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News Article | May 4, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OncoMed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:OMED), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel anti-cancer therapeutics, announced today that the first patient has been dosed in the company’s Phase 1a clinical trial of anti-TIGIT (OMP-313M32).  Anti-TIGIT is an investigational immuno-oncology therapeutic candidate intended to block suppression of the immune system in tumors and enable immune system anti-tumor activity, similar to marketed checkpoint inhibitors that target the PD-L1-PD-1 axis. “The first wave of immuno-oncology agents demonstrated that disabling immune suppression mechanisms in tumors can enable the body’s immune system to fight cancers with good efficacy. Still, available immunotherapies have limited results for many cancer patients, and there remains a pressing need for new agents and combinations to improve outcomes,” said Johanna Bendell, M.D., Associate Director of the Drug Development Program at Sarah Cannon Research Institute and a lead investigator for the Phase 1a anti-TIGIT study.  “The immuno-suppressive receptor TIGIT is expressed on many different tumor types, giving us reason to believe that an anti-TIGIT antibody, such as OncoMed’s OMP-313M32, has potential for broad activity in cancer patients. I look forward to seeing its performance in the clinic.” The Phase 1 open-label clinical trial is designed to assess the safety and tolerability of escalating doses of anti-TIGIT in patients with advanced or metastatic solid tumors.  Secondary objectives for the trial include characterization of the pharmacokinetics, immunogenicity and anti-tumor efficacy of single-agent anti-TIGIT.  Pharmacodynamic and potential predictive biomarkers focused on changes in immune system activation will also be explored.  Anti-TIGIT will be administered as a single agent every two weeks at escalating dose levels.  Once a maximum-tolerated dose has been achieved, an expansion cohort will enroll patients with certain tumor types.  The trial will be conducted at five centers in the U.S. and is expected to enroll approximately 30 patients. “In multiple preclinical studies of anti-TIGIT antibodies, we have observed immune activation and single-agent as well as combination anti-tumor activity, including indications that an anti-TIGIT antibody induced a long-term immune memory response.” said Robert Stagg, Pharm.D., OncoMed’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Research and Development. “The initiation of this Phase 1a anti-TIGIT study represents the first of our novel immuno-oncology therapeutics to enter clinical trials.  We believe that by blocking TIGIT signaling, our anti-TIGIT antibody may enable T-cell activation and facilitate anti-tumor immune responses with the potential to impact tumor growth.” About Anti-TIGIT TIGIT (T cell immunoreceptor with Ig and ITIM domains) blocks T cells from attacking tumor cells and is similar in structure and function to the inhibitory protein PD-1. OncoMed’s anti-TIGIT antibody (OMP-313M32) is intended to activate the immune system through multiple mechanisms and enable anti-tumor activity. At the 2017 AACR Annual Meeting, OncoMed presented data from several studies characterizing anti-TIGIT’s mechanism, identifying pharmacodynamics biomarkers and demonstrating potent anti-tumor responses in in-vivo models. In preclinical studies, anti-TIGIT antibodies increased cytotoxic T-cell activity against tumor cells and decreased T-cell suppression. A surrogate anti-TIGIT antibody used in syngeneic mouse models of different solid tumors demonstrated dose-dependent, potent single-agent anti-tumor efficacy. Anti-TIGIT antibodies also demonstrated combination activity with checkpoint inhibitors anti-PD1 and anti-PD-L1 in preclinical models.  When mice whose tumors achieved complete regression following treatment with anti-TIGIT, anti-TIGIT plus anti-PD1 or anti-TIGIT plus anti-PD-L1 were re-challenged with increasing number of tumor cells, they remained protected from tumor growth, suggesting the induction of immunologic memory against the tumor cells. This program is part of OncoMed’s Celgene collaboration. About OncoMed Pharmaceuticals OncoMed Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel anti-cancer therapeutics.  OncoMed has internally discovered a broad pipeline of investigational drugs intended to address the fundamental biology driving cancer’s growth, resistance, recurrence and metastasis.  Demcizumab (anti-DLL4, OMP-21M18), navicixizumab (anti-DLL4/VEGF bispecific, OMP-305B83), rosmantuzumab (anti-RSPO3, OMP-131R10) and anti-TIGIT (OMP-313M32) are part of the company’s strategic alliances with Celgene Corporation.  OncoMed is independently developing vantictumab (anti-Fzd, OMP-18R5), ipafricept (Fzd8-Fc, OMP-54F28) and GITRL-Fc (OMP-336B11), as well as continuing to pursue new drug discovery research.  For further information about OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, please see www.oncomed.com. Forward Looking Statements To the extent that statements contained in this press release are not descriptions of historical facts regarding OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, they are forward-looking statements reflecting the current beliefs and expectations of management made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, OncoMed's intentions and expectations regarding the ability of OncoMed’s anti-TIGIT  antibody to enable T-cell activation, block suppression of the immune system in tumors, facilitate an anti-tumor immune response, and impact tumor growth by blocking TIGIT signaling and/or through other mechanisms; the similarity of anti-TIGIT to marketed checkpoint inhibitors; and the potential for  anti-TIGIT to be broadly active and benefit a significant number of patients.  Such forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause OncoMed's clinical development programs, future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the uncertainties inherent in the preclinical and clinical development process; OncoMed's dependence on its collaboration partners, including Celgene, for the funding of its partnered programs; OncoMed's ability to raise additional capital to support the development of its unpartnered programs; OncoMed's reliance on third parties to conduct certain preclinical studies and all of its clinical trials; OncoMed's reliance on single source third-party contract manufacturing organizations to manufacture and supply its product candidates; OncoMed's ability to discover, develop and commercialize additional product candidates; and OncoMed's dependence on its key executives. OncoMed undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. For a further description of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to OncoMed's business in general, see OncoMed's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 9, 2017 and OncoMed’s other current and periodic reports filed with the SEC.


