Advaxis’ Phase 3 AIM2CERV Study Placed on Partial Clinical Hold by FDA Related to CMC Requests
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- Published on Thursday, 24 January 2019 09:03
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Enrolled Patients Continue to be Treated
PRINCETON, NJ, USA I January 23, 2019 I Advaxis, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADXS), a late-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of immunotherapy products, today announced receipt of notification from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the Company’s ongoing Phase 3, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, pivotal study of axalimogene filolisbac (AXAL) in high-risk, locally advanced cervical cancer (AIM2CERV) has been placed on partial clinical hold. The FDA’s recent communication, received late last week, states that the partial hold is related to their requests for additional information pertaining to certain AXAL chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) matters. The Agency did not cite any safety issues related to the trial and all currently enrolled patients will continue to receive treatment, per the trial protocol. However, no new patients can enroll in AIM2CERV until resolution of this partial hold.
“FDA’s review of the AXAL Investigational New Drug (IND) application was prompted by our proposal to modify the AIM2CERV trial’s analysis plan to include, among other things, allowance for a second formal interim analysis for both safety and efficacy,” said Kenneth A. Berlin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Advaxis. “The primary focus of the items raised by the Agency relates to providing additional clarifying details for CMC information previously provided in support of Phase 3 development and which will help support a future Biologics License Application. We have already begun efforts to address the Agency’s requests for information and are working to respond as promptly as we can.” He concluded, “Our AXAL product has demonstrated a manageable safety profile in the over 400 patients we have dosed to date and we look forward to enrolling new patients in our AIM2CERV trial after FDA agrees that the information we submit is responsive to its requests.”
About Advaxis, Inc.
Advaxis, Inc. is a late-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of proprietary Lm-based antigen delivery products. These immunotherapies are based on a platform technology that utilizes live attenuated Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) bioengineered to secrete antigen/adjuvant fusion proteins. These Lm-based strains are believed to be a significant advancement in immunotherapy as they integrate multiple functions into a single immunotherapy and are designed to access and direct antigen presenting cells to stimulate anti-tumor T cell immunity, activate the immune system with the equivalent of multiple adjuvants, and simultaneously reduce tumor protection in the tumor microenvironment to enable the T cells to eliminate tumors. Advaxis has four franchises in various stages of clinical and preclinical development: HPV-associated cancers, neoantigen therapy, hotspot/cancer antigens and prostate cancer.