Faron Pharma. Oy - MATINS trial data presented at ESMO
Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd
("Faron" or the "Company")
Data from completed Part I of bexmarilimab MATINS trial presented at ESMO Virtual Congress 2020
The ongoing phase I/II MATINS clinical trial is investigating the tolerability, safety and efficacy of bexmarilimab, Faron's wholly-owned novel precision cancer immunotherapy targeting Clever-1 positive tumour associated macrophages (TAM) in selected metastatic or inoperable solid tumours. During the on-demand mini oral session,
· Key pharmacokinetics (PK) and Clever-1 receptor occupancy data showing that exposure to bexmarilimab in the trial was more than dose proportional, that full (transient) Clever-1 receptor occupancy was achieved and, despite its relatively fast clearance from circulation, sustained pharmacodynamic effects by bexmarilimab were observed.
· Very good tolerability across all dosing levels with no observed dose limiting toxicity.
· Th1-weighted immune activation in all subjects measured following treatment with bexmarilimab. The patients also increased circulating CD8+ T cells and CD8+/CD4+ ratio, decreased regulatory T-cells (T-regs) or had a substantial increase in natural killer cells in the blood, all of which are considered as strong signs of this desired immune activation.
· Promising clinical anti-tumour activity including, 1) a long-lasting partial response of a heavily pre-treated microsatellite stable metastatic colorectal cancer patient who had previously been treated with six different anti-cancer drugs, which had all failed, 2) target lesion responses in heavily pre-treated melanoma and ovarian cancer patients.
· Conversion of immunologically non-inflamed (cold) tumours into inflamed (hot) tumours in patients traditionally not responsive to currently available checkpoint inhibitors.
Commenting on the presented data,
Title: A phase I/II MATINS trial: Part 1 pharmacokinetic, safety and efficacy results of Clever-1 blockade in advanced cancer
Presentation number: 1024MO
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About Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Faron (AIM: FARN, First North: FARON) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for medical conditions with significant unmet needs. The Company currently has a pipeline based on the receptors involved in regulation of immune response in oncology and organ damage. Clevegen, its precision immunotherapy, is a novel anti-Clever-1 antibody with the ability to switch immune suppression to immune activation in various conditions, with potential across oncology, infectious disease and vaccine development. Currently in phase I/II clinical development as a novel macrophage checkpoint immunotherapy for patients with untreatable solid tumours, Clevegen has potential as a single-agent therapy or in combination with other standard treatments including immune checkpoint molecules. Traumakine, the Company's pipeline candidate to prevent vascular leakage and organ failures, has completed a phase III clinical trial in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). Plans for its future development are being finalised to avoid interfering steroid use together with Traumakine. Faron is based in
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A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results and expectations discussed in the forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. In particular, the early data from initial patients in the MATINS trial may not be replicated in larger patient numbers and the outcome of clinical trials may not be favourable or clinical trials over and above those currently planned may be required before the Company is able to apply for marketing approval for a product. In addition, other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially include the ability of the Company to successfully licence its programmes within the anticipated timeframe or at all, risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions, competition, environmental and other regulatory changes, actions by governmental authorities, the availability of capital markets or other sources of funding, reliance on key personnel, uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions, the Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward looking statements. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward looking statements. Subject to any continuing obligations under applicable law or any relevant AIM Rule requirements, in providing this information the Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any of the forward-looking statements or to advise of any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.
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