TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VBL Therapeutics (NASDAQ:VBLT), a late-stage clinical biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class treatments for cancer, today announced that complete Phase 2 data on VB-111 in combination with Bevacizumab (Avastin™) will be presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology's (ESMO) European Cancer Congress 2015, being held September 25th-29th in Vienna, Austria.
|Date:||Sunday, September 27th at 9:15am (CET)|
|Section:||Proffered Paper Session: Central Nervous System, LEHAR 3|
|Title:||Phase 2 study of VB-111, an anti-cancer gene therapy, as monotherapy followed by combination of VB-111 with bevacizumab, in patients with recurrent Glioblastoma|
|Presenter:||Andrew J. Brenner, MD, PhD|
|Cancer Therapy and Research Center|
|University of Texas Health Science Center|
|Department of Medicine|
|San Antonio, Texas|
"We look forward to this opportunity at ECC 2015 to present complete results from this important Phase 2 trial of VB-111 in rGBM," stated Professor Dror Harats, CEO of VBL Therapeutics. "The presentation will include response rates in patients, as well as updated results on overall survival and response rate. We are excited to move forward with development of this first-in-class biologic agent and continue recruiting to our recently launched pivotal Phase 3 study in rGBM."
VB-111 is a novel, intravenously-administered, next generation targeted anti-angiogenic agent that utilizes VBL's proprietary Vascular Targeting System (VTS(TM)) to target endothelial cells in the tumor vasculature for cancer therapy. VB-111 contains a non-replicating adenovirus, a proprietary modified murine pre-proendothelin promoter (PPE-1-3x) and a Fas-Chimera transgene to angiogenic tumor blood vessels, leading to their apoptosis. VB-111 is the first agent based on transcriptional targeting of tumor endothelium to be assessed in a clinical trial.
VB-111 completed a Phase 1/2 "all-comers" clinical trial, which demonstrated multiple cases of objective tumor response and disease control and excellent safety and tolerability. VB-111 has Fast Track Designation for recurrent glioblastoma in the US and organ drug status for glioblastoma in both the US and EU. Beyond GBM, VBL is also conducting early phase II studies in thyroid and ovarian cancer.
About the European Cancer Congress 2015 (ECC 2015)
The European Cancer Congress (ECC 2015) is a biennial congress which combines the efforts of the most important European oncology professionals with the aim of improving the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of cancer patients. Partner organisations include: ECCO, ESMO, ESTRO, ESSO, EACR, EONS, SIOPE, representing a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment and care. For more information, refer to http://www.esmo.org/Conferences/European-Cancer-Congress-2015.
Vascular Biogenics Ltd., operating as VBL Therapeutics, is a late-stage clinical biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class treatments for cancer. The Company's lead oncology product candidate, VB-111, is a gene-based biologic that is initially being developed for recurrent glioblastoma, or rGBM, an aggressive form of brain cancer. VB-111 has received orphan drug designation in both the United States and Europe and was granted Fast Track designation by the FDA for prolongation of survival in patients with glioblastoma that has recurred following treatment with standard chemotherapy and radiation. VBL Therapeutics' pivotal Phase 3 GLOBE trial of VB-111 in rGBM is ongoing under a special protocol assessment granted by the FDA.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not promises or guarantees and involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described or projected herein include uncertainties associated generally with research and development, clinical trials and related regulatory reviews and approvals, and the risk that historical clinical trial results may not be predictive of future trial results. In particular, results from our proposed pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial of VB-111 in rGBM may not support approval of VB-111 for marketing in the United States, notwithstanding the positive results seen in our current clinical trial. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other risks can be found in the Company's regulatory filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. VBL Therapeutics undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.
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Source: VBL Therapeutics