Northwest Bio Provides Update On Dcvax®-L Brain Cancer Trial
Amendment Accepted By FDA, Enhancing and Upgrading the Trial 41 US Clinical Trial Sites Now In Operation
Online, May 18, 2012 (Newswire.com) - Northwest Biotherapeutics (OTC.BB: NWBO) (NW Bio) announced today that it now has 41 clinical trial sites open and recruiting across the United States in its ongoing clinical trial of DCVax®-L immune therapy for Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most lethal form of brain cancer. This is ahead of the Company's previous projection of 40 sites by the end of Q2, 2012. The Company plans to continue adding clinical trial sites in the US and Europe, and expects to have at least 60 sites open and enrolling by the end of Q3, 2012.
The Company also announced that the FDA has accepted an amendment of the clinical trial, which does not make any change in the treatment regimen, which leaves all data collected to date intact for use in the trial's overall results, and which includes the following:
-Designation as a Phase III trial
-Expanded and enhanced statistical endpoint analyses
-Addition of another cohort of patients which can potentially expand the application of DCVax®-L, and which increases the trial to up to 300 patients
-Addition of interim analyses for efficacy
A description of the trial protocol as amended will be available at www.clinicaltrials.gov.
Linda Powers, CEO of Northwest Bio, commented, "Of course, the evolution of this trial to a Phase III trial is no assurance of the outcome, and more than one Phase III trial can often be required for a product approval unless the clinical results are particularly strong. However, we are pleased to make this transition to Phase III, and believe that the package of amendments further enhances an already strong trial, positioning the Company to realize the potential of the DCVax® technology."
Ms. Powers added, "We are excited about the operational progress we have made on multiple fronts, through long periods of work building to these points, as described in our recent announcements. Our lead clinical trial has grown and emerged as a 300-patient, international Phase III trial involving some of the best institutions in the US, UK and Germany. We are also working on several other initiatives, and will provide reports when milestones are reached in those programs."
For further information about the Company and its programs, please visit the Company's website at www.nwbio.com.
About Northwest Biotherapeutics
Northwest Biotherapeutics is a biotechnology company focused on developing immunotherapy products to treat cancers more effectively than current treatments, without toxicities of the kind associated with chemotherapies, and on a cost-effective basis, in both the United States and Europe. The Company has a broad platform technology for DCVax® dendritic cell-based vaccines. The Company's lead clinical trial is a Phase III trial, with up to 300 patients with newly diagnosed GBM for whom surgery is indicated. GBM is the most aggressive and lethal brain cancer. The Company also previously received clearance from the FDA for a 612-patient Phase III trial in prostate cancer, and clearance from the FDA for Phase I/II trials in multiple other cancers. The Company has also conducted a Phase I/II trial with DCVax® for metastatic ovarian cancer.
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