Welcome!

News Feed Item

NewLink Genetics Presents Algenpantucel-L Clinical Data in Poster Discussion Session at ASCO 2014 Annual Meeting

Algenpantucel-L Shows Improved Overall Survival in Pancreatic Cancer Patients with Increased Anti-Calreticulin Antibody

AMES, IA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/02/14 -- NewLink Genetics Corporation (NASDAQ: NLNK), a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel immunotherapeutics to improve treatment options for patients with cancer, today announced additional data with its drug candidate algenpantucel-L that is currently under development for multiple indications in pancreatic cancer.

Additional immunological correlative data from the NLG0205 Phase 2 study of adjuvant algenpantucel-L for treatment of resected pancreatic cancer patients was discussed at a poster presentation in Chicago during the 50th Annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The NLG0205 Phase 2 clinical study evaluated algenpantucel-L plus standard-of-care adjuvant therapy (gemcitabine and 5-FU based chemoradiotherapy) in 69 patients with resected pancreatic cancer where one year disease-free survival was 62 percent and overall one year survival was 86 percent. Newlink presented data demonstrating that increased anti-calreticulin antibody (anti-CALR Ab) levels following algenpantucel-L treatment correlate with a statistically significant improvement in overall survival. Specifically, the data show median overall survival was 35.8 months in patients with elevated levels of anti-CALR Ab versus 19.2 months in patients without elevated levels(p=0.03).

Furthermore, the company presented additional patient demographic data from its ongoing IMPRESS phase 3 pivotal trial. The company evaluated the characteristics of "High Risk vs Low Risk" populations including age, gender, disease, nodal status, CA19-9 levels, resection margin, tumor location and tumor size for all 722 patients enrolled in the IMPRESS study. Specifically, IMPRESS has enrolled a significant majority (92%) of patients with high risk characteristics that were defined as being node positive or having tumor size ≥ 2.5 cm. The patient demographic profile and stage of disease severity were shown to be highly similar across all parameters when compared with the previously reported U.S.-based, multi-center RTOG 9704 clinical study of adjuvant therapy in this patient population, supporting projected survival rates for the control arm of the IMPRESS study.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Characteristics                        IMPRESS (n=722)   RTOG 9704 (n=221)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Age (median)                                 65                 61
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Gender (male)                                52%                53%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tumor location (head)                        80%                85%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tumor location (body)                        20%                15%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
CA19-9 ( >180)                               9%                 9%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tumor Grade (poor/undifferentiated           35%                30%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Nodal Status (N+)                            70%                68%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tumor Size (median) > 3.0 cm                 55%                59%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
High risk status: N+ or > 2.5 cm             92%                N/A
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Low risk status: N0, < 2.5 cm, R0/R1    8% (low risk)           N/A
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

"Algenpantucel-L is the most advanced program to emerge through our HyperAcute platform, and we are highly encouraged by this additional data supporting our belief that algenpantucel-L may provide a much needed survival benefit for pancreatic cancer patients," said Charles J. Link, Jr., M.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NewLink. "We also presented patient population characteristics from our IMPRESS Phase 3 clinical study with algenpantucel-L which were consistent, across the board, with those previously reported in the RTOG 9704 clinical study, supporting our expectations regarding survival rates for patients enrolled in the control arm of the IMPRESS study."

"During the last few years, despite some recent reports of novel therapeutic agents showing promise in pancreatic cancer, overall benefits are marginal at best and unfortunately offer only limited survival advantage achieved with significant toxicities," said Dr. Nick Vahanian, President and Chief Medical Officer of NewLink Genetics. He added, "In fact, during the last 3 decades there has been such limited progress made in fighting pancreatic cancer that reports of 1-2 months of survival benefit are still considered significant. We hope our data will shift treatment paradigms by helping to demonstrate the promise of immunotherapy in treating pancreatic cancer patients."

