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Progression Free Survival of 7 months after Treatment with KiroVAX/BSK01 and Chemotherapy Versus 3.9 months with Standard of Care
KiroVax/BSK01 Underscores the Company’s Cellular Therapy Approach to Treating Solid Cancer Tumors
Advancement of KiroVax/BSK01 Leverages Acceleration of Regulatory Pathways, Improvements in Manufacturing Yield, and Potential as an Adjuvant Treatment to Improve Efficacy of Company’s Broader Pipeline
HOUSTON, October 25, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kiromic BioPharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: KRBP) ("Kiromic" or the "Company"), a clinical-stage fully integrated biotherapeutics company using its proprietary DIAMOND® artificial intelligence (AI) platform to discover and develop cell and gene therapies with a therapeutic focus on immuno-oncology and other diseases, today announces the results of a published pilot Phase 1 clinical trial that showed KiroVax/BSK01, Kiromic’s cell therapy cancer vaccine candidate, in combination with chemotherapy, demonstrated a significant progression free survival (PFS) benefit in one of the patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer who participated in the trial.
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Figure 1: stable disease in a pancreatic cancer patient with lung metastasis which initially increased in size to 270mm2 and then subsequently stabilized at 100mm2 after three months of treatment with KiroVax/BSK01 in combination with chemotherapy (Photo: Business Wire)
The results from the pilot Phase 1 clinical trial demonstrated PFS of 7 months after treatment with KiroVAX/BSK01 and chemotherapy versus PFS of 3.9 months with second line chemotherapy.
"We are very proud of the results we achieved with KiroVax/BSK01 in addressing advanced metastatic pancreatic cancer. We believe that this is an exciting study, as we believe it demonstrates Kiromic’s early clinical success in the cellular therapy arena," stated Maurizio Chiriva Internati, DBSc, PhDs, President, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, and Founder of Kiromic BioPharma. "By reaffirming this published clinical study we intend to illustrate Kiromic’s robust cellular therapy platform, and accordingly, we believe that KiroVAX/BSK01 may have a powerful and synergistic impact as an adjuvant to our novel and innate immunity cellular therapy pipeline. As we did with KiroVax/BSK01, we expect to be able to also progress Kiromic’s CAR-T therapies to the clinical arena."
Metastasis is the spread of cancer cells from the place where they first formed to another part of the body. In metastasis, cancer cells break away from the original (primary) tumor, travel through the blood or lymph system, and form a new tumor in other organs or tissues of the body. The new, metastatic tumor is the same type of cancer as the primary tumor.
The scans in figure 1 illustrate stable disease in a pancreatic cancer patient with lung metastasis which initially increased in size to 270mm2 and then subsequently stabilized at 100mm2 after three months of treatment with KiroVax/BSK01 in combination with chemotherapy, resulting in a progression free survival (PFS) of 7 months.
More information on this Phase 1 clinical trial may be found on the Company’s website.
Based on these encouraging results, the Company intends to evaluate the potential role of KiroVax/BSK01 as an adjuvant in combination with its growing innate immunity cellular therapy platform. Kiromic added to its innate immunotherapy portfolio by also developing multi-indication, Gamma Delta T-cells, which have the added commercial advantage of being "off-the-shelf" cellular therapeutic candidates to address solid tumor cancers.
KiroVax/BSK01, the Company’s Phase 1 cell therapy cancer vaccine candidate, consists of professional antigen presenting cells that are matured and pulsed with tumor specific antigens, yielding a tumor-targeted, next-generation cell therapy vaccine designed for the therapeutic treatment of multiple types of solid cancer tumors. The Company plans on progressing KiroVax/BSK01 into subsequent clinical trials.
About Kiromic BioPharma
Kiromic BioPharma, Inc. is a clinical-stage, fully integrated biotherapeutics company using its proprietary DIAMOND® artificial intelligence (AI) platform to discover and develop cell and gene therapies with a therapeutic focus on immuno-oncology and other diseases. Kiromic is in the process of developing a multi-indication allogeneic CAR-T cell therapy that exploits the natural potency of Gamma Delta T-cells to target solid cancers.
From its heritage as a cancer vaccine development company, Kiromic is focused on discovering, developing, and commercializing novel immuno-oncology applications through its robust product pipeline. The pipeline development is leveraged through the Company’s proprietary target discovery engine called "DIAMOND." Kiromic's DIAMOND is where big data science meets target identification to dramatically compress the man-years and billions of drug development dollars required to develop a live drug. The Company maintains offices in Houston, Texas. To learn more, visit www.kiromic.com and connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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