News Article | May 4, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OncoMed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:OMED), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel anti-cancer therapeutics, announced today that the first patient has been dosed in the company’s Phase 1a clinical trial of anti-TIGIT (OMP-313M32).  Anti-TIGIT is an investigational immuno-oncology therapeutic candidate intended to block suppression of the immune system in tumors and enable immune system anti-tumor activity, similar to marketed checkpoint inhibitors that target the PD-L1-PD-1 axis. “The first wave of immuno-oncology agents demonstrated that disabling immune suppression mechanisms in tumors can enable the body’s immune system to fight cancers with good efficacy. Still, available immunotherapies have limited results for many cancer patients, and there remains a pressing need for new agents and combinations to improve outcomes,” said Johanna Bendell, M.D., Associate Director of the Drug Development Program at Sarah Cannon Research Institute and a lead investigator for the Phase 1a anti-TIGIT study.  “The immuno-suppressive receptor TIGIT is expressed on many different tumor types, giving us reason to believe that an anti-TIGIT antibody, such as OncoMed’s OMP-313M32, has potential for broad activity in cancer patients. I look forward to seeing its performance in the clinic.” The Phase 1 open-label clinical trial is designed to assess the safety and tolerability of escalating doses of anti-TIGIT in patients with advanced or metastatic solid tumors.  Secondary objectives for the trial include characterization of the pharmacokinetics, immunogenicity and anti-tumor efficacy of single-agent anti-TIGIT.  Pharmacodynamic and potential predictive biomarkers focused on changes in immune system activation will also be explored.  Anti-TIGIT will be administered as a single agent every two weeks at escalating dose levels.  Once a maximum-tolerated dose has been achieved, an expansion cohort will enroll patients with certain tumor types.  The trial will be conducted at five centers in the U.S. and is expected to enroll approximately 30 patients. “In multiple preclinical studies of anti-TIGIT antibodies, we have observed immune activation and single-agent as well as combination anti-tumor activity, including indications that an anti-TIGIT antibody induced a long-term immune memory response.” said Robert Stagg, Pharm.D., OncoMed’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Research and Development. “The initiation of this Phase 1a anti-TIGIT study represents the first of our novel immuno-oncology therapeutics to enter clinical trials.  We believe that by blocking TIGIT signaling, our anti-TIGIT antibody may enable T-cell activation and facilitate anti-tumor immune responses with the potential to impact tumor growth.” About Anti-TIGIT TIGIT (T cell immunoreceptor with Ig and ITIM domains) blocks T cells from attacking tumor cells and is similar in structure and function to the inhibitory protein PD-1. OncoMed’s anti-TIGIT antibody (OMP-313M32) is intended to activate the immune system through multiple mechanisms and enable anti-tumor activity. At the 2017 AACR Annual Meeting, OncoMed presented data from several studies characterizing anti-TIGIT’s mechanism, identifying pharmacodynamics biomarkers and demonstrating potent anti-tumor responses in in-vivo models. In preclinical studies, anti-TIGIT antibodies increased cytotoxic T-cell activity against tumor cells and decreased T-cell suppression. A surrogate anti-TIGIT antibody used in syngeneic mouse models of different solid tumors demonstrated dose-dependent, potent single-agent anti-tumor efficacy. Anti-TIGIT antibodies also demonstrated combination activity with checkpoint inhibitors anti-PD1 and anti-PD-L1 in preclinical models.  When mice whose tumors achieved complete regression following treatment with anti-TIGIT, anti-TIGIT plus anti-PD1 or anti-TIGIT plus anti-PD-L1 were re-challenged with increasing number of tumor cells, they remained protected from tumor growth, suggesting the induction of immunologic memory against the tumor cells. This program is part of OncoMed’s Celgene collaboration. About OncoMed Pharmaceuticals OncoMed Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel anti-cancer therapeutics.  OncoMed has internally discovered a broad pipeline of investigational drugs intended to address the fundamental biology driving cancer’s growth, resistance, recurrence and metastasis.  Demcizumab (anti-DLL4, OMP-21M18), navicixizumab (anti-DLL4/VEGF bispecific, OMP-305B83), rosmantuzumab (anti-RSPO3, OMP-131R10) and anti-TIGIT (OMP-313M32) are part of the company’s strategic alliances with Celgene Corporation.  