Amgen's cancer vaccine candidate may be awaiting FDA and EMA approval as a melanoma monotherapy, but like many of its peers, it's also looking to explore its prospect's potential as part of an immunotherapy duo, and now it's kicked off a trial combining its treatment with Merck's anti-PD-1 therapy that should help it do just that.
In the troubled cancer vaccine field, where experimental jabs seem to be dropping like flies, a breast cancer vaccine developed at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has shown promising results in an early clinical trial.
In a Phase II trial, Celldex Therapeutics' cancer vaccine rindopepimut, or Rintega, helped recurrent glioblastoma patients who took it with Roche's Avastin survive a median of 3.2 months longer than patients who took Avastin alone.
Ever since Dendreon's lackluster Provenge launch, the Washington-based biotech's failures have cast a pall over the troubled cancer vaccine field. And the company's bankruptcy won't help with that.
The SEC is investigating whether officials at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services tipped off a policy research group about the agency's review of Dendreon's cancer vaccine, Provenge, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Cancer vaccine developers have seen their fair share of disappointments, and failures have spurred some companies to test their treatments in smaller patient subpopulations. Now, researchers are narrowing their focus even further as they gear up to trial personalized cancer vaccines.
Back in May, Johnson & Johnson's Janssen and California-based Aduro Biotech inked a $365 million deal centered on the former's vaccine technology as a treatment for prostate cancer. But J&J is convinced Aduro's platform has the potential to bolster its oncology pipeline in other areas, too.
When John Vansteenkiste of Belgium University Hospitals Leuven reported the full results of GlaxoSmithKline's MAGE-A3 failure at the European Society of Medical Oncology's annual congress last weekend, he wasn't the first to outline a cancer vaccine flop. But he did offer a way out from under the dark cloud hanging over the field, and it's one that some cancer vaccine makers are already embracing.
CureVac has made its second notable deal with Big Pharma this year, this time partnering with Boehringer Ingelheim to offer its investigational lung cancer vaccine in a $45 million deal with potential milestone payments of up to $556 million.
Asterias Biotherapeutics, a subsidiary of California-based BioTime, is teaming up with nonprofit Cancer Research UK to trial an immunotherapy vaccine to treat patients with non-small cell lung cancer.