PDS Biotech Announces Expanded Preliminary Data from the Phase 2 Trial of Triple Combination PDS0101 Targeting Advanced HPV-Positive Cancers


PDS Biotechnology Corporation

66% of HPV 16-positive checkpoint inhibitor-refractory patients are alive after a median follow-up of 16 months

FLORHAM PARK, NJ Oct. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PDS Biotechnology Corporation (Nasdaq: PDSB), a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing a growing pipeline of targeted immunotherapies for cancer and infectious diseases, today announced expanded interim data evaluating the Phase 2 clinical trial of PDS0101-based triple therapy in advanced human papillomavirus (HPV)-positive cancer. This Phase 2 study is being conducted at the Center for Cancer Research (CCR) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health. Preliminary efficacy data from 37 HPV16-positive evaluable patients, including 29 patients in the checkpoint inhibitor (CPI)-refractory arm, are consistent with the results presented at ASCO 2022 and confirm the selection of CPI-refractory patients as the initial patient population for the ongoing clinical treatment development of the triple combination.

The NCI-led phase 2 clinical trial (NCT04287868) is evaluating PDS0101 in combination with two investigational immunomodulators – M9241, a tumor-targeted IL-12 (immunocytokine), and bintrafusp alfa, a bifunctional checkpoint inhibitor (PD-L1/TGF -β) – in recurrent or metastatic HPV-positive cancers in patients who have failed previous therapy. The triple combination is being studied in CPI-naïve and refractory patients with HPV-positive advanced anal, cervical, head and neck, vaginal and vulvar cancer. Both M9241 and bintrafusp alfa are owned by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

The highlights of the extended preliminary data are as follows:

  • survival data: 66% (19/29) of the HPV 16-positive CPI-refractory patients in the cohort were alive at a median follow-up of 16 months. Historically, this group has had a median overall survival of only 3-4 months. I

  • Security profile: Grade 3 treatment-emergent adverse events (AEs) occurred in 48% (24/50) of patients and Grade 4 AEs in 4% (2/50) of patients. There were no grade 5 treatment-related AEs

The results for HPV-16-positive checkpoint inhibitor-naïve patients also continue to appear encouraging: 75% (6/8) of CPI-naïve patients were alive after a median follow-up of 25 months. 38% (3/8) of responders had a complete response.

“The expanded preliminary data investigating PDS0101-based triple therapy in advanced HPV-positive cancer appear to continue to demonstrate clinical evidence of efficacy, durability and safety in an extremely challenging patient population with very few available treatment options,” said Dr. Frank Bedu-Addo, President and Chief Executive Officer of PDS Biotech. “Importantly, these results reinforce the decision to evaluate this novel combination for the treatment of CPI-refractory patients who do not have an approved standard of care and support the development of a combination therapy to address the significant unmet need.”

About PDS Biotechnology

PDS Biotech is a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing a growing pipeline of targeted immunotherapies for cancer and infectious diseases based on our proprietary Versamune® and Infectimune™ T-cell activating technology platforms. We believe in our purposeful Versamune® based candidates have the potential to overcome the limitations of current immunotherapy by inducing large numbers of high-quality, potent polyfunctional tumor-specific CD4+ helper and CD8+ killer T cells. To date our lead Versamune® The clinical candidate PDS0101 has demonstrated in multiple phase 2 clinical trials the potential to reduce tumors and stabilize disease in combination with approved and investigational therapeutics in patients with a broad spectrum of HPV-positive cancers. Our Infectimune™-based vaccines have also shown in previous pre-clinical studies the potential to induce not only robust and durable neutralizing antibody responses, but also potent T-cell responses, including long-lasting memory T-cell responses. To learn more, please visit www.pdsbiotech.com or follow us on Twitter @PDSBiotech.

About PDS0101

PDS Biotech’s lead candidate, PDS0101, combines the benefits of Versamune® Platform with targeted antigens in HPV-positive cancers. In partnership with Merck & Co., PDS Biotech is evaluating a combination of PDS0101 and KEYTRUDA® in a phase 2 study for the first-line treatment of recurrent or metastatic head and neck cancer and also for the second-line treatment of recurrent or metastatic head and neck cancer in patients who have failed prior checkpoint inhibitor therapy. A Phase 2 clinical trial is also being conducted in partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in second- and third-line treatment of several advanced HPV-positive cancers. A third phase 2 clinical trial in first-line treatment of locally advanced cervical cancer is being conducted with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

KEYTRUDA® is a registered trademark of Merck Sharp and Dohme LLC, a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Versamune® is a registered trademark and Infectimune™ is a trademark of PDS Biotechnology.

Investor contacts:
Deanne Randolph
PDS Biotech
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Rich Cockrell
CG capital
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Dave Schemelia
Tiberend Strategic Advisors, Inc.
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Bill Borden
Strategic Advisors of Tiberend
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