- MDNA55 achieves up to 5 fold increase in 12 month survival rate in aggressive, chemotherapy resistant glioblastoma when compared to approved therapies
TORONTO and HOUSTON, Dec. 12, 2019 /CNW/ - Medicenna Therapeutics Corp. ("Medicenna" or "the Company") (TSX: MDNA, OTCQB: MDNAF), a clinical stage immuno-oncology company, presented updated clinical results from its Phase 2b trial of MDNA55, in patients with recurrent glioblastoma (rGBM), the most common and uniformly fatal form of brain cancer. The results were presented by Dr. Fahar Merchant, PhD, President and CEO of Medicenna Therapeutics, at the Inaugural Glioblastoma Drug Development Annual Summit on December 11 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts.
The presentation reported subgroup analysis from the first 40 patients treated with MDNA55 in a Phase 2b clinical trial for patients with rGBM. MDNA55 targets the interleukin 4 receptor (IL4R) known to be over-expressed in GBM, and a biomarker for more aggressive disease. Furthermore, unlike other trials, the MDNA55 study only enrolled patients with rGBM that have genetic features which make the tumor the most aggressive and resilient type of rGBM.
"We are very encouraged to see that by being the only oncology company to target the IL4R, which is over-expressed in 76% of patients with glioblastoma, we are achieving meaningful survival benefits with MDNA55 in a population where the majority of patients have the worst form of rGBM," said Dr. Fahar Merchant, President and CEO of Medicenna. "Our full data set will be complete early in the new year, allowing us to submit our package to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Q1, 2020 prior to an End of Phase 2 Meeting enabling us to reach a major milestone on the path to securing key partnerships."
The presentation highlighted that the patient characteristics in the clinical study excluded patients that are known to have a much better prognosis, such as patients that were, (a) eligible for surgery to remove the tumor, (b) had a lower grade of brain cancer at initial diagnosis (only de novo GBM patients were enrolled), and (c) had a known mutation associated with better prognosis (IDH mutation). Furthermore, the presentation emphasized that despite enrolling only patients known to have a very poor prognosis, patients actually did much better and were surviving significantly longer following only one treatment with MDNA55, particularly in patients with high expression of the IL4R target.
Of particular interest, subjects receiving lower doses of steroids (≤ 4mg of concurrent steroid per day) showed a trend towards improved survival, particularly in the IL4R High group, with a median overall survival (mOS) of 16.5 months with 88% of patients being still alive at 12 months. In patients resistant to approved chemotherapy Temodar (rGBM with unmethylated MGMT promoter), MDNA55 treatment in IL4R High patients had a median overall survival of 15.2 months and a 12 month survival rate of 69% versus 22% for Lomustine and less than 19% for Avastin.
Additional data comparing the various prognostic factors on MDNA55 outcome measures are provided in the slide presentation available on-line at https://ir.medicenna.com/events-and-presentations.
About Medicenna Therapeutics Corp.
Medicenna is a clinical stage immunotherapy company focused on oncology and the development and commercialization of novel, highly selective versions of IL-2, IL-4 and IL-13 Superkines and first in class Empowered Cytokines™ (ECs) for the treatment of a broad range of cancers. Supported by a US$14.1M non-dilutive grant from CPRIT (Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas), Medicenna's lead IL4-EC, MDNA55, has completed enrolling patients in a Phase 2b clinical trial for rGBM, the most common and uniformly fatal form of brain cancer, at top-ranked brain cancer centres in the US. MDNA55 has been studied in five clinical trials involving 132 patients, including 112 adults with rGBM. MDNA55 has demonstrated compelling efficacy and has obtained Fast-Track and Orphan Drug status from the FDA and FDA/EMA respectively. For more information, please visit www.medicenna.com.
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