RenovoRx Announces New Positive Interim Phase III Data Demonstrating RenovoGem™ Delays Cancer Progression by Eight Months in Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer
Six-Month Overall Survival Benefit with RenovoGem Versus Systemic Chemotherapy, and 65% reduction in adverse effects and clinically meaningful overall survival trend
Results highlight RenovoGem’s potential to change treatment paradigm for Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer
LOS ALTOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- RenovoRx, Inc. (“RenovoRx” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: RNXT), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing targeted combination therapies, today presented new positive data on progression-free survival (PFS) from the pivotal Phase III open label TIGeR-PaC study of RenovoGem (intra-arterial administration of gemcitabine) in locally advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC). The interim data was featured as a late-breaking oral presentation at the 2023 ESMO World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer, and presented by Michael J. Pishvaian, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Medicine and Principal Investigator (PI) of the TIGeR-PaC study.
The interim analysis demonstrated an eight-month median PFS benefit, 15 versus 7 months, in delaying the progression of cancer for patients receiving treatment with RenovoGem versus standard-of-care. PFS is the measure of the length of time from study randomization to either death or progression of disease.
“Clinical practice has been waiting decades for a meaningful advancement in the standard of care for pancreatic cancer treatment, with less toxicity and better outcomes. The new data from the TIGeR-PaC interim results support that RenovoGem has the potential to more than double progression-free survival compared to systemic chemotherapy alone in this difficult-to-treat cancer, which demonstrates support for a new treatment standard,” said Michael J. Pishvaian, M.D., Ph.D., PI of the TIGeR-PaC study. “This data has the potential to be a paradigm-shifting treatment for patients at risk of cancer progression, including those who have limited well-tolerated options.”
The study is designed to randomize 114 patients (57 in each arm) with all patients receiving upfront induction chemotherapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). The TIGeR-PaC Data Monitoring Committee met and determined the interim data is promising and warrants continuation of this pivotal trial. As of the date of the analysis, 45 patients from U.S. sites had been randomized in this trial and the survival status of all subjects was used for the analysis.
- 23 patients were randomized to intra-arterial (IA) gemcitabine (RenovoGem investigational treatment) arm and 22 patients to continuation of intravenous (IV) gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel (standard-of-care) control arm.
- The median PFS data in the IV gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel control arm was 7 versus 15 months in the IA RenovoGem arm.
- Patients had a greater than 65% reduction in adverse events compared to the control arm.
- The median overall survival in the IV gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel control arm was 10 months, versus 16 months in the IA RenovoGem arm, from time of randomization. (NOTE: Both arms’ median overall survival calculations do not include approximately 5.5 months of life from diagnosis to randomization during the induction chemotherapy and radiation phase of the trial.)
The TAMP™ (Trans-arterial Micro-perfusion) therapy platform delivers gemcitabine directly to the tumor site, potentially enhancing the therapeutic effectiveness while potentially minimizing the systemic side effects, commonly associated with traditional chemotherapy (IV) administration, and improving patient outcomes.
“The TIGeR-PaC study results reinforce the intended clinical advantage that TAMP brings to pancreatic cancer treatment, versus the non-targeted approach of the current standard of care (IV) therapy,” said Ramtin Agah, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, RenovoRx. “The first look at interim analysis data of our pivotal trial supports this important advantage in overcoming the barrier of solid tumors in resisting drug uptake.”
“Placing patients at the center of everything we do is a critical focus. We are thrilled to announce these pivotal TIGeR-PaC study results supporting RenovoGem’s meaningful clinical benefit and impressive safety profile for patients with LAPC,” said Shaun Bagai, CEO, RenovoRx. “We are committed to advancing this therapy as rapidly as possible, with the goal of delivering a treatment that is capable of improving survival outcomes while preserving patient quality of life in pancreatic cancer.”
TIGeR-PaC is currently enrolling unresectable LAPC patients at several sites across the U.S. To learn more about the study and the participating clinical trial sites, visit https://renovorx.com/clinical-trial/. RenovoGem is currently under investigation for TAMP therapeutic delivery of gemcitabine and has not been approved for commercial sale.
About Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer (LAPC)
According to American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts & Figures 2023, pancreatic cancer has a 5-year combined overall survival rate of 12% (Stages I-IV) and is on track to be the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths before 2030. LAPC is diagnosed when the disease has not spread far beyond the pancreas, however, has advanced to the point where it cannot be surgically removed. LAPC is typically associated with patients in Stage 3 of the disease as determined by the TNM (tumor, nodes and metastasis) grading system.
RenovoGem™ is the first drug-device combination product candidate that utilizes the TAMP™ therapy platform via pressure-mediated delivery technology to deliver gemcitabine, an FDA-approved systemic chemotherapy, locally across the arterial wall to bathe tumor tissue in the chemotherapy. RenovoGem is currently being evaluated in the Phase III TIGeR-PaC clinical trial study in Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer (LAPC) patients. The Company plans to investigate RenovoGem in extrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma (eCCA) in a clinical trial, which is anticipated to begin in the first half of 2023.
About RenovoRx, Inc.
RenovoRx is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing targeted combination therapies for high unmet medical needs. The Company’s proprietary Trans-Arterial Micro-Perfusion (TAMP™) therapy platform is designed to bypass traditional systemic delivery methods and ensure precise therapeutic delivery to a target tissue, while minimizing a therapy’s systemic toxicities. RenovoRx’s unique approach to drug delivery offers the potential for increased treatment safety, tolerance, and wider therapeutic windows. The Company’s lead product candidate, RenovoGem™, combines gemcitabine with the company’s patented delivery system and is regulated by FDA under its 505(b)2 pathway. RenovoGem is currently in a Phase III clinical trial (TIGeR-PaC) for the treatment of LAPC. RenovoRx is committed to transforming the lives of patients by delivering innovative solutions to change the current paradigm of cancer care. For more information, visit www.renovorx.com. Follow RenovoRx on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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Released June 29, 2023