OncoMed is independently developing vantictumab (anti-Fzd, OMP-18R5), ipafricept (Fzd8-Fc, OMP-54F28) and GITRL-Fc (OMP-336B11), as well as continuing to pursue new drug discovery research.  For further information about OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, please see www.oncomed.com. Forward Looking Statements To the extent that statements contained in this press release are not descriptions of historical facts regarding OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, they are forward-looking statements reflecting the current beliefs and expectations of management made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, OncoMed's intentions and expectations regarding the ability of OncoMed’s anti-TIGIT  antibody to enable T-cell activation, block suppression of the immune system in tumors, facilitate an anti-tumor immune response, and impact tumor growth by blocking TIGIT signaling and/or through other mechanisms; the similarity of anti-TIGIT to marketed checkpoint inhibitors; and the potential for  anti-TIGIT to be broadly active and benefit a significant number of patients.  Such forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause OncoMed's clinical development programs, future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the uncertainties inherent in the preclinical and clinical development process; OncoMed's dependence on its collaboration partners, including Celgene, for the funding of its partnered programs; OncoMed's ability to raise additional capital to support the development of its unpartnered programs; OncoMed's reliance on third parties to conduct certain preclinical studies and all of its clinical trials; OncoMed's reliance on single source third-party contract manufacturing organizations to manufacture and supply its product candidates; OncoMed's ability to discover, develop and commercialize additional product candidates; and OncoMed's dependence on its key executives. OncoMed undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. For a further description of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to OncoMed's business in general, see OncoMed's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 9, 2017 and OncoMed’s other current and periodic reports filed with the SEC.


News Article | May 4, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OncoMed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:OMED), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel anti-cancer therapeutics, announced today that the first patient has been dosed in the company’s Phase 1a clinical trial of anti-TIGIT (OMP-313M32).  Anti-TIGIT is an investigational immuno-oncology therapeutic candidate intended to block suppression of the immune system in tumors and enable immune system anti-tumor activity, similar to marketed checkpoint inhibitors that target the PD-L1-PD-1 axis. “The first wave of immuno-oncology agents demonstrated that disabling immune suppression mechanisms in tumors can enable the body’s immune system to fight cancers with good efficacy. Still, available immunotherapies have limited results for many cancer patients, and there remains a pressing need for new agents and combinations to improve outcomes,” said Johanna Bendell, M.D., Associate Director of the Drug Development Program at Sarah Cannon Research Institute and a lead investigator for the Phase 1a anti-TIGIT study.  “The immuno-suppressive receptor TIGIT is expressed on many different tumor types, giving us reason to believe that an anti-TIGIT antibody, such as OncoMed’s OMP-313M32, has potential for broad activity in cancer patients. I look forward to seeing its performance in the clinic.” The Phase 1 open-label clinical trial is designed to assess the safety and tolerability of escalating doses of anti-TIGIT in patients with advanced or metastatic solid tumors.  Secondary objectives for the trial include characterization of the pharmacokinetics, immunogenicity and anti-tumor efficacy of single-agent anti-TIGIT.  Pharmacodynamic and potential predictive biomarkers focused on changes in immune system activation will also be explored.  Anti-TIGIT will be administered as a single agent every two weeks at escalating dose levels.  Once a maximum-tolerated dose has been achieved, an expansion cohort will enroll patients with certain tumor types.  