ImmunoCellular Therapeutics Announces First Patient Enrolled In Its Phase II Trial of ICT-107

ImmunoCellular Therapeutics announced that the first patient has been enrolled in its Phase II trial of ICT-107 at the New Jersey Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medical Center

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA | February 2, 2011 | ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd. (OTCBB: IMUC), a biotechnology company that is developing immune-based therapies for the treatment of various forms of cancer, announced today that the first patient has been enrolled in its Phase II trial of ICT-107 at the New Jersey Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medical Center. ICT-107 is the company's dendritic cell based cancer vaccine candidate for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).

“The enrollment of the first patient in the Phase II trial of ICT-107 represents a hopeful step towards the development of a more effective treatment for an extremely aggressive type of brain tumor, and may ultimately result in the drastic decrease of associated rates of mortality,” said Dr. Joseph C. Landolfi, Director of Neuro-Oncology at the NJ Neuroscience Institute.

The double-blind, placebo-controlled, 2:1 randomized Phase II study is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of ICT-107 in patients with newly diagnosed GBM. The study will enroll approximately 100 patients and will be conducted at an estimated 15 clinical trial centers in the U.S. in collaboration with leading experts and opinion leaders in neuro-oncology.

In the Phase I clinical study of ICT-107 in GBM, newly diagnosed patients who received the vaccine in addition to the standard of care of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy demonstrated a one year overall survival of 100 percent and a two year survival of 80 percent. This compares favorably with historical 61.1 percent one-year and 26.5 percent two-year survival based on the standard of care alone. The median overall survival has not yet been reached at over 30 months analysis point, with 11 out of 16 patients alive (69% percent).

The 12-month disease-free survival from the time of surgery was 75 percent with ICT-107, compared with the historical control of 26.9 percent, and the 24 month disease-free survival with ICT-107 was 43.8 percent, compared with 10.7 percent historically. The median progression-free survival (PFS) of 16.9 months after surgery compared especially favorably with the historical median PFS of 6.9 months observed with the standard treatment. Six of the 16 patients (37 percent) who participated in the study continue to live with no disease progression with an average time of over 30 months. Safety data for ICT-107 also compared favorably to current treatments: no serious adverse events were reported and minor side effects included fatigue, skin rash and pruritis.

About ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd.

IMUC is a Los Angeles-based clinical-stage company that is developing immune-based therapies for the treatment of brain and other cancers. The Company recently completed a Phase I trial of its lead product candidate, ICT-107, a dendritic cell-based vaccine targeting multiple tumor associated antigens for glioblastoma. The Company plans to start patient enrollment in a multi center Phase II study in Q1, 2011. The Company’s “off the shelf” therapeutic vaccine product candidate (ICT-121) targeting cancer stem cells for multiple cancer indications is targeted by IMUC to enter clinical trials during the first half of 2011. To learn more about IMUC, please visit www.imuc.com.

SOURCE: ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd.

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