Faron Announces Top-Line 12-Month Survival ResultsSource: RNS
Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd
("Faron" or "Company")
Faron Pharmaceuticals Announces Top-Line 12-Month Survival Results Across 10 Advanced Solid Tumors
· 65% of patients who benefited from treatment with bexmarilimab were alive at 12-months compared to 11% for patients who did not benefit from treatment
· The strongest survival benefit was seen in checkpoint refractory melanoma and cholangiocarcinoma where 12-month survival was 100% among patients who benefited from bexmarilimab treatment and 0% for patients who did not benefit from treatment
· Analysis includes heavily pre-treated, advanced disease patients from 10 solid tumor cohorts
· Treatment with bexmarilimab continues to be well tolerated with no treatment related adverse events resulting in a decrease or modification of dosing
Company Announcement, June 15, 2022 at 02:00 AM (EST) / 07:00 AM (BST) / 09:00 AM (EEST)
TURKU, FINLAND / BOSTON, MA - Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd (AIM: FARN, First North: FARON), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on building the future of immunotherapy by harnessing the power of the immune system to tackle cancer and inflammation, today announces 12-month top-line overall survival results from its Phase I/II MATINS (Macrophage Antibody To INhibit immune Suppression) study investigating the safety and efficacy of bexmarilimab monotherapy in ten different hard-to-treat metastatic or inoperable solid tumor cohorts. The analysis showed that 65% (11/17) of patients who benefited from treatment with bexmarilimab (partial response + stable disease rate) were alive at 12-months compared to 11% (8/73) of patients who did not benefit from treatment. The strongest survival benefit was seen in checkpoint refractory melanoma and cholangiocarcinoma where 12-month survival was 100% among patients who benefited from bexmarilimab treatment and 0% for patients who did not benefit from treatment. The analysis includes 90 patients from the trial who received three courses of treatment and had their scheduled tumor imaging at cycle four and 12-month survival follow-up completed.
"The updated survival data from the MATINS trial are significant, especially when you consider the patient population in this trial," said Daruka Mahadevan, M.D. Ph.D., Chief, Division of Hematology/Medical Oncology, Mays Cancer Center, University of Texas Health, San Antonio. "These are heavily pre-treated patients with significantly advanced disease. It's highly encouraging that an anti-tumor immune response was activated and that two-thirds of the patients who benefited from treatment had a durable response lasting at least 12-months."
The ongoing open label Phase I/II MATINS clinical trial is investigating the safety and efficacy of bexmarilimab, Faron's wholly-owned novel precision cancer immunotherapy targeting Clever-1, a receptor known to be expressed on immunosuppressive macrophages in the tumor microenvironment. In the MATINS trial, bexmarilimab is being investigated as a potential monotherapy in patients with solid tumors who have exhausted all other treatment options. The most significant clinical benefit rate among the ten solid tumor cohorts was observed in cutaneous melanoma (30%), gastric cancer (30%), cholangiocarcinoma (30%), hepatocellular carcinoma (40%) and breast cancer (40%) patients. Treatment with bexmarilimab continues to be well tolerated with no new safety signals reported and no treatment related adverse events resulting in a decrease or modification of dosing.
"One-year survival data is an important milestone in any cancer trial, and we are highly encouraged by the meaningful extension of life experienced by patients who benefited from bexmarilimab monotherapy," said Marie-Louise Fjällskog, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer of Faron. "These data, along with the biomarker data we previously reported, are helping us design our upcoming registrational trials and further support our belief that bexmarilimab monotherapy can increase survival in patients with a variety of late-stage solid tumors."
The Company will complete a detailed evaluation of the MATINS data and looks forward to sharing the results at an upcoming medical conference, as well as with regulatory authorities. Faron thanks the patients and investigators who are participating in the MATINS clinical trial. This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 960914.
This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 ("MAR").
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Bexmarilimab is Faron's wholly-owned, investigative precision immunotherapy with the potential to provide permanent immune stimulation for difficult-to-treat cancers through targeting myeloid cell function. A novel anti-Clever-1 humanised antibody, bexmarilimab targets Clever-1 positive (Common Lymphatic Endothelial and Vascular Endothelial Receptor 1) tumour associated macrophages (TAMs) in the tumour microenvironment, converting these highly immunosuppressive M2 macrophages to immune stimulating M1 macrophages. In mouse models, bexmarilimab has successfully blocked or silenced Clever-1, activating antigen presentation and promoting interferon gamma secretion by leukocytes. Additional pre-clinical studies have proven that Clever-1, encoded by the Stabilin-1 or STAB-1 gene, is a major source of T cell exhaustion and involved in cancer growth and spread. Observations from clinical studies to date indicate that Clever-1 has the capacity to control T cell activation directly, suggesting that the inactivation of Clever-1 as an immune suppressive molecule could be more broadly applicable and more important than previously thought. As an immuno-oncology therapy, bexmarilimab has potential as a single-agent therapy or in combination with other standard treatments including immune checkpoint molecules in both solid tumors and hematologic malignancies. Beyond immuno-oncology, it offers potential in infectious diseases, vaccine development and more.
The MATINS (Macrophage Antibody To INhibit immune Suppression) study is a first-in-human open label phase I/II clinical trial investigating the tolerability, safety and efficacy of bexmarilimab in ten different hard-to-treat metastatic or inoperable solid tumour cohorts - cholangiocarcinoma, colorectal cancer, cutaneous melanoma, ER+ breast cancer, gastric cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, ovarian cancer, uveal melanoma, pancreatic cancer and anaplastic thyroid carcinoma - which are all known to host a significant number of Clever-1 positive tumour-associated macrophages (TAMs). The completed Part I of the trial dealt with tolerability, safety and dose escalation. The ongoing Part II is focused on identifying patients who show an increased number of Clever-1 positive TAMs and exploring safety and efficacy. Part III will be focused on assessing efficacy. Data from MATINS have shown that bexmarilimab has the potential to be the first macrophage immune checkpoint therapy. To date, the investigational therapy has been shown to be safe and well-tolerated, making it a low-risk candidate for combination with existing cancer therapies, and has demonstrated early signs of clinical benefit in patients who have exhausted all other treatment options.
About Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Faron (AIM: FARN, First North: FARON) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for medical conditions with significant unmet needs caused by dysfunction of our immune system. The Company currently has a pipeline based on the receptors involved in regulation of immune response in oncology, organ damage and bone marrow regeneration. Bexmarilimab, a novel anti-Clever-1 humanized antibody, is its investigative precision immunotherapy with the potential to provide permanent immune stimulation for difficult-to-treat cancers through targeting myeloid function. Currently in Phase I/II clinical development as a potential therapy for patients with solid tumors and hematologic malignancies, bexmarilimab has potential as a single-agent therapy or in combination with other standard treatments including immune checkpoint molecules. Traumakine is an investigational intravenous (IV) interferon beta-1a therapy for the treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and other ischemic or hyperinflammatory conditions. Traumakine is currently being evaluated by the 59th Medical Wing of the US Air Force and the US Department of Defense for the prevention of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) after ischemia-reperfusion injury caused by a major trauma. Faron is based in Turku, Finland. Further information is available at www.faron.com.
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