The trial will be conducted at five centers in the U.S. and is expected to enroll approximately 30 patients. “In multiple preclinical studies of anti-TIGIT antibodies, we have observed immune activation and single-agent as well as combination anti-tumor activity, including indications that an anti-TIGIT antibody induced a long-term immune memory response.” said Robert Stagg, Pharm.D., OncoMed’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Research and Development. “The initiation of this Phase 1a anti-TIGIT study represents the first of our novel immuno-oncology therapeutics to enter clinical trials.  We believe that by blocking TIGIT signaling, our anti-TIGIT antibody may enable T-cell activation and facilitate anti-tumor immune responses with the potential to impact tumor growth.” About Anti-TIGIT TIGIT (T cell immunoreceptor with Ig and ITIM domains) blocks T cells from attacking tumor cells and is similar in structure and function to the inhibitory protein PD-1. OncoMed’s anti-TIGIT antibody (OMP-313M32) is intended to activate the immune system through multiple mechanisms and enable anti-tumor activity. At the 2017 AACR Annual Meeting, OncoMed presented data from several studies characterizing anti-TIGIT’s mechanism, identifying pharmacodynamics biomarkers and demonstrating potent anti-tumor responses in in-vivo models. In preclinical studies, anti-TIGIT antibodies increased cytotoxic T-cell activity against tumor cells and decreased T-cell suppression. A surrogate anti-TIGIT antibody used in syngeneic mouse models of different solid tumors demonstrated dose-dependent, potent single-agent anti-tumor efficacy. Anti-TIGIT antibodies also demonstrated combination activity with checkpoint inhibitors anti-PD1 and anti-PD-L1 in preclinical models.  When mice whose tumors achieved complete regression following treatment with anti-TIGIT, anti-TIGIT plus anti-PD1 or anti-TIGIT plus anti-PD-L1 were re-challenged with increasing number of tumor cells, they remained protected from tumor growth, suggesting the induction of immunologic memory against the tumor cells. This program is part of OncoMed’s Celgene collaboration. About OncoMed Pharmaceuticals OncoMed Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel anti-cancer therapeutics.  OncoMed has internally discovered a broad pipeline of investigational drugs intended to address the fundamental biology driving cancer’s growth, resistance, recurrence and metastasis.  Demcizumab (anti-DLL4, OMP-21M18), navicixizumab (anti-DLL4/VEGF bispecific, OMP-305B83), rosmantuzumab (anti-RSPO3, OMP-131R10) and anti-TIGIT (OMP-313M32) are part of the company’s strategic alliances with Celgene Corporation.  OncoMed is independently developing vantictumab (anti-Fzd, OMP-18R5), ipafricept (Fzd8-Fc, OMP-54F28) and GITRL-Fc (OMP-336B11), as well as continuing to pursue new drug discovery research.  For further information about OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, please see www.oncomed.com. Forward Looking Statements To the extent that statements contained in this press release are not descriptions of historical facts regarding OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, they are forward-looking statements reflecting the current beliefs and expectations of management made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, OncoMed's intentions and expectations regarding the ability of OncoMed’s anti-TIGIT  antibody to enable T-cell activation, block suppression of the immune system in tumors, facilitate an anti-tumor immune response, and impact tumor growth by blocking TIGIT signaling and/or through other mechanisms; the similarity of anti-TIGIT to marketed checkpoint inhibitors; and the potential for  anti-TIGIT to be broadly active and benefit a significant number of patients.  Such forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause OncoMed's clinical development programs, future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the uncertainties inherent in the preclinical and clinical development process; OncoMed's dependence on its collaboration partners, including Celgene, for the funding of its partnered programs; OncoMed's ability to raise additional capital to support the development of its unpartnered programs; OncoMed's reliance on third parties to conduct certain preclinical studies and all of its clinical trials; OncoMed's reliance on single source third-party contract manufacturing organizations to manufacture and supply its product candidates; OncoMed's ability to discover, develop and commercialize additional product candidates; and OncoMed's dependence on its key executives. OncoMed undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. For a further description of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to OncoMed's business in general, see OncoMed's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 9, 2017 and OncoMed’s other current and periodic reports filed with the SEC.


