Advaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADXS), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing cancer immunotherapies, today announced the clearance of the Investigational New Drug (IND) application by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct a Phase 2 study of ADXS-HPV (ADXS11-001) alone or in combination with Incyte Corporation's (NASDAQ: INCY) investigational oral indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) inhibitor, epacadostat (INCB24360), for the treatment of Stage I-IIIb human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cervical cancer.
In February 2015, Advaxis and Incyte entered into a non-exclusive clinical trial collaboration agreement to evaluate the combination of ADXS-HPV with epacadostat for the treatment of cervical cancer. The proposed Phase 2 protocol is designed as a multicenter, open-label, preoperative window-study designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of ADXS-HPV as monotherapy and in combination with epacadostat in approximately 30 patients with Stage I-IIIb human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cervical cancer. The results will be used to determine whether further clinical development of this combination is warranted.
"The FDA clearance of the ADXS-HPV plus epacadostat IND for HPV-associated early stage cervical cancer adds to Advaxis's rapidly advancing pipeline in cervical cancer," stated Daniel J. O'Connor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Advaxis. "Additionally, the acceptance of this IND strengthens our pipeline of combination studies involving our Lm-LLO platform and aligns our technology with another potentially best-in-class immunotherapy technology. We look forward to the initiation of this study with Incyte."
"We are very pleased that the IND for this Phase 2 study has been cleared by the FDA," said Rich Levy, MD, Chief Drug Development Officer at Incyte. "Epacadostat is currently in multiple combination proof-of-concept trials with immune checkpoint inhibitors, and this new study may provide us with important translational data for epacadostat in combination with an immunotherapeutic vaccine."