Patients with a lethal form of brain cancer lived nearly twice as long as expected after receiving Agenus' ($AGEN) Prophage vaccine in a Phase II study, according to the company.
With the expected launch of Northwest Biotherapeutics' dendritic cell-based therapeutic vaccine DCVax-L, the glioblastoma multiforme drug market is expected to grow rapidly, from $305 million in 2012 to $583 million in 2019, according to market research.
Shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals took a hit Tuesday on rumors that CEO Joseph Kim was "walking back expectations" for a Phase II study of DNA vaccine candidate VGX-3100 in women with cervical precancerous lesions.
Things haven't been pretty for Dendreon since its highly anticipated cancer vaccine Provenge stumbled out of the gate. Now that disappointing sales, increased competition and cost-control struggles have taken their toll, the Seattle-based company is up against a mountain of debt. But CEO John Johnson won't be around to help right the company's course.
Back in April, Amgen's cancer-fighting viral vaccine stumbled in Phase III, missing on overall survival, a secondary endpoint. But that won't stop the California company from seeking regulatory approval, it announced early this week.
The cancer vaccine field has seen its share of late-stage disappointments and outright flops, but a number of hopefuls are lining up to present new research backing their experimental shots at this year's upcoming American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Some insurance companies have put up roadblocks, labeling the vaccine--which can cost up to $500 for three doses--"experimental" for boys.
Researchers have for the first time established human immune responses to a bacterium responsible for stomach cancer, marking a major step toward a vaccine against the pathogen.
Merck KGaA has breathed some life back into its lung cancer vaccine, which many wrote off after it tanked in a Phase III trial in late 2012. After vowing to make a renewed effort to find some value in the jab last September, this week the company announced the start of a new Phase III study.
Amgen's cancer-fighting viral vaccine has been rolling through Phase III, producing a series of positive results. But after missing a secondary endpoint in overall survival, the California-based biotech's hot prospect now has a big blot on its resume.