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ImmuneOncia ends P1 clinical trials for solid cancer treatment

Lee Han-soo  Published 2019.03.12  17:46  Updated 2019.03.12 18:11

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ImmuneOncia Therapeutics, a subsidiary of Yuhan Corp., said Tuesday that it has completed phase 1 clinical trial for IMC-001, a third generation immunological anti-cancer drug, in Korea.

IMC-001 is an immune anticancer drug that targets programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1), a protein that resides on the surface of cancer cells. It is a third-generation anticancer drug that treats cancer by using immune cells in the human body to attack cancer cells.

It is the first time a Korean company received clinical approval for a PD-L1 drug candidate from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.

ImmuneOncia conducted the phase 1 clinical trials at Seoul National University Hospital and Samsung Medical Center for patients with metastatic and local advanced solid tumors. The company also decided to do the phase 2 dose earlier than initially planned, and observed no capacity-limiting adverse events in all dose groups tested.

ImmuneOncia plans to present the details of the trial at a conference later.

The company, a joint venture established in 2016 between Yuhan and the U.S. pharmaceutical firm Sorrento Therapeutics, aims to develop and commercialize immune-checkpoint monoclonal antibodies to treat blood cancer and solid cancer. It is promoting clinical development with the aim of making IMC-001 as the first-to-market treatment for rare types of cancer.

“Based on the results of Phase I clinical trials, we have confirmed the efficacy of IMC-001 as a treatment for rare cancer,” ImmuneOncia CEO Song Yun-jeong said. “We plan to conduct phase II clinical trials in the middle of this year.”

The company plans to research and develop IMC-001 and other new drug candidates in cooperation with various organizations this year, Song added.

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