Oncobiotic cancer drug could be a step forward for science

Bacteria

The first patient has been treated in everImmune’s Phase I clinical trial evaluating its oncobiotic drug candidate Oncobax AK in lung and kidney cancer patients. 

The aim of the trial is to assess the toxicity and efficacy of Oncobax AK when administered alongside an immunotherapy treatment. 

EverImmune plans to recruit a total of 60 patients – 19 with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and 41 with renal cell cancer (RCC) – across the Phases I and IIa of the trial, which is taking place at four sites in France and Belgium. The Phase I results are expected at the end of the first half of 2023.

“It’s major news for the field of targeted oncobiotics that the first patient has now joined this clinical trial. The challenge is to select patients who are deficient in Akkermansia, so that we can look to reverse this bacterial deficiency and improve their immunotherapy outcomes,” said Dr Philippe Barthélémy, Medical Oncologist and investigator for the trial at the Institut de Cancérologie Strasbourg Europe (ICANS) in Strasbourg, France.

The EV 2101 clinical trial uses a screening test to select patients who are deficient in Akkermansia and resistant to immunotherapy treatment. The patients are given a daily dose of Oncobax AK to see if the drug candidate can reverse this resistance. Currently, up to 70% of NSCLC patients and 60% of those with RCC do not respond to immunotherapy, while up to 50% of patients are deficient in Akkermansia.

“If we can show that the human body is able to use bacteria to fight pathologies as complex as lung or kidney cancer, that will be a real step forward for science and for patients,” added Jean-Luc Marsat, President of everImmune.

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