VIENNA, Va., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CEL-SCI Corporation (NYSE Amex: CVM), a late-stage oncology company and a developer of vaccines and therapeutics for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, announced today it has completed the validation of all critical utilities and manufacturing equipment at its GMP manufacturing facility in Maryland. Completion of this validation effort represents a very important milestone as it allows CEL-SCI to move forward with its drug manufacturing plans for the investigational cancer drug Multikine® for the upcoming head and neck Phase III clinical trial. The manufacturing facility is now also ready to offer Contract Manufacturing services which could commence following the manufacture of Multikine.
"Reaching this validation milestone represents a major step forward for CEL-SCI, as it will allow the Company to produce the drug necessary for our pivotal global Phase III clinical trial," said Geert Kersten, CEO of CEL-SCI. "We believe that having our own facility gives us greater control over the Multikine manufacturing process and helps increase the probability of Multikine becoming an approved drug."
The Phase III clinical trial with Multikine will focus on advanced primary head and neck cancer patients. It will enroll approximately 800 patients in about 11 countries around the world and will evaluate Multikine's ability to increase the overall survival of treated patients when used in conjunction with the current standard of care treatment.
The clinical need is great as treatment prospects for these patients have not improved much over the past decades, the market is very large and since CEL-SCI has all of the major marketing rights, the potential is very significant. Head and neck cancer represents about 6% of all of the world's cancer.
In Phase II clinical trials Multikine was shown to be safe and well-tolerated, and to improve patients' overall survival by 33% over what can be attained with standard treatment alone (without the addition of Multikine therapy) at a median of three and a half years following surgery. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the go-ahead for this Phase III clinical trial and granted orphan drug status to Multikine in the neoadjuvant therapy of patients having squamous cell carcinoma (cancer) of the head and neck.
Multikine, a patented defined mixture of naturally derived cytokines, is the first immunotherapeutic agent in a new class of drugs called "Immune SIMULATORS". Immune SIMULATORS simulate the way our natural immune system acts in defending us against cancer. As opposed to other immunotherapies which are designed to target a single or limited number of specific antigens or molecules, Immune SIMULATORS are multi-targeted; they simultaneously cause a direct and targeted killing of the specific tumor cells and they activate the immune system to produce a stronger anti-tumor attack on multiple fronts.
Multikine is also the first immunotherapeutic agent being developed as a first-line standard of care treatment for cancer. It is administered prior to any other cancer therapy because that is the period when the anti-tumor immune response can still be fully activated. Once the patient has advanced disease, or had surgery or has received radiation and/or chemotherapy, the immune system is severely weakened and is less able to mount an effective anti-tumor immune response. Other immunotherapies are administered after the patient has received surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, which can limit their effectiveness.
About CEL-SCI Corporation
CEL-SCI Corporation is developing products that empower immune defenses. Its lead product Multikine is being readied for a global Phase III trial in advanced primary head and neck cancer. CEL-SCI is also developing an immunotherapy to treat H1N1 hospitalized patients using its L.E.A.P.S.((TM)) technology platform. This investigational treatment involves non-changing regions of H1N1 Pandemic Flu, Avian Flu (H5N1), and the Spanish Flu as CEL-SCI scientists are very concerned about the creation of a new more virulent hybrid virus through the combination of H1N1 and Avian Flu, or maybe Spanish Flu. This investigational treatment is currently being tested in a clinical study at Johns Hopkins University. The Company has operations in Vienna, Virginia, and in/near Baltimore, Maryland.
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