NEW YORK, Jan. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Immune Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: IMNP) ("Immune"), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, announced today that it will hold a Satellite Symposium on February 20th, 2017 at the International Symposium on Acute Leukemias (ISAL) XVI in Munich, Germany.
The satellite symposium is entitled: "Reinforcing the Efficacy of Immunotherapy for the maintenance of remission in AML with Ceplene" and will take place on Monday February 20th, 2017 from 12:45 – 13:45 CET in Lecture Hall III/IV in the conference venue.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hiddemann (Munich, Germany), ISAL XVI Conference Chair, will chair the session. Speakers are international key opinion leaders in the field of hematological diseases and acute myeloid leukemia: Prof. Jacob Rowe (Jerusalem, Israel), and Prof. Kristoffer Hellstrand (Gothenburg, Sweden). The Ceplene symposium will address the unmet need in the maintenance of remission therapy in Acute Myeloid Leukemia as well as mechanistic and efficacy data demonstrating the benefit of treatment with Ceplene and low dose IL-2 for prevention of relapse.
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Ceplene® (HDC) is administered in conjunction with low dose interleukin-2 (IL-2), for maintenance of first remission in patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). It has been shown in clinical studies to prevent leukemic relapses in AML patients in first remission and prolong leukemia-free survival while maintaining good quality of life during treatment.
AML patients receive intensive induction treatment with chemotherapeutic drugs at diagnosis, and typically become free of detectable leukemia, achieving "complete remission". However, within 1-2 years the majority (75-80%) of adult patients will experience a relapse of leukemia, of which survival prognosis is extremely poor especially in patients over 60 years of age (15-20%). With approximately 20,000 new cases in the US in 2015, poor prognosis following first remission and no other effective remission therapies currently available, AML represents an orphan indication with particularly high unmet need.
Ceplene, an H2 Receptor agonist, acts by enhancing the immunostimulatory effect of IL-2 and countering ROS-induced dysfunction and apoptosis of T and NK cells, thereby inducing immune-mediated killing of leukemic cells, providing a strong mechanistic rationale for this combination therapy.
The European Commission has approved Ceplene for remission maintenance in adult patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia following a successful, international phase III study which demonstrated significant improvement in leukemia free survival in patients receiving Ceplene IL-2. Ceplene has been granted orphan drug status for the treatment of AML by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Additional clinical pharmacology and outcomes data in biomarker-defined sub-populations from a post-marketing study conducted in Europe, demonstrated increased benefit in specific sub-populations.
About Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: IMNP) applies a personalized approach to treating and developing novel, highly targeted antibody therapeutics to improve the lives of patients with inflammatory diseases and cancer. Immune's lead product candidate, bertilimumab, is in Phase II clinical development for moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis as well as for bullous pemphigoid, an orphan autoimmune dermatological condition. Other indications being considered for development include atopic dermatitis, Crohn's disease, severe asthma and Non-Alcoholic Steato-Hepatitis (NASH), an inflammatory liver disease. Immune recently expanded its portfolio in immuno-dermatology with topical nano-formulated cyclosporine-A for the treatment of psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Immune's oncology pipeline includes Ceplene® which is in late stage clinical development for maintenance remission in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in combination with IL-2. Additional oncology pipeline includes Azixa® and crolibulin, Phase II clinical stage vascular disrupting agents, and novel technology platforms; bispecific antibodies and NanomAbs™. Maxim Pharmaceuticals Inc., Immune's pain and neurology subsidiary is developing AmiKet™ and AmiKet™ Nano™ for the treatment of neuropathic pain. For more information, visit Immune's website at www.immunepharma.com, the content of which is not a part of this press release.
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