News Article | May 4, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OncoMed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:OMED), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel anti-cancer therapeutics, announced today that the first patient has been dosed in the company’s Phase 1a clinical trial of anti-TIGIT (OMP-313M32).  Anti-TIGIT is an investigational immuno-oncology therapeutic candidate intended to block suppression of the immune system in tumors and enable immune system anti-tumor activity, similar to marketed checkpoint inhibitors that target the PD-L1-PD-1 axis. “The first wave of immuno-oncology agents demonstrated that disabling immune suppression mechanisms in tumors can enable the body’s immune system to fight cancers with good efficacy. Still, available immunotherapies have limited results for many cancer patients, and there remains a pressing need for new agents and combinations to improve outcomes,” said Johanna Bendell, M.D., Associate Director of the Drug Development Program at Sarah Cannon Research Institute and a lead investigator for the Phase 1a anti-TIGIT study.  “The immuno-suppressive receptor TIGIT is expressed on many different tumor types, giving us reason to believe that an anti-TIGIT antibody, such as OncoMed’s OMP-313M32, has potential for broad activity in cancer patients. I look forward to seeing its performance in the clinic.” The Phase 1 open-label clinical trial is designed to assess the safety and tolerability of escalating doses of anti-TIGIT in patients with advanced or metastatic solid tumors.  Secondary objectives for the trial include characterization of the pharmacokinetics, immunogenicity and anti-tumor efficacy of single-agent anti-TIGIT.  Pharmacodynamic and potential predictive biomarkers focused on changes in immune system activation will also be explored.  Anti-TIGIT will be administered as a single agent every two weeks at escalating dose levels.  Once a maximum-tolerated dose has been achieved, an expansion cohort will enroll patients with certain tumor types.  The trial will be conducted at five centers in the U.S. and is expected to enroll approximately 30 patients. “In multiple preclinical studies of anti-TIGIT antibodies, we have observed immune activation and single-agent as well as combination anti-tumor activity, including indications that an anti-TIGIT antibody induced a long-term immune memory response.” said Robert Stagg, Pharm.D., OncoMed’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Research and Development. “The initiation of this Phase 1a anti-TIGIT study represents the first of our novel immuno-oncology therapeutics to enter clinical trials.  We believe that by blocking TIGIT signaling, our anti-TIGIT antibody may enable T-cell activation and facilitate anti-tumor immune responses with the potential to impact tumor growth.” About Anti-TIGIT TIGIT (T cell immunoreceptor with Ig and ITIM domains) blocks T cells from attacking tumor cells and is similar in structure and function to the inhibitory protein PD-1. OncoMed’s anti-TIGIT antibody (OMP-313M32) is intended to activate the immune system through multiple mechanisms and enable anti-tumor activity. At the 2017 AACR Annual Meeting, OncoMed presented data from several studies characterizing anti-TIGIT’s mechanism, identifying pharmacodynamics biomarkers and demonstrating potent anti-tumor responses in in-vivo models. In preclinical studies, anti-TIGIT antibodies increased cytotoxic T-cell activity against tumor cells and decreased T-cell suppression. A surrogate anti-TIGIT antibody used in syngeneic mouse models of different solid tumors demonstrated dose-dependent, potent single-agent anti-tumor efficacy. Anti-TIGIT antibodies also demonstrated combination activity with checkpoint inhibitors anti-PD1 and anti-PD-L1 in preclinical models.  When mice whose tumors achieved complete regression following treatment with anti-TIGIT, anti-TIGIT plus anti-PD1 or anti-TIGIT plus anti-PD-L1 were re-challenged with increasing number of tumor cells, they remained protected from tumor growth, suggesting the induction of immunologic memory against the tumor cells. This program is part of OncoMed’s Celgene collaboration. About OncoMed Pharmaceuticals OncoMed Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel anti-cancer therapeutics.  OncoMed has internally discovered a broad pipeline of investigational drugs intended to address the fundamental biology driving cancer’s growth, resistance, recurrence and metastasis.  Demcizumab (anti-DLL4, OMP-21M18), navicixizumab (anti-DLL4/VEGF bispecific, OMP-305B83), rosmantuzumab (anti-RSPO3, OMP-131R10) and anti-TIGIT (OMP-313M32) are part of the company’s strategic alliances with Celgene Corporation.  OncoMed is independently developing vantictumab (anti-Fzd, OMP-18R5), ipafricept (Fzd8-Fc, OMP-54F28) and GITRL-Fc (OMP-336B11), as well as continuing to pursue new drug discovery research.  For further information about OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, please see www.oncomed.com. Forward Looking Statements To the extent that statements contained in this press release are not descriptions of historical facts regarding OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, they are forward-looking statements reflecting the current beliefs and expectations of management made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, OncoMed's intentions and expectations regarding the ability of OncoMed’s anti-TIGIT  antibody to enable T-cell activation, block suppression of the immune system in tumors, facilitate an anti-tumor immune response, and impact tumor growth by blocking TIGIT signaling and/or through other mechanisms; the similarity of anti-TIGIT to marketed checkpoint inhibitors; and the potential for  anti-TIGIT to be broadly active and benefit a significant number of patients.  Such forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause OncoMed's clinical development programs, future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the uncertainties inherent in the preclinical and clinical development process; OncoMed's dependence on its collaboration partners, including Celgene, for the funding of its partnered programs; OncoMed's ability to raise additional capital to support the development of its unpartnered programs; OncoMed's reliance on third parties to conduct certain preclinical studies and all of its clinical trials; OncoMed's reliance on single source third-party contract manufacturing organizations to manufacture and supply its product candidates; OncoMed's ability to discover, develop and commercialize additional product candidates; and OncoMed's dependence on its key executives. OncoMed undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. For a further description of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to OncoMed's business in general, see OncoMed's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 9, 2017 and OncoMed’s other current and periodic reports filed with the SEC.


