Pfizer to Collaborate with National Cancer Institute to Study Three Immunotherapy Agents Targeting Multiple Cancers
Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) assesses OX40 agonist, utomilumab and avelumab immuno-oncology assets alone and in various combinations
November 14, 2016 – Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) today announced that it has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As part of the CRADA, Pfizer will collaborate with NCI’s Center for Cancer Research (link is external) (CCR) to arrange and conduct preclinical and clinical trials to evaluate three investigational immunotherapy agents. These include Pfizer’s proprietary immunotherapy agonistic monoclonal antibodies targeting OX40 (CD134), (also known as PF-04518600); and utomilumab, targeting 4-1BB (CD137), (also known as PF-05082566); as well as avelumab, a fully human anti-PD-L1 IgG1 monoclonal antibody (also known as PF-06834635 and MSB0010718C), which is being developed through an alliance between Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and Pfizer.
The collaborative preclinical and clinical studies will be co-led by Dr. Jeffrey Schlom, chief of the Laboratory of Tumor Immunology and Biology at CCR, Dr. James Gulley, chief of the Genitourinary Malignancies Branch (link is external) at CCR, and Dr. Chris Boshoff, Senior Vice President and Head of Immuno-oncology, Translational Oncology and Early Development, Pfizer Global Product Development. Under the CRADA, the three investigational immunotherapies will be studied alone, in various combinations with each other, and in combination with standard therapies, such as chemotherapy, radiation and targeted therapies across a range of cancers.
“We are looking forward to combining our expertise with those at the NCI to explore agents targeting the immune system in doublet and triplet combinations. Clinical studies focused on translational endpoints will allow us to optimally develop potential rational combinations,” said Chris Boshoff. “The CRADA is an important collaboration for us as we seek to realize the full potential of immunotherapy and hope to ultimately transform the cancer treatment paradigm.”
Beyond this collaboration, Pfizer is advancing these and other assets from its growing immuno-oncology portfolio with single agent and novel combination studies, both internally and through other collaborations.
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DISCLOSURE NOTICE: The information contained in this release is as of November 14, 2016. Pfizer assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this release as the result of new information or future events or developments.
This release contains forward-looking information about Pfizer’s Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the National Cancer Institute, Pfizer’s immuno-oncology portfolio, including OX40 (CD134), utomilumab (PF-05082566) and avelumab, potential combination therapies, the potential of immuno-oncology and clinical development plans, including their potential benefits, that involves substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the uncertainties inherent in research and development, including the ability to meet anticipated clinical study commencement and completion dates as well as the possibility of unfavorable study results, including unfavorable new clinical data and additional analyses of existing clinical data; risks associated with interim data; whether and when any applications may be filed with regulatory authorities for OX40, utomilumab or avelumab, combination therapies or other immuno-oncology product candidates; whether and when regulatory authorities may approve any such applications, which will depend on the assessment by such regulatory authorities of the benefit-risk profile suggested by the totality of the efficacy and safety information submitted; decisions by regulatory authorities regarding labeling and other matters that could affect the availability or commercial potential of OX40, utomilumab or avelumab, combination therapies or other immuno-oncology product candidates; and competitive developments.
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