Nektar Therapeutics Presents New Clinical Data from Ongoing Phase 1 Dose-Escalation Study of NKTR-214 at the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer SITC 2016 Annual Meeting
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Cancer Vaccine Week -- Nektar Therapeutics (Nasdaq: NKTR) announced that new Phase 1 clinical data for Nektar's lead immuno-oncology agent, NKTR-214, were presented at the SITC 2016 Annual Meeting. NKTR-214 is an investigational immuno-stimulatory therapy designed to expand specific cancer-fighting T cells and Natural Killer (NK) cell abundance directly in the tumor micro-environment and increase expression of PD-1 on these immune cells. The results were presented by Adi Diab, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in an oral presentation during today's session entitled "New Cancer Immunotherapy Agents in Development."
Interim results presented were from the ongoing Phase 1 dose-escalation, first-in-human, trial of single-agent NKTR-214 in patients with locally advanced or metastatic solid tumors, including melanoma, renal cell carcinoma (RCC), bladder, colorectal and other solid tumor cancers. A total of 20 patients were treated in four separate every three-week (q3w) dose cohorts (ranging from 0.003 mg/kg q3w to 0.012 mg/kg q3w) with 18 of these patients evaluable for anti-tumor activity. Based upon encouraging anti-tumor activity and tolerability of NKTR-214 observed at the 0.006 mg/kg q3w dose, an every two week (q2w) cohort of the 0.006 mg/kg dose began enrolling in September 2016 with an additional 5 patients enrolled to this cohort, all of which are continuing on therapy (see also Nektar Therapeutics).
"NKTR-214 resulted in robust activation of the immune system and encouraging anti-tumor activity, including a partial response observed in a patient who continues to be treated with NKTR-214," said Dr. Ivan Gergel, Senior Vice President, Drug Development & Chief Medical Officer of Nektar. "NKTR-214 was also well tolerated in patients when administered as an every two-week or every three-week outpatient therapy. We are very encouraged by the clinical profile emerging for NKTR-214 and the totality of the data from this ongoing single-agent trial of NKTR-214."
Keywords for this news article include: Oncology, Immunotherapy, Cancer Therapy, Clinical Research, Drugs and Therapies, Nektar Therapeutics, Clinical Trials and Studies.
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