Nventa Announces Publication of Final Results of a Phase 2 Study of HspE7 in Cervical Dysplasia- 95% of Patients Had Regression or Stable Disease -
SAN DIEGO, CA, July 23, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Nventa Biopharmaceuticals Corporation today announced the publication of final results, including new immunological data, from a Phase 2 clinical trial testing HspE7, the Company's lead therapeutic vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV)-related diseases. The study was designed to determine the effects of vaccination with HspE7 in women with high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN II/III), a precursor to cervical cancer. These data were published in Gynecologic Oncology on July 11, 2007.
The results of the trial showed that 95% of the patients had disease regression or their disease remained stable. Seven of 20 women (35%) had complete regression of their CIN II/III, 1 (5%) had regression to low-grade CIN (CIN I), 11 (55%) had stable disease and 1 (5%) had progression due to enlargement of her lesion. Importantly, immune responses were seen in 9 of the 17 (53%) women tested; 5 of the 7 (71%) complete responders had an immune response. Only 5 of 21 (23%) of the women had HPV-16 or -18 subtypes, suggesting that vaccination with HspE7 elicits cross-reactivity.
"HspE7, at this dose and schedule, clearly induced lesion regression in a substantial portion of women with high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia," said Jeffrey Weber, M.D., Professor of Interdisciplinary Oncology at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida. "The fact that regression was correlated with immune response suggests that enhancing the immunological effects of this vaccine may lead to improvement in the rate of lesion eradication."
"We believe that our Phase 1 trial in women with CIN testing new HspE7 (HspE7 dosed with an adjuvant) will demonstrate that the immunological effects of the vaccine are enhanced, implying a more potent drug," said Peter Emtage, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Research and Development at Nventa. "Approximately two million women worldwide are infected with high-risk human papillomaviruses resulting in a substantial risk for the development of invasive genital malignancies."
Twenty-one women were prospectively entered into an IRB-approved Phase 2 study. All women had biopsy-proven high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia and persistent post-biopsy lesions were visible by colposcopy. Four injections of HPV-16 HspE7 fusion protein at a dose of 500 micrograms per dose were given three weeks apart after which LLETZ was performed. Immune parameters were evaluated pre-vaccine and at the time of LLETZ, and HPV testing was performed at intervals before and after LLETZ. Study subjects were followed for 1 year after LLETZ. The study's endpoints included lesion regression, immune response and viral clearance.
About HspE7, Lead Product Candidate:
HspE7 is a novel therapeutic vaccine candidate for the treatment of diseases caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world. HspE7 is derived from Nventa's proprietary CoVal(TM) fusion platform, which uses recombinant DNA technology to covalently fuse stress proteins to target antigens, thereby stimulating cellular immune system responses. Heat shock proteins (Hsps), also known as stress proteins, are naturally present in the human body and play important roles in the immune system, including transporting substances within cells and activating cells of the immune system. Nventa is pursuing clinical development of new HspE7 (HspE7 dosed with an adjuvant).
About Nventa Corporation:
Nventa is developing innovative therapeutics for the treatment of viral infections and cancer, with a focus on diseases caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The corporation is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NVN. For more information about Nventa, please visit www.nventacorp.com.
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