Berlin, Germany – NOXXON Pharma N.V. (EuroNext Growth Paris: ALNOX), a biotechnology company focused on improving cancer treatments by targeting the tumor microenvironment (TME), hosted a Key Opinion Leader (KOL) event with Frank A. Giordano, M.D. on November 23, 2021, to discuss the combination of NOX-A12 and radiotherapy in brain cancer (glioblastoma, GBM). Dr. Giordano is Director and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Bonn, Germany, and lead investigator of the ongoing NOX-A12 Phase 1/2 study GLORIA in glioblastoma.
“I have been involved in research and treatment of glioblastoma for many years, and we’ve not seen major changes in the management of this terrible disease for almost two decades. Although the development of an effective treatment for glioblastoma has proved extremely challenging, the data from the GLORIA study are very promising and, if confirmed in a pivotal clinical study, could be transformational for patients affected by this devastating disease,” commented Dr. Frank Giordano.
“Dr. Giordano is a research pioneer and expert in precision radiation therapy and intraoperative irradiation of malignant tumors. He has brought together an exceptional team around the GLORIA study which was evident from the data presentation at SNO. His leadership of the trial will ensure that all the insights we can derive will be put to use in future trials of NOX-A12,” commented Aram Mangasarian, CEO of NOXXON.
Glioblastoma is a devastating disease affecting 23,000 new patient each year in the US and Europe. The median overall survival for this patient population is only 14 months, and even lower in the MGMT unmethylated (chemotherapy refractory) patient subpopulation. The KOL webinar highlighted data from the Phase 1/2 GLORIA study presented at the Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO) Annual Meeting, where tumor shrinkage for patients in the study was significantly stronger compared to those of a historic matched cohort that received standard of care. Eight of 9 MGMT unmethylated glioblastoma patients (89%) receiving NOX-A12 demonstrated tumor size reductions, while only 1 of 13 patients from a matched cohort (8%) showed any tumor shrinkage.
NOXXON’s oncology-focused pipeline acts on the tumor microenvironment (TME) and the cancer immunity cycle by breaking the tumor protection barrier and blocking tumor repair. By neutralizing chemokines in the TME, NOXXON’s approach works in combination with other forms of treatment to weaken tumor defenses against the immune system and enable greater therapeutic impact. NOXXON’s lead program NOX-A12 has delivered final top-line data from a Keytruda® combination trial in metastatic colorectal and pancreatic cancer patients published at the ESMO conference in September 2020 and in July 2021 the company announced its Phase 2 study, OPTIMUS, to further evaluate safety and efficacy of NOX-A12 in combination with Merck’s Keytruda® and two different chemotherapy regimens as second-line therapy in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. NOXXON is also studying NOX-A12 in brain cancer in combination with radiotherapy which has been granted orphan drug status in the US and EU for the treatment of certain brain cancers. GLORIA, a trial of NOX-A12 in combination with radiotherapy in newly diagnosed brain cancer patients who will not benefit clinically from standard chemotherapy has delivered interim data from the first two cohorts showing consistent tumor reductions and objective tumor responses. The company’s second clinical-stage asset NOX-E36 is a Phase 2 TME asset targeting the innate immune system. NOXXON plans to test NOX E36 in patients with solid tumors. Further information can be found at: www.noxxon.com.
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About the GLORIA Study
GLORIA (NCT04121455) is NOXXON’s dose-escalation, phase 1/2 study of NOX-A12 in combination with irradiation in first-line glioblastoma (brain cancer) patients with unmethylated MGMT promoter (resistant to standard chemotherapy).
About the OPTIMUS Study
OPTIMUS (NCT04901741) is NOXXON’s open-label two-arm phase 2 study of NOX-A12 combined with pembrolizumab and nanoliposomal irinotecan/5-FU/leucovorin or gemcitabine/nab-paclitaxel in microsatellite-stable metastatic pancreatic cancer patients.
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