Dr. Bill Williams, BriaCell’s President and CEO, called into SmallCapVoice.com to discuss the recently announced overall survival (OS) data on its previously disclosed advanced breast cancer patients. These women were treated with BriaCell’s lead candidate Bria-IMT™ as monotherapy and also in combination with checkpoint inhibitors, including pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA®; manufactured by Merck & Co., Inc.) and Incyte’s retifanlimab (manufactured and provided under a corporate collaboration with Incyte Corporation).
HLA-Typing: Cells with HLA (human leukocyte antigen) molecules on their surface determine and trigger the body’s immune response. BriaCell’s immunotherapy treatment appears most effective when the patient’s HLA-type matches with Bria-IMT™, allowing BriaCell to potentially identify patients most likely to respond. HLA-typing is a simple and widely available test.
Tumor Grade: BriaCell has noted clinical benefit in its patients with grade I and grade II tumors, suggesting another subgroup of patients for whom BriaCell’s treatment would be most effective.
Highlighting BriaCell’s Top Responder:
Initially announced on Sep. 19, 2019 and subsequently on Jan. 13, 2020, BriaCell has continued to emphasize this patient’s positive response to BriaCell’s treatment. Prior to BriaCell’s treatment, the patient had received 12 regimens with 16 agents (incl. 13 chemotherapies), yet her condition worsened and included a gruesome orbital tumor that metastasized behind her left eye and caused the eye to bulge from its socket (proptosis). After just six months of BriaCell’s treatment, the orbital tumor had been completely eliminated, and she survived for over 21 months, a significant clinical benefit.
“Women with advanced breast cancer often are fighting a deadly disease that does not respond to currently-available treatments,” said Dr. Bill Williams, BriaCell’s President and CEO. “We are pleased to report that our immunotherapy regimen appears to offer clinical benefit for these patients in desperate need of new therapy options.”