TapImmune, Inc. (TPIV), a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company specializing in the development of innovative peptide and gene-based immunotherapeutics and vaccines for the treatment of cancer & metastatic disease, announced today that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track Designation for its cancer vaccine TPIV 200 in the treatment of ovarian cancer.
The FDA has designated the investigation of multiple-epitope Folate Receptor Alpha Peptide Vaccine (TPIV 200) with GM-CSF adjuvant for maintenance therapy in subjects with platinum-sensitive advanced ovarian cancer who achieved stable disease or partial response following completion of standard of care chemotherapy, as a Fast Track Development Program.
Under the FDA Modernization Act of 1997, designation as a Fast Track product for a new drug or biological product means that the FDA will take such actions as are appropriate to expedite the development and review of the application for approval of such product.
“We believe that the FDA’s decision to grant Fast Track designation to TPIV 200 for the treatment ovarian cancer significantly expedites our clinical development program. We look forward to starting Phase II trials in the near future to address this highly aggressive cancer”, commented Dr. Glynn Wilson Chairman & CEO of TapImmune. “We believe that TPIV 200 has the potential to improve outcomes for ovarian cancer patients for whom current treatment modalities offer a relative short time to recurrence and a poor overall prognosis”.
Approximately 21,290 women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015 and an estimated 14,180 will die from the disease according to the American Cancer Society. Because ovarian cancer tends to be detected at a later stage of the disease, the five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is 45%. Current treatment options are surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. There is currently no FDA approved cancer vaccine available for ovarian cancer.
About TapImmune Inc.
TapImmune Inc. is an immune-oncology company specializing in the development of innovative technologies for the treatment of cancer, including metastasis, and infectious disease. The Company’s peptide or nucleic acid-based immunotherapeutics, comprise one or multiple naturally processed epitopes (NPEs) designed to comprehensively stimulate a patients’ killer T-cells, helper T-cells and to restore or further augment antigen presentation by using proprietary nucleic acid-based expression systems. The Company’s technologies may be used as stand-alone medications or in combination with current treatment modalities. Please visit the Company’s website at http://www.tapimmune.com for details.