News Article | December 13, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Acer Therapeutics Inc., a pharmaceutical company developing therapies for serious rare diseases with significant unmet medical need, today announced the signing of an agreement with the Greater Paris University Hospitals AP-HP (via its Department of Clinical Research and Development*) granting the company exclusive rights to access and use data from a randomized controlled clinical study of celiprolol.1 The company will use this pivotal clinical data to support a New Drug Application (NDA) regulatory filing for its lead product, VASEBRA™ (celiprolol), for the treatment of vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (vEDS). “We have studied celiprolol for nearly two decades in vEDS patients and this is the only drug ever to demonstrate a clinical benefit in a randomized, controlled clinical study,” said Pierre Boutouyrie M.D., Ph.D., co-director of the clinical pharmacology service at the Georges-Pompidou European Hospital AP-HP and Principal Investigator for the celiprolol study. “Having established celiprolol as a standard of care in France for vEDS patients, we are excited to partner with Acer to help bring celiprolol to members of the U.S. patient community who are suffering from this devastating, life-threatening disease.” “We are committed to bringing VASEBRA™ to vEDS patients who currently do not have access to this treatment,” said Robert D. Steiner, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Acer. “This pivotal clinical data from AP-HP will represent a critical element of the clinical module in our NDA, which we are diligently building along with manufacturing, non-clinical and other components of the regulatory package.” “This collaboration between AP-HP and Acer is a fantastic example of academic-industry partnership,” said Chris Schelling, CEO and Founder of Acer. “The signing of this agreement marks an important corporate milestone as it will enable us to continue to rapidly advance our lead candidate VASEBRA™, a potential life-saving therapy for patients with vEDS, towards an NDA filing.” About VASEBRA™ and Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (vEDS) Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a group of hereditary disorders of connective tissue. Vascular EDS (vEDS) is the most severe subtype where patients suffer from life threatening arterial dissections and ruptures, as well as intestinal and uterine ruptures. The average mortality is 51 years of age. There are approximately 2,000 people in the U.S. diagnosed with vEDS, though experts estimate as many as 5,000 patients may be affected. There are currently no FDA-approved therapies for vEDS.2 Acer is advancing VASEBRA™ (celiprolol), a new chemical entity (NCE), for the treatment of vEDS and plans to file an NDA based on a randomized controlled clinical study of celiprolol.1 In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted VASEBRA™ orphan drug designation for the potential treatment of vEDS. *The Office for Technology Transfer & Industrial Ventures of the AP-HP's Department of Clinical Research and Development, protects and enhances the innovations and clinical expertise of medical personnel by setting up privileged partnerships with healthcare companies. Nearly half of the patented innovations are transferred to companies all over the world and, in particular, the creation of nearly 70 young companies. The AP-HP organizes each year the APinnov Technology Transfer Meetings. About Greater Paris university hospitals AP-HP AP-HP (Greater Paris University Hospitals) is a European world-renowned university hospital. Its 39 hospitals treat 8 million people every year: in consultation, emergency, during scheduled or home hospitalizations. The AP-HP provides a public health service for everyone, 24 hours a day. This mission is a duty as well as a great source of pride. AP-HP is the leading employer in the Greater Paris area: 100,000 staff members – doctors, researchers, paramedical staff, administrative personnel and workers – work there. About Acer Therapeutics Acer Therapeutics, headquartered in Cambridge, MA, is developing therapies with established clinical proof-of-concept for the treatment of serious, ultra-rare diseases with critical unmet medical need. The company’s late-stage clinical pipeline includes two candidates for severe genetic disorders for which there are currently no FDA-approved treatments: VASEBRA™ for vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (vEDS), and ACER-001 for Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD) and Urea Cycle Disorders (UCD). 1. Ong KT, et al. Effect of celiprolol on prevention of cardiovascular events in vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: a prospective randomised, open, blinded-endpoints trial. Lancet. 2010; 376: 1476–84. 2. Pepin MG, et al. Survival is affected by mutation type and molecular mechanism in vascular Ehlers–Danlos syndrome (EDS type IV) Genet Med. 16: 881-888.


