- HspE7 Demonstrates Ability to Elicit Long-Lasting Tumor Protection In
Vivo; Lead Candidate May Have Utility in HPV-infected Patients With
Invasive Cancer and/or HIV -
SAN DIEGO, CA, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Nventa Biopharmaceuticals Corporation (TSX:NVN) today announced the publication of in vivo results of its lead therapeutic vaccine candidate for the treatment of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related diseases, HspE7, in Clinical and Vaccine Immunology, August 2007. The results reported originate from a study undertaken to characterize the cellular anti-E7 immune response induced by HspE7 and to determine the optimum dosing regimen for inducing effective antitumor immunity.
These published study results demonstrated that a single injection of HspE7 is capable of eliciting long-lasting memory CD8+ T cells and conferring protection against tumor challenges in mice lacking CD4+ functions. CD8+ T cells are a type of white blood cell capable of inducing the death of infected somatic or tumor cells by killing cells infected with viruses (or other pathogens) or otherwise damaged or dysfunctional. These data further demonstrated that two HspE7 immunizations protected a higher proportion of mice for a longer duration.
"These results further strengthen our belief that HspE7 is a promising immunotherapeutic agent for treating HPV-related diseases," said Peter Emtage, Ph.D., Vice President, Research and Development at Nventa. "The ability of HspE7 to induce memory CD8+ T cells in the absence of CD4+ help is significant and suggests that our HspE7 fusion protein may have utility in individuals with compromised CD4+ functions, such as those with invasive cancer and/or human immunodeficiency virus infection."
HPV has been detected in most anogenital cancers, and HPV type 16 (HPV16) is closely associated with severe cervical dysplasia and with cervical, anal and approximately 25 percent of head and neck cancers. Evidence indicates that proper immunosurveillance can impede the development of HPV-associated tumors and that T-cell immunity is important in the resolution and control of HPV-induced diseases.
About HspE7, Lead Product Candidate:
HspE7 is a novel therapeutic vaccine candidate for the treatment of diseases caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world. HspE7 is derived from Nventa's proprietary CoVal(TM) fusion platform, which uses recombinant DNA technology to covalently fuse stress proteins to target antigens, thereby stimulating cellular immune system responses. Heat shock proteins (Hsps), also known as stress proteins, are naturally present in the human body and play important roles in the immune system, including transporting substances within cells and activating cells of the immune system. Nventa is pursuing clinical development of new HspE7 (HspE7 dosed with an adjuvant).
About Nventa Corporation:
Nventa is developing innovative therapeutics for the treatment of viral infections and cancer, with a focus on diseases caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The corporation is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NVN. For more information about Nventa, please visit http://www.nventacorp.com.
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Forward-looking statements or information in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements or information concerning: our HspE7 fusion protein's potential utility in individuals with compromised CD4+ functions.
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Assumptions underlying our expectations regarding forward-looking statements or information contained in this press release include, among others, that we will raise enough capital, on reasonable terms and in a timely manner; that we will retain our key personnel; that we will obtain the necessary regulatory approvals related to HspE7 and our adjuvant in a timely manner; that enough HspE7 will be available to conduct our planned trials; that we will be able to procure the necessary amount of adjuvant to conduct our planned trials; that we will obtain timely approval from IRB; that the results from additional preclinical and clinical work, if any, will be consistent with the results we have already obtained; that a sufficient number of patients will be available to conduct our planned trials; and that sufficient data will be generated to support an IND.
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