10 March 18
"JNCI publication involving CytImmune's CYT-21625"
"Please find attached [via the link below] an article published in the most recent version of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI). This publication reports on a series of animal experiments comparing CytImmune's second generation nanomedicine, CYT-21625, against the commonly used chemotherapy, paclitaxel.
1) CYT-21625 was safe with no toxicities observed.
2) The study involved three cancer models:
• Two thyroid cancers, traditional mouse xenograft models
• One Pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer, a genetically engineered mouse model.
3) Both anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) and pancreatic neuroendorine cancer (PNETs) are rare/orphan diseases, and have abysmal 5 year survival rates -- less than 5% for ATC and 16% for PNET patients with advanced disease.
4) CYT-21625 out-performed paclitaxel as measured by overall survival and using biological indicators that were specific to each cancer and model used.
We believe this study confirms the potential of the the Aurimune platform to deliver existing cancer drugs more effectively and with fewer toxic side effects. The paper concludes:
"CYT-21625 is effective in mice with PNETs [Pancreatic NeuroEndocrine Tumors] and metastatic human thyroid cancer with no toxicities. Thus, CYT-21625 should be studied in patients with advanced PNETs and thyroid cancer."
*Note that this study also used a CYT-6091 monotherapy as a control. As expected in this setting, while CYT-6091 showed some limited efficacy, it was inferior to therapies in which TNF is delivered in combination with chemotherapy. "
David Oarr, Chief Communications Officer, Project Karkinos, 10 March 2018.