LOS ANGELES, Dec. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd. ("ImmunoCellular") (NYSE MKT: IMUC) today announced the establishment of an agreement with a major cancer research group, Alliance Foundation Trials, LLC (AFT), for the phase 3 registrational trial of its cancer immunotherapy ICT-107 in patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma. AFT in conjunction with the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology comprises nearly 10,000 cancer specialists at hospitals, medical centers, and community clinics across the United States. AFT will support the phase 3 trial by providing access to its large network of clinical sites and patients, with the goal of accelerating patient enrollment in the trial. Multiple phase 3 clinical trial sites have been opened for patient enrollment in the US, with additional sites anticipated to open in Canada and Europe in the coming weeks and months.
Andrew Gengos, ImmunoCellular Chief Executive Officer, commented: "Working in collaboration with AFT has the potential to significantly accelerate enrollment in the ICT-107 phase 3 trial, and to engage the participation of important clinical sites throughout in the US. AFT is one of the most highly respected cancer organizations in America, and we are appreciative of their endorsement and support for our registrational trial."
ImmunoCellular has reached agreement with the FDA on a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) with respect to the primary and secondary endpoints as well as the statistical plan for the phase 3 trial. ImmunoCellular has also been awarded a $19.9 million grant from the governing Board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), California's stem cell agency, to implement the phase 3 registration trial.
About Alliance Foundation Trials, LLC
Alliance Foundation Trials, LLC (AFT) is a research organization that develops and conducts cancer clinical trials, working closely with pharmaceutical partners, research collaborators and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology member network. AFT seeks to fulfill the vision of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology to reduce the impact of cancer on people by uniting a broad community of scientists and clinicians from many disciplines, committed to discovering, validating and disseminating effective strategies for the prevention and treatment of cancer. AFT is funded wholly by private entities and does not use any public funding resources.
About ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd.
ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd. is a Los Angeles-based clinical-stage company that is developing immune-based therapies for the treatment of brain and other cancers. The phase 3 registrational trial of lead product candidate, ICT-107, a dendritic cell-based immunotherapy targeting multiple tumor-associated antigens on glioblastoma stem cells, is open for patient enrollment. ImmunoCellular's pipeline also includes: ICT-121, a dendritic cell immunotherapy targeting the CD133 antigen on stem cells in recurrent glioblastoma; ICT-140, a dendritic cell immunotherapy targeting antigens on ovarian cancer stem cells; and the Stem-to-T-cell research program which engineers the patient's hematopoietic stem cells to generate antigen-specific cancer-killing T cells.
Forward-Looking Statements for ImmunoCellular Therapeutics
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the development and commercialization of ICT-107, initiation of a phase 3 study of ICT-107 and the potential to accelerate the study through the relationship with the AFT, the advancement of the ICT-121 phase 1 trial, the development of our preclinical Stem-to-T-cell program and our ability to achieve our other clinical, operational and financial goals. These statements are based on ImmunoCellular's current expectations and involve significant risks and uncertainties, including those described under the heading "Risk Factors" in ImmunoCellular's most recently filed quarterly report on Form 10-Q and annual report on Form 10-K. Except as required by law, ImmunoCellular undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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