VAXIMM AG, a Swiss-German biotech company focusing on oral cancer vaccines, announced today that it completed enrollment in the first clinical trial of its investigational oral therapeutic cancer vaccine VXM01. The randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind Phase I/II dose escalation study enrolled 45 patients with inoperable pancreatic cancer at the Heidelberg University Hospital (Heidelberg, Germany). In addition to standard-of-care treatment, the patients received several doses of VXM01, a therapeutic cancer vaccine targeting the tumor vasculature. The results of the first, blinded part of the study are expected in the first quarter of 2013.
The investigational therapeutic vaccine VXM01 is designed to stimulate the patients’ own immune system to destroy tumor-associated blood vessels. It is the first therapeutic cancer vaccine in clinical development that does not target the cancer cells directly. Instead, it addresses the tumor stroma, a structure essential for growth and metastasis formation of solid tumors. VXM01 is also the first investigational therapeutic cancer vaccine which is administered orally and which acts in the gut to induce an anti-tumor response of the immune system.