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IDMC recommends to expand Tiziana’s phase 2a trial of Milciclib

Published 17 May 2018

Tiziana Life Sciences announces that the independent data monitor committee (IDMC) completed a second, interim analysis of tolerability data from the first eleven treated patients and recommended expansion of the initial cohort to continue enrolment of an additional 20 patients to complete the trial.

This phase 2a multi-centre and multi-country clinical trial (CDKO-125A-010) in sorafenib-refractory or -intolerable patients with unresectable or metastatic hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is being conducted in Greece, Italy and Israel.

Since, this was the first trial with milciclib in HCC patients, a second, interim analysis was scheduled following completion of treatment for the first 11 patients before initiating enrolment of the next 20 patients. Thus, demonstration of good tolerability with acceptable incidence of serious adverse events is an important milestone to initiate a phase 2b trial evaluating combination of milciclib with sorafenib (NexavarÒ; Bayer Germany (BAYN.GR)) in HCC patient.

 Milciclib treatment was well-tolerated with manageable drug-related toxicities. The IDMC concluded that there were no major signals of tolerability concerns and therefore favours proceeding to expand enrolment.

Four patients have completed the study per protocol (6 cycles of treatment in 6 months). Two of these patients and their care provider opted to continue receiving milciclib at full dose as part of compassionate use. A third patient is awaiting ethical committee (EC) approval.

 Gabriele Cerrone, Chairman of Tiziana Life Sciences, commented: "Establishment of tolerability of milciclib as a single agent in HCC patients is a key pre-requisite to initiate the phase 2b trial to evaluate dosing, tolerability and clinical activity of milciclib in combination with sorafenib (NexavarÒ; Bayer Germany) in HCC patients.

Tiziana Life Sciences CEO and CSO Kunwar Shailubhai said: "we are pleased with the conclusion of IDMC that milciclib treatment showed no major signals of tolerability concerns in sorafenib-refractory or -intolerable HCC patients.

“These findings are consistent with the findings reported earlier on the long-term tolerability and clinical activity of milciclib in thymic carcinoma, thymoma1 and other solid cancers2. Results from these clinical studies strongly warrant further clinical development of milciclib for treatments of HCC and other cancers.”

iziana Life Sciences plc is a UK biotechnology company that focuses on the discovery and development of novel molecules that treat human disease in oncology and immunology. The Company is focused on its lead compound Milciclib. The Company is also in clinical development of foralumab. Foralumab is the only fully human engineered anti-CD3 antibody in clinical development.

This phase 2 compound has potential application in a wide range of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, such as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), primary biliary cholangitis (PBS), ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, type-1 diabetes (T1D), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis, where modulation of a T-cell response is desirable.

Source: Company Press Release