In an April 4 research note, H.C. Wainwright & Co. analyst Ram Selvaraju reported that Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s (INO:NASDAQ) immunotherapeutic agent, INO-3106, showed efficacy against the human papilloma virus (HPV) type 6 in the pilot study of two patients with recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP), a rare disease that causes noncancerous tumor growth.
Whereas before the study the two patients required surgery every six months to remove the tumors, after receiving the fourth and final INO-3106 dose, they have not needed surgical intervention, one for as long as two years, one for more than a year.
"The positive data enable the company to expand its pipeline of candidates targeting HPV-related diseases, including VGX-3100 for cervical dysplasia and MEDI0457 for head and neck cancer, and represents a step forward toward the company's goal of treating all HPV-related precancers and cancers," Selvaraju commented.
Inovio intends to advance INO-3106 for the treatment of RRP in the pediatric and adult populations.
In other news, enrollment in Inovio's Phase 3 REVEAL 1 study of VGX-3100 for the treatment of cervical dysplasia is nearly done. Later this year, interim results are expected for the two Phase 2 trials evaluating this same immunotherapy in HPV-related vulvar and anal dysplasia in the U.S.
Also expected this year are data from Medimmune on MEDI0457 (previously INO-3112)in metastatic HPV-associated head-and-neck squamous cell cancer.
H.C. Wainwright & Co. has a Buy rating and a $13 per share target price on Inovio, whose stock is currently trading at around $4.02 per share.[NLINSERT]
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