Advaxis Included Among “25 Top Immunotherapy Companies” in Newly Launched Loncar Cancer Immunotherapy Index (LCINDX)
PRINCETON, N.J., April 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Advaxis, Inc. (ADXS), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing cancer immunotherapies, announced today that its stock has been added to the Loncar Cancer Immunotherapy Index (LCINDX). Based on current allocations and current share prices, Advaxis is the most heavily weighted stock in LCINDX.
The Loncar Cancer Immunotherapy Index (LCINDX), produced by Loncar Investments, LLC, is the first professional index to track the transformational immunotherapy field within the biotechnology space. LCINDX seeks to track the performance of a basket of companies that develops therapies to treat cancer by harnessing the body’s own immune system. The index will provide a metric to follow its progress as researchers advance new technologies for the benefit of patients who fight cancer disease. LCINDX is an index containing both large pharmaceutical and growth-oriented biotechnology companies that are leading in immunotherapy.
LCINDX is a professional index of 25 top immunotherapy companies rebalanced and reconstituted on a semi-annual basis. Of the 25 holdings, six are large pharma companies and 19 are growth biotech companies. Price and return data are independently calculated on a daily basis by Indxx, LLC. Quotes for the symbol “LCINDX” can be found on the Bloomberg Professional service, www.LoncarIndex.com, and other financial data providers.
Gregory T. Mayes, Executive Vice President & COO of Advaxis, commented, “We are very pleased that Advaxis has been included in the inaugural Loncar Cancer Immunotherapy Index as it should serve to bring even greater investor interest to our company and the broader immunotherapy industry.”
About Advaxis, Inc.
Advaxis is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing multiple cancer immunotherapies based on its proprietary Lm-LLO platform technology. The Lm-LLO technology, using bioengineered live attenuated Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, is the only known cancer immunotherapy agent shown in preclinical studies to both generate cancer fighting T-cells directed against a cancer antigen and neutralize Tregs and myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), that protect the tumor microenvironment from immunologic attack and contribute to tumor growth. Advaxis’s lead Lm-LLO immunotherapy, ADXS-HPV, targets human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers and is in clinical trials for three indications: Phase 2 in invasive cervical cancer, Phase 1/2 in head and neck cancer, and Phase 1/2 in anal cancer. The FDA has granted Advaxis orphan drug designation for each of these three indications. The Company plans to initiate a registrational clinical program for cervical cancer in 2015 and has established licensing partners in India and Asia for commercialization in those regions. Advaxis entered into a clinical trial collaboration with MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, for a Phase 1/2 immunotherapy study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of MedImmune’s investigational anti-PD-L1 immune checkpoint inhibitor, MEDI4736, in combination with Advaxis’s ADXS-HPV as a treatment for patients with advanced, recurrent or refractory HPV-associated cervical cancer and HPV-associated head and neck cancer.
Advaxis’s second Lm-LLO immunotherapy candidate in clinical testing will be ADXS-PSA, which is being developed to address prostate cancer. Advaxis entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement with Merck & Co., Inc. (“Merck”), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, through its subsidiaries, to evaluate the combination of Advaxis’s Lm-LLO cancer immunotherapy, ADXS-PSA, with Merck’s PD-1 checkpoint inhibitor KEYTRUDA(R) (pembrolizumab). The ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of ADXS-PSA as monotherapy and in combination with pembrolizumab in a study of patients with previously treated metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer.
Advaxis is also developing Lm-LLO immunotherapy ADXS-HER2, to target the HER2 receptor expressing cancers. HER2 is expressed in certain solid-tumor cancers, including pediatric bone cancer (or osteosarcoma), breast cancer, esophageal, and gastric cancer. ADXS-HER2 has received orphan drug designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of osteosarcoma. Advaxis is developing ADXS-HER2 for both human and animal-health, and has seen encouraging data in canine osteosarcoma, which is considered a model for human osteosarcoma. Advaxis has licensed ADXS-HER2 and three other immunotherapy constructs to Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. for pet therapeutics.
For more information about our cancer immunotherapies please visit www.advaxis.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: statements regarding Advaxis’s ability to develop the next generation of cancer immunotherapies; and the safety and efficacy of Advaxis’s proprietary immunotherapy, ADXS-HPV. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, including the risk factors set forth from time to time in Advaxis’s SEC filings, including but not limited to its report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2014, which is available at http://www.sec.gov. Advaxis undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revision to these forward-looking statements, which may be made to reflect the events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements.
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- Health Care Industry
- Cancer Immunotherapy
- cervical cancer
- prostate cancer