LOUISVILLE, CO--(Marketwire - November 03, 2010) - GlobeImmune Inc. today announced that the company has been awarded three grants totaling $733,438 under the federal Therapeutic Discovery Project Program. GlobeImmune will receive grant money for each of the following clinical-stage therapeutic vaccine development programs:
- GI-5005, GlobeImmune's most advanced product candidate, is a therapeutic vaccine for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Phase 2b clinical trials have demonstrated that when added to standard of care (SOC, pegylated interferon-alfa2a and ribavirin), GI-5005 improves sustained virologic response (SVR, or "cure") by 10% in treatment-naïve patients and 12% in prior non-responders compared to patients receiving SOC alone. Additionally, GI-5005 has been shown to increase SVR by 60% in patients with the IL28B T/T genotype, a patient group with the highest rate of treatment failure on SOC.
- GI-4000 targets cancers caused by mutations in the Ras oncogene product. The GI-4000 therapeutic vaccine is currently in Phase 2b clinical trials in patients with pancreas cancer, non-small cell lung cancer and colorectal cancer.
- GI-6207 is for the treatment of cancers that over-express carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA). This therapeutic vaccine is currently being evaluated in a Phase 1 clinical trial in patients with non-small cell lung cancer.
GlobeImmune Inc. is a private company developing therapeutic vaccines called Tarmogens for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. Tarmogens generate activated killer T cells that are designed to locate and eliminate cancer cells and/or virally-infected cells. The Company's lead product candidate, GI-5005, is a Tarmogen being developed for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection (HCV). GI-5005 is designed to complement both the current standard of care and emerging novel therapies for HCV. The Company's lead oncology program, GI-4000, targets cancers caused by mutated versions of the Ras oncoprotein. GI-4000 is being investigated in clinical trials for the treatment of pancreas cancer as well as other cancers that contain mutated Ras, including non-small cell lung cancer and colorectal cancer. In May 2009, the Company announced a global partnership with Celgene focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of multiple product candidates for the treatment of cancer.
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