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Faron Announces Poster Presentation at SITC

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Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy
02 November 2022

Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

("Faron or "Company")


Faron Pharmaceuticals Announces Poster Presentation of Targeted Immunotherapy Bexmarilimab at Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) 2022 Annual Meeting


Press release, November 2, 2022 at 03:00 AM (EDT) / 07:00 AM (GMT) / 09:00 AM (EET)


TURKU, FINLAND / BOSTON, MA - MA: Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd (AIM: FARN, First North: FARON), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on tackling difficult-to-treat cancers and inflammation via precision immunotherapy, will have a poster outlining the BEXCOMBO clinical trial of its CLEVER-1 antibody bexmarilimab at the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer's (SITC) 37th Annual Meeting (2022) in Boston, MA.


Details of the poster presentations are as follows:


Phase II Study to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of the CLEVER-1 Antibody Bexmarilimab in Combination with PD-1 blockade in Patients with Advanced Solid Tumors - BEXCOMBO  

Abstract ID:



Inka Pawlitzky, PhD, Faron


Thursday, November 10, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m . ET


The abstract will be provided on the SITC Annual Meeting website at and will be available in a Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer (JITC) supplement, which will be published on Nov. 7 at 8 a.m. EST. The poster will also be presented on November 10 at 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. EST





BEXCOMBO is a Phase II study that aims to enrol up to 120 patients in a single-arm, multicenter, adaptive design trial. A Simon's 2-Stage design is planned to evaluate 15 patients in Stage 1 and an additional 25 patients in Stage 2 per indication. The study design includes a safety run-in and allows for enrichment of patient populations based on CLEVER-1 expression level, PD-L1 status or biomarkers predictive of response based on emerging non-clinical and clinical data. The study indications include metastatic or unresectable, recurrent HNSCC, locally advanced or metastatic UCC and metastatic NSCLC where first-line PD-1 blockade is approved standard of care. Enrollment is planned to begin in Q1 2023, with up to 10 clinical trial sites across the US and Europe. The primary objective is to evaluate the clinical efficacy of the combination therapy bexmarilimab plus PD-1 blockade based on objective response rate (ORR) using Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST v1.1).


Clinical data show that 65-80% of cancer patients do not respond to single agent PD-1 blockade and evolving data suggest that IFN-ɣ expression is required for response to PD-1 blockade. Bexmarilimab induces IFN-ɣ upregulation, which is required for immune modulation in the tumor microenvironment, T cell activation and ultimately response to PD-1/PD-L1 inhibition therapy. Bexmarilimab ignites the immune response in tumors without preexisting immune activation, and the BEXCOMBO study thereby offers the opportunity to expand the population of responders and provide meaningful benefit to more patients.



About Bexmarilimab:


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 humanized antibody, bexmarilimab targets CLEVER-1 positive (Common Lymphatic Endothelial and Vascular Endothelial Receptor 1) tumor associated macrophages (TAMs) in the tumor microenvironment, converting these highly immunosuppressive M2 macrophages into immune stimulating M1 macrophages. As an immuno-oncology therapy, bexmarilimab has potential as a single-agent therapy or in combination with other standard treatments including immune checkpoint molecules or targeted agents in both solid tumors and hematologic malignancies. Beyond immuno-oncology, it offers potential in infectious diseases, vaccine development and more.



For more information please contact:


Investor Contact

Faron Pharmaceuticals

Julia Balanova

VP, Investor Relations

Phone: +1 (917) 306-6096


Media Contact

Faron Pharmaceuticals

Jennifer Smith-Parker

Head of Communications


Consilium Strategic Communications

Mary-Jane Elliott, David Daley, Lindsey Neville

Phone: +44 (0)20 3709 5700


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



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