KNOXVILLE, TN, /GLOBE NEWSWIRE/ -- Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB: PVCT, www.provectusbio.com), ("Provectus" or the "Company"), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing the first small molecule oncolytic immunotherapy for solid tumor cancers, today provided an update on the Company's gastrointestinal ("GI") cancer clinical development program for its lead investigational drug PV-10, which is administered percutaneously when targeting GI cancer tumors.
Provectus' Phase 1 study of patients with hepatic lesions (a "basket study" open to patients with different hepatic tumor types and entitled A Study to Assess PV-10 Chemoablation of Cancer of the Liver, NCT00986661) has treated 18 patients at four U.S. sites to date: six patients with hepatocellular carcinoma ("HCC"), six patients with metastatic colorectal cancer ("mCRC") metastatic to the liver, and six patients with breast cancer, lung cancer, melanoma, ovarian cancer or pancreatic cancer liver metastases. A fifth U.S. site is currently projected to enroll patients in the first half of 2018 and focus on uveal melanoma metastatic to the liver.
The most recent data from this basket study was presented at the 9th Annual Symposium of Clinical Interventional Oncology ("CIO") in Hollywood, Florida on February 4-5, 2017 (a similar presentation was made at the 26th Conference of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver in Shanghai, China on February 15-19, 2017). Results included:
Evidence of tumor destruction in both target (injected) and bystander (non-injected) lesions was displayed. A copy of the CIO poster presentation is available on Provectus' website. Provectus currently plans to present updated data from this basket study at a medical conference in the second half of 2018.
In February 2017, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago published work elucidating PV-10's mechanism of action in colon cancer, whereby PV-10 may induce immunogenic cell death that contributes to specific antitumor immunity.1
In April 2017, the first patient was treated in the Company's first expansion trial of the GI cancer program (A Phase 1 Study of PV-10 Chemoablation of Neuroendocrine Tumors Metastatic to the Liver, NCT02693067). The patient, who had multifocal disease refractory to Lutate (177Lu-DOTA-octreotate, a radio-labelled somatostatin analog; also known as LUTATHERA®, which was approved earlier this month by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration), received percutaneous PV-10 to a single neuroendocrine tumor ("NET") metastasis, and subsequently received a second injection of PV-10 to a second NET metastasis.2 Since then, a second patient received a first injection.2 Provectus currently plans to present preliminary data from this study at a medical conference in the second half of 2018.
Provectus is planning to initiate a second expansion of its GI cancer program focused on metastatic pancreatic cancer. This new study will be the first clinical combination use of PV-10 in GI cancer:
Dominic Rodrigues, Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors, said, "GI cancers as a group are responsible for more deaths than any other disease type. Provectus and its research collaborators have independently established PV-10 as an oncolytic immunotherapy in melanoma4, colon cancer, and pancreatic cancer. We will expand our GI cancer clinical development program by continuing to initiate trials where PV-10, either as a single agent or in combination with another class of agent, may address multiple different indications with substantial unmet need or that are rare diseases."
Provectus is a clinical-stage biotechnology company leading the development of a new class of drugs based on halogenated xanthenes. Intralesional PV-10, the first small molecule oncolytic immunotherapy, which can induce immunogenic cell death, is undergoing clinical study for adult solid tumor cancers like melanoma and cancers of the liver as well as preclinical study for pediatric cancers. Topical PH-10 is undergoing clinical study for inflammatory dermatoses like psoriasis; pathways significantly improved by PH-10 treatment include published psoriasis transcriptomes and cellular responses mediated by IL-17, IL-22 and interferons. Information about the Company's clinical trials can be found at the NIH registry, www.clinicaltrials.gov. For additional information about Provectus, please visit the Company's website at www.provectusbio.com.
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1. Qin J., Kunda N., Qiao G., Calata J.F., Pardiwala K., Prabhakar B.S., Maker A.V. (2017), Colon cancer cell treatment with rose bengal generates a protective immune response via immunogenic cell death. Cell Death Dis. 2017 Feb 2;8(2):e2584. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5386459/.
2. On February 16, 2018, an article was published in the Adelaide, Australia newspaper The Advertiser describing the experiences of the two patients participating in the Phase 1 NET study. DISCLAIMER: In linking to the article Provectus makes no claims about the safety or efficacy of investigational drug PV-10.
3. Pilon-Thomas S., Weber A., Morse J., Kodumudi, K., Liu H., Mullinax J., Sarnaik A.A., (2016), Intralesional injection with Rose Bengal and systemic chemotherapy induces anti-tumor immunity in a murine model of pancreatic cancer. Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer 2016 4(Suppl 1):73. https://jitc.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40425-016-0173-6.
4. Liu H., Innamarato P.P., Kodumudi K., Weber A., Nemoto S., Robinson J.L., Crago G., McCardle T., Royster E., Sarnaik A.A., Pilon-Thomas S. (2016), Intralesional rose bengal in melanoma elicits tumor immunity via activation of dendritic cells by the release of high mobility group box 1. Oncotarget, 7:37893–37905. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5122358/.
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