Genexine has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval to conduct a phase 2 clinical trial of a combination treatment of GX-I7, an immunotherapeutic drug candidate, and Bristol Myers Squibb’s Opdivo, to treat various cancers.
|Genexine has won the FDA approval to conduct a phase 2 clinical trial of the combined therapy of its GX-I7 and Bristol Myers Squibb’s Opdivo to treat metastatic gastric and gastro-esophageal junctional cancer, and esophageal adenocarcinoma. (Genexine)|
During the trial, the company plans to use the combination therapy in treating metastatic gastric and gastro-esophageal junctional cancer, and esophageal adenocarcinoma, Genexine said in a press release Wednesday.
“We expect a good synergy between GX-I7, which enhances T cells, and Opdivo, which reactivates T cells that have lost activity,” the company said.
With the addition of the new trial, Genexine is now conducting several studies to demonstrate the efficacy of GX-I7 as immunotherapy.
Trials conducted by the company include a phase 2 clinical trial of glioblastoma with I-MAB, a combination phase 1b and 2 clinical trials of high-risk skin cancer with Roche’s Tecentriq, and a combination phase 1b and 2 clinical trials of triple-negative breast cancer with MSD’s Keytruda.
“Just as GX-I7 has shown therapeutic effects in combination with Keytruda in end-stage breast cancer patients, the company expects that the combination therapy with Opdivo will be a new treatment option in patients with metastatic gastric cancer and esophageal cancer,” Genexine CEO Sung Young-chul said.