BOSTON – September 9, 2022: CureLab Oncology , a clinical-stage, pre-IPO biotech company, is presenting the results of its ongoing ex-US clinical trial at this year’s meeting of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO). The trial is assessing an experimental DNA plasmid encoding the human protein, p62 (affectionately codenamed Elenagen), at the N.N. Alexandrov National Cancer Centre, one of the leading cancer centers in Eastern Europe.
Platinum-resistant ovarian cancer (PROC) is one of the deadliest forms of ovarian cancer and has a very poor prognosis. The FDA approved other novel treatments for PROC based on statistically significant improvements for the delay of progression of the cancer, assessed by the increasing size of a primary tumor and/or the appearance of new metastatic lesions or growth of the existing ones; i.e., progression-free survival (PFS). A statistically significant prolongation of PFS was clearly demonstrated in the trial and continues to extend as the trial continues.
“While our data on increasing progression-free survival are already statistically significant (P=0.01), it will take a little longer to reach a statistical significance on overall survival of the patients,” said Professor Sergey Krasny, M.D., D.Sc., co-author of the ESMO presentation, and a medical director of the study. “However, so far, no single patient receiving gemcitabine alone has lived longer than 18 months, while over 50 percent of patients receiving gemcitabine and Elenagen live longer than that. Also of note is that no person who survived to live 18 months has died at this point in the study.”
“Our presentation at ESMO 2022 is a great step forward compared to what we presented at ESMO 2021. Now, we are certain that Elenagen is increasing progression-free survival for platinum-resistant ovarian cancer patients in the trial,” said Alexander Shneider, Ph.D., CEO of CureLab Oncology.
CureLab’s lead investigational compound is code-named Elenagen, an experimental DNA therapy that consists of a circular piece of DNA called a plasmid that includes a gene for a human protein called p62/SQSTM1. In animal studies and Phase I/II human trials conducted ex-US, Elenagen demonstrated promise in reversing tumor grade, changing the tumor microenvironment, and enhancing the anti-cancer effects of chemotherapy. Experimental results also indicate mitigation of chronic inflammation and stimulation of an immune response to the tumor.
CureLab Oncology Inc. is a pre-IPO, clinical-stage immuno-oncology biotech company headquartered in the greater Boston area, Massachusetts. CureLab is dedicated to advancing new and safer therapeutics for solid tumors and other oncology and inflammatory indications. To learn more, visit curelab.com.
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