Infinity Provides Update on IPI-549 Phase 1/1b Study, 2018 Goals and Financial Guidance
Infinity also provided financial guidance for 2018 and outlined anticipated 2018 milestones for the development of IPI-549. During the year, the company expects to make substantial progress with the Phase 1/1b clinical study of IPI-549, which is designed to evaluate IPI-549 both as a monotherapy and in combination with Opdivo. Infinity plans to report data from the monotherapy expansion and combination dose escalation components and initial data from the combination expansion component of the Phase 1/1b study of IPI-549 with Opdivo in the second quarter of 2018. In the second half of 2018, Infinity expects to report more mature clinical data from the combination expansion component of the study including translational insights from paired tumor biopsies across multiple diseases.
"2018 will be a decisive year for both Infinity and IPI-549, as we look forward to reporting maturing data from the Phase 1/1b trial both in monotherapy and in combination with Opdivo at several medical meetings throughout the year, which will help to define our development and regulatory strategy for this first-in-class product candidate," stated
"As the majority of patients treated with IPI-549 monotherapy have advanced forms of cancer and received several therapies prior to enrollment in this study, it's very encouraging to see single-agent activity, including a patient with a partial response who has remained on treatment for over a year and continues on study today," said Dr.
Infinity's chair and chief executive officer,
Anticipated Milestones in 2018
During 2018, Infinity expects to achieve the following IPI-549 data milestones:
- Report data from the monotherapy expansion component of the study in the second quarter of 2018
- Report data from the combination dose-escalation component of the study in the second quarter of 2018
- Report initial data from the combination expansion component of the study in the second quarter of 2018
- Report additional data from the combination expansion component, with more mature clinical and translational data, including insights from paired tumor biopsies, in the second half of 2018
2018 Financial Guidance
Infinity ended 2017 with approximately
- Net Loss: Infinity expects net loss for 2018 to range from
$40 million to $50 million.
- Cash and Investments: Infinity expects to end 2018 with a year-end cash and investments balance ranging from
$10 million to $20 million.
- Based on its current operational plans, Infinity expects that its existing cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale securities at
December 31, 2017, will be adequate to satisfy the company's capital needs into the first quarter of 2019.
Infinity's financial guidance excludes additional funding or business development activities and does not include the potential
IPI-549 is an investigational first-in-class, oral, immuno-oncology product candidate targeting tumor-associated myeloid cells through selective phosphoinositide-3-kinase-gamma (PI3K-gamma) inhibition, thereby reducing pro-tumor macrophage function and increasing anti-tumor macrophage function. In preclinical studies, IPI-549 reprograms macrophages from a pro-tumor (M2), immune suppressive function, to an anti-tumor (M1) immune activating function and can enhance the activity of, and overcome resistance to, checkpoint inhibitors.45 As such, IPI-549 may have the potential to treat a broad range of solid tumors and represents a potentially additive or synergistic approach to restoring anti-tumor immunity in combination with other immunotherapies such as checkpoint inhibitors.
The ongoing Phase 1/1b study being conducted by Infinity is designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, activity, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of IPI-549 as a monotherapy and in combination with Opdivo in approximately 200 patients with advanced solid tumors.6 The four-component study includes monotherapy and combination dose-escalation components, in addition to monotherapy expansion and combination expansion components. The monotherapy dose-escalation component is complete and the monotherapy expansion component has been fully enrolled. The combination dose-escalation component is also complete, and combination expansion cohorts are open to enrollment.
The combination expansion component of the study includes multiple cohorts designed to evaluate IPI-549 in patients with specific types of cancer, including patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), melanoma, and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) whose tumors show initial resistance or initially respond to but subsequently develop resistance to immune checkpoint blockade therapy. The combination expansion component also includes a cohort of patients with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) who have not been previously treated with immune checkpoint blockade therapy, a cohort of patients with mesothelioma, a cohort of patients with adrenocortical carcinoma and a cohort of patients with high baseline levels of MDSCs.
IPI-549 is an investigational compound, and its safety and efficacy have not been evaluated by the
Infinity is an innovative biopharmaceutical company dedicated to advancing novel medicines for people with cancer. Infinity is advancing IPI-549, an oral immuno-oncology development candidate that selectively inhibits PI3K-gamma. A Phase 1/1b study in approximately 200 patients with advanced solid tumors is ongoing. For more information on Infinity, please refer to Infinity's website at www.infi.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include those regarding: the therapeutic potential of PI3K-gamma selective inhibition and IPI-549, alone and in combination with checkpoint inhibitors, including Opdivo; clinical trial plans regarding IPI-549; plans to report preclinical, clinical and translational data of IPI-549; unaudited year-end 2017 cash and investments balance, 2018 financial guidance; and the company's ability to execute on its strategic plans. Such statements are subject to numerous important factors, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events or results to differ materially from the company's current expectations. For example, there can be no guarantee that IPI-549 will successfully complete necessary clinical development phases or that Infinity will receive any of the benefits of the agreement with Verastem including the receipt of milestone and royalty payments. Further, there can be no guarantee that any positive developments in Infinity's product portfolio or any strategic options Infinity may pursue will result in stock price appreciation. Management's expectations and, therefore, any forward-looking statements in this press release could also be affected by risks and uncertainties relating to a number of other factors, including the following: Infinity's results of clinical trials and preclinical studies, including subsequent analysis of existing data and new data received from ongoing and future studies; the content and timing of decisions made by the U.S.
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