In addition to the newly diagnosed data presentation at the AANS meeting, the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is supporting a study of the HSPPC-96 vaccine in a large, randomized Phase 2 trial in combination with bevacizumab (Avastin ®) in patients with surgically resectable recurrent GBM. The study is being sponsored by the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (ALLIANCE), a cooperative group of the NCI. This study represents the largest brain tumor trial ever funded by the NCI and the largest vaccine study ever conducted with Avastin.
About the ALLIANCE Trial in Recurrent Glioma
The ALLIANCE trial will investigate the benefits of treatment with a combination of HSPPC-96 and bevacizumab in a three-arm study of 222 patients with surgically resectable recurrent GBM using a primary endpoint of overall survival. The study will compare efficacy of the HSPPC-96 vaccine administered with bevacizumab either concomitantly or at progression, versus treatment with bevacizumab alone. This study design is supported in part by previous research indicating a potential synergistic effect between the mechanisms of action behind both HSPPC-96 and bevacizumab. For additional information about the Alliance Trial visit http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01814813?term=HSPPC-96&rank=6 .
About the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology at NCIThe Alliance is composed of three NCI funded cooperative groups (American College of Surgeons Oncology Group [ACOSOG], Cancer and Leukemia Group B [CALGB], and North Central Cancer Treatment Group [NCCTG]). These three groups have been integrated in an effort to develop and conduct more efficient clinical research studies to bring clinical trial results to patients more quickly. The Phase 2 recurrent and newly diagnosed trials are being sponsored by Dr. Parsa and UCSF and are primarily supported through funding from the American Brain Tumor Association, Accelerated Brain Cancer Cure, National Brain Tumor Society, and National Cancer Institute Special Programs of Research Excellence. Drs. Parsa and Bloch have not received any financial support or travel expense reimbursement for this work or for consulting activities on behalf of Agenus and they do not have an equity interest in Agenus or a financial relationship with the company.