Santagostino E.,Maggiore Hospital Policlinico | Negrier C.,University of Lyon | Klamroth R.,Vivantes Hospital | Tiede A.,Hannover Medical School | And 4 more authors.
Blood | Year: 2012

A recombinant fusion protein linking coagulation factor IX (FIX) with human albumin (rIX-FP) has been developed to facilitate hemophilia B treatment by less frequent FIX dosing. This first-in-human dose-escalation trial in 25 previously treated subjects with hemophilia B (FIX ≤ 2 IU/dL) examined the safety and pharmacokinetics of 25, 50, and 75 IU/kg rIX-FP. Patients in the 50-IU/kg cohort underwent a comparative pharmacokinetics assessment with their previous FIX product (plasma-derived or recombinant). No allergic reactions or inhibitors were observed. Four mild, possibly treatmentrelated adverse events were reported. In the 50-IU/kg cohort (13 subjects), the mean half-life of rIX-FP was 92 hours, more than 5 times longer than the subjects' previous FIX product. After 25 or 50 IU/kg rIX-FP administration, the baseline-corrected mean FIX activity remained elevated at day 7 (7.4 IU/dL and 13.4 IU/dL, respectively) and day 14 (2.5 IU/dL and 5.5 IU/dL, respectively). The incremental recovery of rIX-FP was higher than both recombinant and plasma-derived FIX (1.4 vs 0.95 and 1.1 IU/dL per IU/kg, respectively). These results demonstrated both the safety and improved pharmacokinetics of rIX-FP, thus indicating this new product with extended half-life as possibly able to control and prevent bleeding with less frequent injection. The trial was registered at www.clinicaltrials.gov as no. NCT01233440. © 2012 by The American Society of Hematology.


Seidner D.L.,Vanderbilt University | Joly F.,University Paris Diderot | Youssef N.N.,Clinical Research and Development
Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology | Year: 2015

OBJECTIVES: In clinical trials, treatment with the glucagon-like peptide 2 analog teduglutide was associated with improved fluid and nutrient absorption and increased intestinal villus height and crypt depth in patients with short bowel syndrome (SBS). Plasma citrulline, an amino acid produced by enterocytes, is considered a measure of enterocyte mass. This analysis assessed changes in plasma citrulline levels in patients with SBS in 2 phase III clinical studies of teduglutide. METHODS: Both teduglutide studies (0.05 or 0.10mg/kg/day in CL0600-004 and 0.05 mg/kg/day in CL0600-020) were phase III, 24-week, double-blind, and placebo controlled. Plasma citrulline levels were analyzed and validated by liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry. RESULTS: In both the CL0600-004 and CL0600-020 studies, change in mean plasma citrulline concentrations at Week 24 vs. baseline was significantly greater with teduglutide compared with placebo (10.9 (0.05-mg/kg/day dose) and 15.7 (0.10-mg/kg/day dose) vs. 2.0μmol/L and 20.6 vs. 0.7μmol/L, respectively, for each study (P≤ 0.0001 for each comparison with placebo)). Teduglutide treatment was associated with reductions from baseline in PS (parenteral support) volume requirements; however, a significant correlation between PS reduction and increase in plasma citrulline at Week 24 was observed in only one out of the three teduglutide treatment groups. CONCLUSIONS: In 2 phase III studies, patients receiving teduglutide had significant increases in plasma citrulline at Week 24 compared with patients receiving placebo. Increases in plasma citrulline concentrations likely reflect enterocyte mass expansion, but no clear correlation was detected between change in plasma citrulline and change in weekly PS volume. © 2015 the American College of Gastroenterology All rights reserved.


Robbie G.J.,Clinical Pharmacology and DMPK | Criste R.,Clinical Pharmacology and DMPK | Dall'Acqua W.F.,Protein Discovery | Jensen K.,Biostatistics | And 3 more authors.
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy | Year: 2013

The study objective was to evaluate the pharmacokinetics (PK), antidrug antibody (ADA), and safety of motavizumab-YTE (motavizumab with amino acid substitutions M252Y/S254T/T256E [YTE]), an Fc-modified anti-respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) monoclonal antibody. Healthy adults (n=31) were randomized to receive a single intravenous (i.v.) dose of motavizumab- YTE or motavizumab (0.3, 3, 15, or 30 mg/kg) and followed for 240 days. Clearance of motavizumab-YTE was significantly lower (71% to 86%) and the half-life (t1/2) was 2- to 4-fold longer than with motavizumab. However, similar peak concentrations and volume-of-distribution values, indicative of similar distribution properties, were seen at all dose levels. The sustained serum concentrations of motavizumab-YTE were fully functional, as shown by RSV neutralizing activity that persisted for 240 days with motavizumab-YTE versus 90 days postdose for motavizumab. Safety and incidence of ADA were comparable between groups. In this first study of an Fc-modified monoclonal antibody in humans, motavizumab-YTE was well tolerated and exhibited an extended half-life of up to 100 days. Copyright © 2013, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.


