Company to provide updated VERSATILE-002 data on combination of PDS0101 and KEYTRUDA®
PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PDS Biotechnology Corporation (Nasdaq: PDSB) (PDS Biotech or Company), a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing a growing pipeline of targeted cancer immunotherapies and infectious disease vaccines based on the Company’s proprietary T cell activating platforms, today announced it will host a Key Opinion Leader (KOL) Roundtable on Addressing Current and Future Treatments for Recurrent/Metastatic Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-Positive Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC) and the Potential Application of PDS0101, including an update from the Phase 2 VERSATILE-002 trial, for analysts, investors and the scientific community from 8:00 – 9:00 AM EDT on Wednesday, September 27, 2023.
The Company-sponsored event will focus on current and potential treatments for HPV16-positive head and neck cancer, including the emerging use of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA), and unmet needs of this growing patient population. The event will also include a presentation on updated data from the VERSATILE-002 study of the combination of KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) and PDS0101, PDS Biotech’s novel investigational HPV-targeted immunotherapy, as well as the design for the planned VERSATILE-003 Phase 3 clinical trial due to be initiated in the fourth quarter of 2023. The event will be moderated by PDS Biotech’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Lauren V. Wood, and will feature presentations from the following head and neck cancer KOLs:
- Dr. Glenn Hanna, Assistant Professor, Harvard University and Medical Oncologist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
- Dr. John Kaczmar, Associate Professor, Medical University of South Carolina
- Dr. Ricard Mesía, Head of Medical Oncology, Catalan Institute of Oncology
- Dr. Katharine Price, Associate Professor, Oncology Head and Neck Disease Group, Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center
Registration of PDS Biotech’s KOL Roundtable is now open, and a live webcast of the event will be available online in the investor relations section of the Company’s website at https://www.pdsbiotech.com/index.php/investors. A replay will be available for 90 days following the webcast.
About PDS Biotechnology
PDS Biotech is a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing a growing pipeline of targeted cancer and infectious disease immunotherapies based on our proprietary Versamune®, Versamune® plus PDS0301, and Infectimune® T cell-activating platforms. We believe our targeted immunotherapies have the potential to overcome the limitations of current immunotherapy approaches through the activation of the right type, quantity and potency of T cells. To date, our lead Versamune® clinical candidate, PDS0101, has demonstrated the ability to reduce and shrink tumors and stabilize disease in combination with approved and investigational therapeutics in patients with a broad range of HPV16-associated cancers in multiple Phase 2 clinical trials and will be advancing into a Phase 3 clinical trial in combination with KEYTRUDA® for the treatment of recurrent/metastatic HPV16-positive head and neck cancer in 2023. Our Infectimune® based vaccines have also demonstrated the potential to induce not only robust and durable neutralizing antibody responses, but also powerful T cell responses, including long-lasting memory T cell responses in pre-clinical studies to date. To learn more, please visit www.pdsbiotech.com or follow us on Twitter at @PDSBiotech.
PDS0101, PDS Biotech’s lead candidate, is a novel investigational human papillomavirus (HPV)-targeted immunotherapy that stimulates a potent targeted T cell attack against HPV-positive cancers. PDS0101 is given by subcutaneous injection alone or in combination with other immunotherapies and cancer treatments. In a Phase 1 study of PDS0101 in monotherapy, the treatment demonstrated the ability to generate multifunctional HPV16-targeted CD8 and CD4 T cells with minimal toxicity. Interim data suggests PDS0101 generates clinically active immune responses, and the combination of PDS0101 with other treatments can demonstrate significant disease control by reducing or shrinking tumors, delaying disease progression and/or prolonging survival. The combination of PDS0101 with other treatments does not appear to compound the toxicity of other agents.
VERSATILE-003 is a randomized, controlled Phase 3 trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of PDS0101 in combination with Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) compared with KEYTRUDA® monotherapy as the control arm. The primary end point for the study is patient overall survival (OS). The combination is being evaluated in immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI)-naïve patients with recurrent/metastatic HPV16-positive head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) and was granted Fast Track designation by the Food and Drug Administration in June 2022.
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Versamune® and Infectimune® are registered trademarks of PDS Biotechnology Corporation. KEYTRUDA® is a registered trademark of Merck Sharp and Dohme LLC, a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, N.J., USA.
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