These data were presented in a discussed poster presentation entitled "Anti-Calreticulin Antibody Titers Correlate with Improved Overall Survival in a Phase 2 Clinical Trial of Algenpantucel-L Immunotherapy for Patients with Resected Pancreatic Cancer," by NewLink researchers and collaborators at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Patient enrollment (n=722) is complete in the IMPRESS study (Immunotherapy for Pancreatic Resectable cancer Survival Study). Following completion of the first interim analysis in March of this year, the NewLink Genetics' Independent Data Safety Monitoring Committee (DSMC) reviewed patient data and, as anticipated, recommended study continuation without modification. A second interim analysis is planned upon reaching 333 patient events and, if needed, a final analysis is planned at 444 patient events.

About HyperAcute Immunotherapy

NewLink's HyperAcute® immunotherapy platform creates novel biologic products that are designed to stimulate the human immune system to recognize and attack cancer cells. HyperAcute product candidates are composed of human cancer cells that are tumor specific, but not patient specific. These cells have been modified to express alpha-gal, a carbohydrate for which humans have pre-existing immunity. These alpha-gal-modified cells stimulate a rapid and powerful human immune response that trains the body's natural defenses to seek out and destroy cancer cells. The objective of HyperAcute immunotherapies is to elicit an antitumor response by "educating" the immune system to attack a patient's own cancer cells. HyperAcute immunotherapies do not require any tissue from individual patients and use intact whole cells rather than cell fragments or purified proteins. We believe these unique properties of HyperAcute products result in the stimulation of a robust immune response.

NewLink's lead product candidate, algenpantucel-L (HyperAcute pancreas), is being studied in a Phase 3 trial (IMPRESS: "Immunotherapy for Pancreatic Resectable cancer Survival Study") under a Special Protocol Assessment with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This trial involves up to 722 patients with surgically resected pancreatic cancer. Algenpantucel-L is also being tested in a second Phase 3 study (PILLAR: "Pancreatic Immunotherapy with algenpantucel-L for Locally Advanced non-Resectable"), involving patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer.

NewLink has several HyperAcute product candidates focused on other tumor types in various stages of development, including tergenpumatucel-L, which is in an adaptive design, randomized Phase 2b/3 clinical trial currently accruing up to 240 patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

