PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advaxis, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADXS), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing cancer immunotherapies, announced today that it will present at the Noble Financial Capital Markets 11th Annual Investor Conference being held January 18-21, 2015 at the Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Florida.
David J. Mauro, MD, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Advaxis, will provide an overview of the Company's business and will be available to participate in one-on-one meetings with investors who are registered to attend the conference.
|Event:||Noble Financial Capital Markets 11th Annual Investor Conference|
|Date:||Monday, January 19, 2015|
|Time:||3:00 p.m., EST|
|Location:||Club Med Sandpiper Bay|
In addition to the corporate presentation, Dr. Mauro will participate in a panel discussion entitled, "Advances in Immunotherapy are Changing the Cancer Treatment Paradigm." The panel, which will be led by Dr. Kapil Dhingra, previously head of Roche Oncology Clinical Development, will focus on the rapid growth of the cancer immunotherapy industry and the potential that the technology offers across multiple oncology indications.
Dr. Mauro stated, "I greatly welcome the opportunity to participate in this panel discussion and be among such an esteemed group of immunotherapy experts. Cancer immunotherapy has garnered significant interest from investors and the oncology industry alike due to its potential to reshape how cancer is treated. I look forward to providing my insights on the overall promise of cancer immunotherapy, as well as highlighting the advances of Advaxis's multiple immunotherapy programs."
About Advaxis, Inc.
Advaxis is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing multiple cancer immunotherapies based on its proprietary Lm-LLO platform technology. The Lm-LLO technology, using bioengineered live attenuated Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, is the only known cancer immunotherapy agent shown in preclinical studies to both generate cancer fighting T-cells directed against a cancer antigen and neutralize Tregs and myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), that protect the tumor microenvironment from immunologic attack and contribute to tumor growth. Advaxis's lead Lm-LLO immunotherapy, ADXS-HPV, targets human papillomavirus (HPV) associated cancers and is in clinical trials for three indications: Phase 2 in invasive cervical cancer, Phase 1/2 in head and neck cancer, and Phase 1/2 in anal cancer. The FDA has granted Advaxis orphan drug designation for each of these three indications. The Company plans to initiate a registrational clinical program for cervical cancer in 2015 and has established licensing partners in India and Asia for commercialization in those regions. Advaxis entered into a clinical trial collaboration with MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, for a Phase 1/2 immunotherapy study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of MedImmune's investigational anti-PD-L1 immune checkpoint inhibitor, MEDI4736, in combination with Advaxis's ADXS-HPV as a treatment for patients with advanced, recurrent or refractory HPV-associated cervical cancer and HPV-associated head and neck cancer.
Advaxis's second Lm-LLO immunotherapy candidate in clinical testing will be ADXS-PSA, which is being developed to address prostate cancer. Advaxis entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement with Merck & Co., Inc. ("Merck"), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, through its subsidiaries, to evaluate the combination of Advaxis's Lm-LLO cancer immunotherapy, ADXS-PSA, with Merck's PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor Keytruda® (pembrolizumab). The planned clinical trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of ADXS-PSA as monotherapy and in combination with pembrolizumab in a Phase 1/2 study of patients with previously treated metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer.
Advaxis is also developing Lm-LLO immunotherapy ADXS-cHER2, to target the Her2 receptor overexpressing cancers. Her2 is overexpressed in certain solid-tumor cancers, including pediatric bone cancer (or osteosarcoma), breast cancer, esophageal, and gastric cancer. ADXS-cHER2 has received orphan drug designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of osteosarcoma. Advaxis is developing ADXS-cHER2 for both human and animal-health, and has seen promising results in canine osteosarcoma, which is considered a model for human osteosarcoma. Advaxis is planning to file an IND for ADXS-cHER2 in Her2 overexpressing cancers and to conduct a clinical program in pediatric osteosarcoma. Advaxis has licensed ADXS-cHER2 and three other immunotherapy constructs to Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. for pet therapeutics.
For more information about our cancer immunotherapies please visit www.advaxis.com.
Some of the statements included in this press release, particularly those regarding the proposed Phase 3 for ADXS-HPV in patients with early stage cervical cancer, may be forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. For those statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Among the factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially are the following: statements regarding Advaxis's ability to develop the next generation of cancer immunotherapies; the safety and efficacy of Advaxis's proprietary immunotherapy, ADXS HPV; and other risk factors identified from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Advaxis undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revision to these forward-looking statements, which may be made to reflect the events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. The information found on our website is not incorporated by reference into this press release and is included for reference purposes only.
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