NewLink Genetics Announces Initial Phase 1 Data with Indoximod Plus Radiation and Chemotherapy for Pediatric Patients with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Presented During AACR Plenary
The presentation reviewed NewLink Genetics’ trial evaluating the combination of indoximod with radiotherapy and chemotherapy for children with malignant brain tumors. Indoximod has immunostimulatory effects involving multiple immune cell types. Indoximod works by reversing the effects of low tryptophan by increasing proliferation of effector T cells, and directly reprogramming T regulatory cells into helper T cells. Initially, 29 heavily pretreated patients were enrolled in a dose-escalation protocol with initial data presented at the
“These early data, though from a small cohort of pediatric patients, demonstrate the potential of the indoximod plus radiochemotherapy combination without an increase in toxicity for these children,” said Dr.
Once initial safety data were generated, an additional pilot cohort of newly-diagnosed patients with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) was opened using indoximod during front-line radiotherapy (RT) followed by maintenance indoximod plus temozolomide. Six newly diagnosed DIPG patients initiated treatment, with all 6 having completed induction radioimmunotherapy. Treatment was well tolerated with symptomatic improvement in all 6 patients. Site-reported radiographic review indicated near resolution of tumor in one patient at the end of radiotherapy and observable improvement in 5 out of 6 patients overall. A seventh patient with progressive DIPG received re-RT combined with indoximod, which was well tolerated with symptomatic improvement and objective tumor reduction per site-reported assessment on post-RT MRI.
“These initial findings further support the potential for indoximod in combination with other agents,” said
NewLink will also present during poster session PO.IM02.07, Immunomodulatory Agents and Interventions 1, Abstract 3753, entitled: Indoximod modulates AhR-driven transcription of genes that control immune function, from
Separately, the Company has determined that it will not initiate the randomization portion of Indigo301, its study of indoximod in combination with pembrolizumab or nivolumab for patients with advanced melanoma. NewLink’s clinical team will evaluate the design, trial size and feasibility of an alternative randomized evaluation of indoximod in melanoma in the context of the failure of a competitor’s trial of its enzymatic IDO inhibitor in a similar clinical setting. The evaluation will include analysis of the full data set from the Company’s single-arm Phase 2 melanoma study, the differentiated mechanism of action of indoximod, and the opinions of experts in the field. The Company will present final results from its Phase 2 trial in melanoma and its single-arm Phase 2 trial in pancreatic cancer at an upcoming medical conference in the first half of 2018.
Indoximod is an investigational, orally available small molecule targeting the IDO pathway. The IDO pathway is a key immuno-oncology target involved in regulating the tumor microenvironment and immune escape. Indoximod is being evaluated in combination with treatment regimens including anti-PD-1/PD-L1 agents, cancer vaccines, radiation and chemotherapy across multiple indications such as melanoma, pancreatic cancer and other malignancies.
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