PETACH TIKVA, Israel, June 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PolyPid Ltd. (Nasdaq: PYPD) (“PolyPid” or the “Company”), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on improving surgical outcomes, today announced that animal studies related to OncoPLEX, the Company’s lead intra-tumor product candidate in oncology applied as a paste to the resection bed during surgery, were published in an abstract in the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2022 Annual Meeting Abstracts Book. The abstract, reduction of local tumor recurrence in a mouse R2 resection model comparing the locally administered docetaxel-releasing product, OncoPLEX, to systemic docetaxeldemonstrated that locally administered OncoPLEX potentially decreases the likelihood of tumor recurrence, with reduced side effects, compared to systemically administered chemotherapy agents.
“We are delighted with the compelling results from these preclinical studies on OncoPLEX,” said Dr. Noam Emanuel, Scientific Director of PolyPid and first author of the studies. “Despite advances in surgical oncology techniques and neoadjuvant and adjuvant treatments, the local recurrence of many solid malignancies still poses a challenge for the long-term survival of oncology patients. Adding controlled local treatment to the current standard of care of systemic chemotherapy could potentially improve patient outcomes for some devastating cancers, such as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). We look forward to advancing OncoPLEX into the clinic, with the goal of initiating a Phase 1/2 study. »
OncoPLEX utilizes PolyPid’s novel PLEX technology to provide sustained release and controlled local exposure to docetaxel, one of the most widely used chemotherapy agents, to potentially reduce local tumor recurrence and prolong patient survival .
The studies consisted of two tests, one on CT26 (murine colorectal carcinoma, which was found to be resistant to docetaxel) and the other on U-87 (primary human glioblastoma). In both animal model studies, OncoPLEX was applied once to the tumor bed after tumor resection. Control groups received placebo or docetaxel IV in study CT26 and placebo or gemcitabine IP in study U87 every four days, for a total of five injections. Animals were monitored for tumor regrowth. At the end of the 37-day CT26 study, there were more tumor-free animals in the OncoPLEX group (75%) than in the docetaxel IV control group (25%). Study U-87 showed similar results, with a larger group of tumor-free animals treated with OncoPLEX (80%) than the control group treated with gemcitabine IP (30%).
The ASCO Annual Meeting is taking place in Chicago, IL, June 3-7, 2022.
OncoPLEX is PolyPid’s lead intra-tumor product candidate in oncology. OncoPLEX uses the company’s novel PLEX technology to deliver prolonged, controlled local exposure to docetaxel, one of the most widely used chemotherapy agents, directly at the site of the tumor for a few weeks to potentially reduce the local recurrence of the tumor, the potential spread of cancer cells and ultimately improve the overall survival rate of cancer patients. Local delivery of drugs directly into the tumor site, especially in hard-to-reach tumors such as in the brain, can significantly improve clinical outcomes. The OncoPLEX intra-tumor cancer therapy program has been successfully evaluated in various animal tumor models, including colon carcinoma and glioblastoma.
PolyPid Ltd. (Nasdaq: PYPD) is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on improving surgical outcomes. Through locally-delivered, controlled, time-released treatments, PolyPid’s proprietary PolyPid Polymer-Lipid Encapsulation matriX (PLEX) technology combines with active pharmaceutical ingredients, enabling precise drug delivery at optimal release rates over longer periods of time. ranging from several days to several months. D-PLEX, PolyPid’s lead product candidate100 is in Phase 3 clinical trials for the prevention of surgical site soft tissue infections of the abdominal and sternal bone. Additionally, the company is currently in the preclinical phase to test the efficacy of OncoPLEX for the treatment of solid tumors, starting with glioblastoma. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.polypid.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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