immune-checkpoint inhibitor like atezolizumab in cervical cancer patients.”
The planned study will assess the safety, tolerability, immunogenicity and efficacy of the VB10.16-atezolizumab combination in patients with advanced cervical cancer.
VB10.16 is an investigational therapeutic DNA vaccine developed to treat human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV16) induced pre-malignancies and malignancies. The drug candidate has demonstrated favorable 6M interim clinical data in a Phase I/IIa study in pre-cancerous HPV16 induced high grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (HSIL; CIN 2/3).