NEW YORK, March 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Indaptus Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: INDP, “Indaptus” or “the Company”), a biotechnology company focused on discovering and developing transformative therapeutics for patients, today announces that Atlanta, Ga.-based Emory Winship Cancer Institute (“Emory”) has become a new clinical trial site for INDP-D101. INDP-D101 is the Company’s first-in-human, open label, dose escalation and expansion, multicenter Phase 1 clinical trial of its lead compound Decoy20 in patients with advanced/metastatic solid tumors. Emory has begun screening patients.
“Emory joining the INDP-D101 trial is both validation of the scientific concepts behind Decoy20 in early testing, as well as acknowledgement of the remaining unmet medical need, and the need for additional hope for patients with advanced solid tumors. Emory is a well renowned center, and we are grateful to include it among the other influential centers we have activated thus far. We hope to continue the pace at which we are activating trial sites in order to more rapidly advance the trial toward initial data points, which, in turn will continue to facilitate the development of what we believe is a potentially important innovation in the treatment of solid tumors,” said Jeffrey Meckler, Indaptus Therapeutics’ CEO. “We look forward to collaborating closely with the investigators at Emory, and all of clinical trial sites, which we hope to be opening in succession in the coming weeks.”
The study’s objectives are to assess the safety and tolerability of Decoy20, to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and recommended phase 2 dose (RP2D), as well as to assess Decoy20 pharmacokinetics (PK), pharmacodynamics and clinical activity.
The Phase 1 study was initiated with a single dose escalation, which is planned to be followed by an expansion with continuous weekly administration of Decoy20. The study is enrolling patients with advanced/metastatic solid tumors, who have exhausted approved treatment options. More information can be found at www.clinicaltrials.gov.
The primary endpoint of the study is incidence, relatedness and severity of adverse events and treatment-emergent adverse events and determination of the number of subjects per cohort with dose limiting toxicity-based adverse events. Secondary endpoints include the incidence of anti-drug antibodies and neutralizing antibodies pre- and post-treatment, change in Decoy20 PK parameters over time, objective response rate in subjects with measurable disease and duration of response. More information can be found at www.clinicaltrials.gov.
About Indaptus Therapeutics
Indaptus Therapeutics has evolved from more than a century of immunotherapy advances. The Company’s novel approach is based on the hypothesis that efficient activation of both innate and adaptive immune cells and pathways and associated anti-tumor and anti-viral immune responses will require a multi-targeted package of immune system-activating signals that can be administered safely intravenously (i.v.). Indaptus’ patented technology is composed of single strains of attenuated and killed, non-pathogenic, Gram-negative bacteria producing a multiple Toll-like receptor (TLR) agonist Decoy platform. The products are designed to have reduced i.v. toxicity, but largely uncompromised ability to prime or activate many of the cells and pathways of innate and adaptive immunity.
Decoy products represent an antigen-agnostic technology that have produced single-agent activity against metastatic pancreatic and orthotopic colorectal carcinomas, single agent eradication of established antigen-expressing breast carcinoma, as well as combination-mediated eradication of established hepatocellular carcinomas and non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas in standard pre-clinical models, including syngeneic mouse tumors and human tumor xenografts. In pre-clinical studies tumor eradication was observed with Decoy products in combination with anti-PD-1 checkpoint therapy, low-dose chemotherapy, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or an approved, targeted antibody. Combination-based tumor eradication in pre-clinical models produced innate and adaptive immunological memory, involved activation of both innate and adaptive immune cells, and was associated with induction of innate and adaptive immune pathways in tumors after only one i.v. dose of Decoy product, with associated “cold” to “hot” tumor inflammation signature transition.
IND-enabling, nonclinical toxicology studies demonstrated safe i.v. administration without sustained induction of hallmark biomarkers of cytokine release syndromes, possibly due to passive targeting to liver, spleen, and tumor, followed by rapid elimination of the product. Indaptus’ Decoy products have also produced significant single agent activity against chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) and chronic human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections in pre-clinical models.
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