• CAN-3110 designed to limit replication and promote anti-tumor response to tumor cells while protecting healthy tissue
  • No dose-limiting toxicities observed in 41 patients with recurrent high-grade glioma (rHGG)
  • Median overall survival was 11.6 months after a single injection of CAN-3110 in patients with rHGG; one patient achieved a complete response lasting more than one year
  • CAN-3110 observed to activate lymphocyte-depleted tumor microenvironment in rHGG, with changes in T cell receptor repertoire associated with survival

NEEDHAM, MA, USA I November 18, 2022 I Candel Therapeutics, Inc. (“Candel” or “the Company”) (Nasdaq: CADL), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel viral immunotherapies, today announced presentation of updated data from a phase 1 clinical trial of CAN-3110 in patients with recurrent high-grade glioma (rHGG). An overview of this data will be presented in-person at the Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) 27th Annual Meeting today starting at 5:30 pm ET in Tampa, Florida.

Data will be reported from 41 patients who were administered CAN-3110, with 40 patients having received a single injection and one patient having received two injections. There were no dose-limiting toxicities. The median overall survival was 11.6 months. In-depth biomarker analyses show a statistically significant expansion of activated CD4+ and CD8+ T cells effector cells in multiple tumor lesions following a single injection of CAN-3110. Diversity of the T cell receptor repertoire after CAN-3110 administration was reported to be associated with overall survival. Next, the Company will examine whether multiple injections of CAN-3110 over time could lead to further improvement in overall survival (NCT03152318, clinicaltrials.gov).

“Patients with high-grade glioma whose cancer has recurred following initial standard of care treatments face a daunting challenge, with most succumbing to their disease within months due to a lack of effective therapies,” said Paul Peter Tak, MD, PhD, FMedSci, President and Chief Executive Officer of Candel Therapeutics. “We believe CAN-3110 is the first HSV-based viral immunotherapy candidate designed to leverage the ICP34.5 gene, which plays a key role in the viral anti-host response. The absence of observed dose-limiting toxicities in 41 patients and a median overall survival rate of one year provides clinical validation for this unique construct. This trial has clearly shown that a single injection of CAN-3110 can convert the highly immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment in recurrent high-grade glioma into a ‘hot’ tumor. We are now determining if multiple injections of CAN-3110 can fundamentally transform this universally fatal brain cancer.”

CAN-3110 is unique in that it is designed to express a copy of the viral ICP34.5 gene, which is critical for viral replication and anti-host responses, under the transcriptional control of the tumor specific Nestin promoter. This approach is intended to restrict viral replication and virulence to the tumor cells, protecting healthy tissues while maintaining its anti-tumor responses.

Details on the presentation at SNO are as follows:

Oral Presentation Title: Enriched TCR/BCR VDJ rearrangements correlate with MRI and survival outcomes in patients with recurrent high-grade glioma treated with CAN-3110

  • Presenter: Alexander Ling, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Investigator for Candel Therapeutics
  • Abstract Session: Clinical Trials I
  • Session Date and Time: Friday, November 18, 2022, from 5:30 pm – 5:35 pm ET
  • Location: Ballroom B, Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL

For more information on the clinical trial please visit: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03152318   

About CAN-3110

CAN-3110 is a herpes simplex virus (HSV) replication-competent viral immunotherapy candidate engineered to enhance selective killing of malignant cells while sparing healthy normal neighboring cells. CAN-3110 has been shown to selectively express ICP34.5, a key gene in HSV replication, in tumor cells that overexpress Nestin, a cytoskeletal protein. Nestin is highly expressed in glioma cells and other tumor tissue, but is absent in the healthy adult brain. The effects of multiple doses of CAN-3110 in recurrent glioblastoma are currently being evaluated in an ongoing phase 1 clinical trial. 

About Candel Therapeutics

Candel is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on helping patients fight cancer with viral immunotherapies. Candel’s engineered viruses are designed to induce immunogenic cell death through direct viral-mediated cytotoxicity in cancer cells, thus releasing tumor neo-antigens while creating a pro-inflammatory microenvironment at the site of injection. Candel has established two viral immunotherapy platforms based on novel, genetically modified adenovirus and HSV constructs, respectively. CAN-2409 is the lead product candidate from the adenovirus platform and CAN-3110 is the lead product candidate from the HSV platform. Candel’s enLIGHTEN™ Discovery Platform is the first systematic, iterative HSV-based discovery platform leveraging human biology and advanced analytics to create new viral immunotherapies for solid tumors. For more information about Candel, visit: www.candeltx.com

SOURCE: Candel Therapeutics