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Genocea Reports Positive Initial Phase 1/2a Results for GEN-003, its Pioneering Therapeutic Vaccine Candidate for the Treatment of Herpes Simplex Virus-2 (HSV-2), at ICAAC 2013
Date:9/12/2013

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Genocea Biosciences Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing T cell vaccines to prevent and treat infectious diseases, reported today positive results from a planned analysis of a Phase 1/2a clinical study of its lead candidate, GEN-003, a first-in-class investigational protein subunit vaccine to treat patients with recurrent outbreaks of genital herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) infection. The data, presented at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC 2013), show that patients who received three doses of GEN-003 had reductions in the frequency of viral shedding of up to 51 percent (p<0.001). By contrast, those who received a placebo had no decline in viral shedding. T cell immune responses, believed to be important for the control of HSV-2 infection, increased more than twentyfold to one vaccine antigen (ICP4) and more than tenfold to the other (gD2). In addition, GEN-003 increased neutralizing antibodies to the HSV-2 virus fivefold, on average, compared to baseline values. GEN-003 was well tolerated overall.

Results from an exploratory analysis also suggest that the interval between the first immunization and the next recurrence of genital herpes may be prolonged in patients who received GEN-003 compared to those who received placebo, though this first-in-human clinical trial was not designed to test whether GEN-003 improves symptoms or reduces the frequency of recurrent disease.

"These are the first data that provide compelling evidence that a vaccine administered to people with genital herpes can affect their infection. We are excited that GEN-003 reduced viral shedding as this finding paves the way for future trials that will measure the impact on clinical outbreaks," said Anna Wald, MD, MPH, Principal Investigator of the study and Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Laborat
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