Bensen-Kennedy D.,Clinical Research and Development
Thrombosis Research | Year: 2013

In patients with hemophilia A, outcomes have improved dramatically over the last few decades due to several advances in care, including the availability of factor VIII (FVIII) concentrates. Current research has focused on enhancing the properties of FVIII concentrates and other coagulation factor products using recombinant DNA technology. However, there are several challenges to the development of new products for hemophilia patients, including the relative rarity of the disease, rapidly evolving standards of care, and the varying requirements of regulatory authorities around the world. In the development of two innovative coagulation factor products (recombinant single-chain factor VIII [rVIII-SingleChain] and a recombinant fusion protein linking coagulation factor VIIa with albumin [rVIIa-FP]), these issues have been addressed through novel clinical trial designs, including an ongoing three-part study evaluating the safety, efficacy, and pharmacokinetics of rVIII-SingleChain in patients with severe hemophilia A, and a randomized, placebo-controlled, dose-escalation study of rVIIa-FP in healthy volunteers. The design of these trials is intended to answer as many important clinical questions as possible while limiting the burden on hemophilia patients. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.


WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Nov 17, 2016) - The Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM), the international advocacy organization representing the gene and cellular therapies and broader regenerative medicine sector, announced it will hold its Inherited Blood Disorders Clinical and Patient Education Roundtable December 13 in Washington, D.C., the third event in its patient roundtable series. ARM's patient roundtable series is intended to serve as an educational resource for the broader patient community and to help bridge the gap between industry and patient groups who are working towards the common goal of durable, and potentially curative, therapies. Held in partnership with the Hemophilia Federation of America and the National Hemophilia Foundation, and sponsored by Shire, Sangamo BioSciences and uniQure, this event will focus on educating multi-sector stakeholders about the latest scientific progress and delivery challenges associated with hemophilia and other inherited blood disorders. "Many gene and cell therapies developers are advancing transformative approaches to treating and potentially curing inherited blood disorders, including hemophilia, beta-thalassemia, sickle cell disease and more," said Morrie Ruffin, ARM managing director. "We are pleased to serve an educational role to provide patients with information on the latest advances and potential impact of these technologies, especially as several therapies are moving through late-stage clinical evaluation." This roundtable discussion is expected to attract more than 100 individuals, including patient advocates, industry leaders and clinicians. 1:40 - 2:10pm Featured Talk: Gene Therapy 101 and Clinical Outlook Steven Pipe, M.D. Director, Division of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Pediatric Medical Director, Hemophilia & Coagulation Disorders Program University of Michigan 2:10 - 3:05pm Roundtable Discussion: State of the State of Gene Therapy for Inherited Blood Disorders Daniel Leonard Director of Global Patient Advocacy uniQure 3:20 - 4:15pm Roundtable Discussion: Clinical Trial Recruitment and Interaction with Patient Community John Chapin, M.D. Medical Director, Clinical Research and Development - Hematology Shire This preliminary agenda is available online, with additional details to be added over the coming weeks. This event will take place at the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square, 801 Mt. Vernon Square NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. Registration is now open. The cost of attendance is $150 for industry attendees; $75 for non-profit and government attendees. The event is complimentary for patients, patient advocates, clinician attendees and members of the media. For more information and to register, please visit http://alliancerm.org/event/clinical-patient-education-inherited-blood-disorder-roundtable. For questions regarding this event, please contact ARM's Patient Advocacy & Events Manager Chelsey Hathaway, chathaway@alliancerm.org. For media interested in attending this event, please contact ARM's Senior Director of Communications Lyndsey Scull, lscull@alliancerm.org. About The Alliance for Regenerative Medicine The Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM) is an international multi-stakeholder advocacy organization that promotes legislative, regulatory and reimbursement initiatives necessary to facilitate access to life-giving advances in regenerative medicine worldwide. ARM also works to increase public understanding of the field and its potential to transform human healthcare, providing business development and investor outreach services to support the growth of its member companies and research organizations. Prior to the formation of ARM in 2009, there was no advocacy organization operating in Washington, D.C. to specifically represent the interests of the companies, research institutions, investors and patient groups that comprise the entire regenerative medicine community. Today, ARM has more than 250 members and is the leading global advocacy organization in this field. To learn more about ARM or to become a member, visit http://www.alliancerm.org.

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