VBL Therapeutics Announces Successful Completion of Pre-IND Meeting with FDA Regarding Proposed Clinical Development of VB-601
TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VBL Therapeutics (Nasdaq: VBLT) announced today the successful completion of a Type B pre-IND meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the Company's development plan for VB-601. VB-601 is the Company’s lead anti-MOSPD2 antibody for immune-inflammatory indications, for which a briefing package for the pre-IND meeting was submitted in June. Based on the FDA's feedback, VBL plans to advance its IND-enabling activities for VB-601 as planned.
“We are very pleased with the outcome of the pre-IND meeting with the FDA,” said Dror Harats, M.D., CEO of VBL Therapeutics. “VB-601 is a first-in-class product candidate that has a completely novel mechanism of action. It can block the ability of monocyte to migrate to inflammatory sites, no matter which molecules try to attract them in. Therefore, it is important that we have reached alignment with the FDA on the path forward for VB-601. With this green light, we plan to continue to advance VB-601, aiming to start a first-in-human study in the second half of 2021.”
VBL is advancing a drug development program that is exploring the potential of MOSPD2 (motile sperm domain-containing protein 2), a protein that VBL has identified as a key regulator of cell motility, as a therapeutic target for inflammatory diseases. VB-601 is a proprietary anti-MOSPD2 monoclonal antibody which has potential for treatment of multiple chronic inflammatory diseases.
Vascular Biogenics Ltd., operating as VBL Therapeutics, is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class treatments for cancer. VBL’s lead oncology product candidate, ofranergene obadenovec (VB-111), is a first-in-class, targeted anti-cancer gene-therapy agent that is being developed to treat a wide range of solid tumors. It is conveniently administered as an IV infusion once every two months. It has been observed to be well-tolerated in >300 cancer patients and demonstrated activity signals in a VBL-sponsored “all comers” phase 1 trial as well as in three VBL-sponsored tumor-specific phase 2 studies. Ofranergene obadenovec is currently being studied in a VBL-sponsored phase 3 potential registration trial for platinum-resistant ovarian cancer.
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