GenVec researchers presented a poster entitled, "Selective delivery of tumor necrosis factor to disseminated tumors in the peritoneal cavity using targeted adenovirus vectors," (Abstract #3310) which confirmed the ability of its molecularly targeted adenovectors to selectively deliver genes to cancer cells in the peritoneal cavity in several animal models. These data demonstrated the ability of targeted vectors to penetrate tumor tissue and trigger protein expression in a dose dependent manner. This pre-clinical research suggests that tumor selective adenovectors can preferentially deliver the TNF-(alpha) gene, and holds promise as a treatment for ovarian cancer.
The mechanism of action of TNF(alpha) was the subject of a second poster presentation entitled, "The anti-tumor effects of radio-inducible TNF-alpha gene therapy target host stromal components," (Abstract #1382). In studies conducted at the University of Chicago, TNF-(alpha) delivered in an adenovector, in combination with radiation therapy, showed key effects on stromal tissues and blood vessels, both of which are critical components of human solid tumors. These results support the potential of broad activity in many tumor types.
"These results demonstrate two key findings, a potentially important mechanism of action of TNF(alpha), and the ability of adenovectors to selectively deliver the TNF(alpha) gene to cancer cells," stated C. Richter King, Ph.D., GenVec's Senior Vice President of Research. "These findings support the broad applicability of our core technology for use in the treatment of cancer," added Dr. King.
GenVec, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company developing novel gene-based therapeutic drugs and vaccines. Each of the Company's product candidates uses patent-protected technology to deliver genes that produce beneficial proteins. GenVec's lead product, TNFerade(TM) is currently in a pivotal Phase II/III study (PACT) in locally advanced pancreatic cancer; Phase II studies are in progress in rectal cancer and melanoma; and Phase I/II studies are in progress in head and neck cancer. GenVec also uses its proprietary adenovector technology to develop vaccines for infectious diseases including HIV, malaria, foot-and-mouth disease, and seasonal and pandemic flu. Additional information about GenVec is available at www.genvec.com and in the Company's various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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