FDA agreed that the ongoing single-arm Phase 2 innovaTIL-04 study may be sufficient to support registration of LN-145 in advanced cervical cancer
SAN CARLOS, Calif., July 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: IOVA), a late-stage biotechnology company developing novel cancer immunotherapies based on tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) technology, today provided an update on the regulatory path for LN-145 in advanced cervical cancer. Based on an End of Phase 2 meeting held with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FDA has acknowledged that the ongoing innovaTIL-04 study of TIL therapy LN-145 may be sufficient to support registration in the treatment of patients with advanced cervical cancer. The study is being enrolled with a prospective definition of objective response rate (ORR) read out by a Blinded Independent Review Committee (BIRC) as the primary endpoint. In accordance with the FDA’s recommendation, the new version of the protocol will further define the patient population. Iovance plans to include in the Biologics License Application (BLA), patients who have progressed following initial systemic therapy for recurrent or metastatic disease, which constitutes almost all of the more advanced patients enrolled to date. In addition, the company announced that the innovaTIL-04 study is expected to enroll a total of 75 to 100 patients in order to support a BLA submission.
“The FDA’s agreement to consider acceptability of the ongoing study in patients with cervical cancer significantly accelerates our path to BLA submission for LN-145,” said Maria Fardis, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Iovance Biotherapeutics. “This feedback is encouraging. The ability to use the current study, as well as the Breakthrough Therapy designation recently granted to LN-145, allows us to plan on a path to BLA submission in the second half of 2020.”
About Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc.
Iovance Biotherapeutics intends to commercialize autologous cell therapy products that amplify the body’s own immune response to eradicate solid tumors or attack blood cancers. The company is currently conducting the pivotal study innovaTIL-01 in patients with metastatic melanoma. In addition, the company’s tumor infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapies are being investigated for the treatment of patients with locally advanced, recurrent or metastatic cancers including cervical, head and neck, and non-small cell lung cancer. For more information, please visit www.iovance.com.
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