About NewLink Genetics Corporation
NewLink is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel immuno-oncology products to improve treatment options for patients with cancer. NewLink's portfolio includes biologic and small molecule immunotherapy product candidates intended to treat a wide range of oncology indications. NewLink's product candidates are designed to harness multiple components of the immune system to combat cancer without significant incremental toxicity, either as a monotherapy or in combination with other treatment regimens. For more information please visit http://www.linkp.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements of NewLink that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, contained in this press release are forward-looking statements, within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "target," "potential," "will," "could," "should," "seek," or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. These forward-looking statements include, among others, statements about: the prospects and efficacy of algenpantucel-L, tergenpumatucel-L, and our other HyperAcute product candidates and related clinical trials, plans to develop and commercialize our product candidates; ongoing and planned preclinical studies and clinical trials, the timing for completion of enrollment and outcomes of our other ongoing clinical studies; and any other statements other than statements of historical fact. Actual results or events could differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements that NewLink makes due to a number of important factors, including those risks discussed in "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in NewLink's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2013, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2014, Form S-3 Registration Statement filed December 28, 2012 and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements in this press release represent NewLink's views as of the date of this press release. NewLink anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause its views to change. However, while it may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, it specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. You should, therefore, not rely on these forward-looking statements as representing NewLink's views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
With the Apple Watch making its way onto wrists all over the world, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a staple in the workplace. In fact, Forrester reported that 68 percent of technology and business decision-makers characterize wearables as a top priority for 2015. Recognizing their business value early on, FinancialForce.com was the first to bring ERP to wearables, helping streamline communication across front and back office functions. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kevin Roberts...
Let’s face it, embracing new storage technologies, capabilities and upgrading to new hardware often adds complexity and increases costs. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Seth Oxenhorn, Vice President of Business Development & Alliances at FalconStor, will discuss how a truly heterogeneous software-defined storage approach can add value to legacy platforms and heterogeneous environments. The result reduces complexity, significantly lowers cost, and provides IT organizations with improved effi...
Cognitive Computing is becoming the foundation for a new generation of solutions that have the potential to transform business. Unlike traditional approaches to building solutions, a cognitive computing approach allows the data to help determine the way applications are designed. This contrasts with conventional software development that begins with defining logic based on the current way a business operates. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Judith S. Hurwitz, President and CEO of Hurwitz & ...
It's easy to assume that your app will run on a fast and reliable network. The reality for your app's users, though, is often a slow, unreliable network with spotty coverage. What happens when the network doesn't work, or when the device is in airplane mode? You get unhappy, frustrated users. An offline-first app is an app that works, without error, when there is no network connection.
Data-as-a-Service is the complete package for the transformation of raw data into meaningful data assets and the delivery of those data assets. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lakshmi Randall, an industry expert, analyst and strategist, will address: What is DaaS (Data-as-a-Service)? Challenges addressed by DaaS Vendors that are enabling DaaS Architecture options for DaaS
One of the bewildering things about DevOps is integrating the massive toolchain including the dozens of new tools that seem to crop up every year. Part of DevOps is Continuous Delivery and having a complex toolchain can add additional integration and setup to your developer environment. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, Miko Matsumura, Chief Marketing Officer of Gradle Inc., will discuss which tools to use in a developer stack, how to provision the toolchain to minimize onboa...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Catchpoint Systems, Inc., a provider of innovative web and infrastructure monitoring solutions, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's DevOps Summit at 18th Cloud Expo New York, which will take place June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Catchpoint is a leading Digital Performance Analytics company that provides unparalleled insight into customer-critical services to help consistently deliver an amazing customer experience. Designed...
With the proliferation of both SQL and NoSQL databases, organizations can now target specific fit-for-purpose database tools for their different application needs regarding scalability, ease of use, ACID support, etc. Platform as a Service offerings make this even easier now, enabling developers to roll out their own database infrastructure in minutes with minimal management overhead. However, this same amount of flexibility also comes with the challenges of picking the right tool, on the right ...
CIOs and those charged with running IT Operations are challenged to deliver secure, audited, and reliable compute environments for the applications and data for the business. Behind the scenes these tasks are often accomplished by following onerous time-consuming processes and often the management of these environments and processes will be outsourced to multiple IT service providers. In addition, the division of work is often siloed into traditional "towers" that are not well integrated for cro...
SYS-CON Events announced today that FalconStor Software® Inc., a 15-year innovator of software-defined storage solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. FalconStor Software®, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC) is a leading software-defined storage company offering a converged, hardware-agnostic, software-defined storage and data services platform. Its flagship solution FreeStor®, utilizes a horizonta...
With an estimated 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, several industries will begin to expand their capabilities for retaining end point data at the edge to better utilize the range of data types and sheer volume of M2M data generated by the Internet of Things. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Don DeLoach, CEO and President of Infobright, will discuss the infrastructures businesses will need to implement to handle this explosion of data by providing specific use cases for filte...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Avere delivers a more modern architectural approach to storage that doesn’t require the overprovisioning of storage capacity to achieve performance, overspending on expensive storage media for inactive data or the overbuilding of data centers ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pythian, a global IT services company specializing in helping companies adopt disruptive technologies to optimize revenue-generating systems, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Founded in 1997, Pythian is a global IT services company that helps companies compete by adopting disruptive technologies such as cloud, Big Data, advanced analytics, and DevO...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management...
The Quantified Economy represents the total global addressable market (TAM) for IoT that, according to a recent IDC report, will grow to an unprecedented $1.3 trillion by 2019. With this the third wave of the Internet-global proliferation of connected devices, appliances and sensors is poised to take off in 2016. In his session at @ThingsExpo, David McLauchlan, CEO and co-founder of Buddy Platform, will discuss how the ability to access and analyze the massive volume of streaming data from mil...