In a March 26 research note, analyst Joseph Pantginis reported that IMV Inc.'s (IMV:TSX; IMMVD:NASDAQ) preliminary monotherapy data confirmed the efficacy of its T cell-activating immunotherapy, DPX-Survivac, in ovarian cancer.
These results came from six monotherapy patients who have completed their first CT scan follow-ups in the Phase 2 portion of the Phase 1b/2 DECIDE trial. (The trial's Phase 2 component is also evaluating DPX-Survivac in combination with epacadostat for advanced recurrent ovarian cancer in seven patients, but data from those patients are not available yet.)
Five of the six DPX-Survivac monotherapy patients, or 85%, demonstrated stable disease; two showed tumor regression. Eighty percent of the positive responses were seen in patients with a lower baseline tumor burden, including the two with tumor regression.
Further, in the monotherapy cohort, DPX-Survivac proved to be safe and well tolerated. This is in contrast to the patients on the DPX-Survivac and epacadostat combination therapy, all of whom showed disease progression at day 56 and overall decreased tolerance. In fact, two patients dropped out of the study due to adverse events.
"We believe the data are encouraging as they confirm the observations made in the Phase 1b portion of the trial and support the use of DPX-Survivac monotherapy," Pantginis commented. They also "provide further evidence of the validity of baseline tumor burden as a potential biomarker for patient selection and a prognostic indicator of positive responses."
In Q2/19, additional data from the Phase 2 monotherapy cohort, Day 140 follow-up results, should be released, possibly at this year's annual American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting.
Pantginis highlighted that the DECIDE trial could generate data that warrants accelerated approval of DPX-Survivac, given it has orphan designation and fast-track status. Accordingly, it could be the first immunotherapeutic approved as a monotherapy for ovarian cancer.
The analyst indicated that "with confirmatory Phase 2 data in hand, the company plans to request a follow-up meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the coming months and to immediately initiate a Phase 3 program."
H.C. Wainwright has a Buy rating and a CA$11.50 per share price target on IMV, whose stock is trading now at around CA$5.35 per share.[NLINSERT]
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