Celsion (NASDAQ: CLSN) this morning reported “convincing evidence” of gene transfer and immune system activity from its OVATION Study combining the company’s GEN-1 gene-mediated immunotherapy with the standard of care for newly diagnosed patients with advanced ovarian cancer. “These translational research findings demonstrate that GEN-1 in ovarian cancer patients is biologically active and creates a shift in the tumor microenvironment in the peritoneal cavity in a dose-dependent manner and promotes a pro-immune T-cell population dynamic in the tumor microenvironment,” Dr. Khursheed Anwer, Celsion’s executive vice president and chief science officer, stated in the press release. “These distinct immunological changes in the local disease environment appear to translate into clinical benefit and warrant the continued development of our GEN-1 IL-12 immunotherapy as a potential adjuvant, in both first and second-line ovarian cancer. Furthermore, pro-immune changes in the tumor microenvironment appear to support research combining GEN-1 with other exciting immuno-oncology therapies including adaptive T-cell and check point inhibitors.”
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About Celsion Corporation
Celsion is a fully-integrated oncology company focused on developing a portfolio of innovative cancer treatments, including directed chemotherapies, immunotherapies and RNA- or DNA-based therapies. The Company’s lead program is ThermoDox®, a proprietary heat-activated liposomal encapsulation of doxorubicin, currently in Phase III development for the treatment of primary liver cancer and in Phase II development for the treatment of recurrent chest wall breast cancer. The pipeline also includes GEN-1, a gene-mediated immunotherapy for the localized treatment of ovarian and brain cancers. Celsion has two platform technologies for the development of novel nucleic acid-based immunotherapies and other anticancer DNA or RNA therapies, including TheraPlas™ and TheraSilence™. For more information on Celsion, visit our website: http://www.celsion.com
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