In Phase II clinical trials Multikine was shown to be safe and well-tolerated, and to improve the patients' overall survival by 33% at a median of three and a half years following surgery. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the go-ahead for a Phase III clinical trial with Multikine in January 2007 and granted orphan drug status to Multikine in the neoadjuvant therapy of squamous cell carcinoma (cancer) of the head and neck in May 2007.
CEL-SCI is currently building a manufacturing facility for Multikine close to Baltimore, MD. Upon completion of the facility in the 3rd quarter of 2008, CEL-SCI will commence the Phase III clinical trial. Multikine appears to be the first non-toxic cancer drug.
Multikine, a patented defined mixture of naturally derived cytokines, is the first immunotherapeutic agent in a new class of drugs called "Immune SIMULATORS". Immune SIMULATORS simulate the way our natural immune system acts in defending us against cancer. As opposed to other immunotherapies which are designed to target a single or limited number of specific antigens or molecules, Immune SIMULATORS are multi-targeted; they simultaneously cause a direct and targeted killing of the specific tumor cells and they activate the immune system to produce a stronger anti-tumor attack on multiple fronts.
Multikine is also the first immunotherapeutic agent being developed as
a first-line standard of care treatment for cancer. It is administered
prior to any other cancer therapy because that is the period when the
anti-tumor immune response can still be fully activated. Once the patient
has advanced disease, or had surgery or has received radiation and/or
chemotherapy, the immune system is severely weakened and is less able to
mount an effective anti-tumor immune response. Other immunotherapies are
administered after the patient has received chemotherapy and/or radiation
therapy, which can limit th
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