Jun. 27, 2011 (Business Wire) -- CEL-SCI Corporation (NYSE AMEX: CVM) announced today that its partner Teva Pharmaceuticals, a leading global pharmaceutical company, has concluded the Site Initiation Visit for the first Israeli clinical center in CEL-SCI's Phase III clinical trial for Multikine®, the Company's flagship cancer immunotherapy. The first hospital is called Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and is located in Tel Aviv, Israel. Patient enrollment is expected to start soon in this center.
Teva plans to sign up another 2 Israeli clinical centers to conduct this study, which is already ongoing at multiple clinical sites in the United States, Canada, Poland, Hungary, Taiwan and India. The total study is expected to enroll about 880 head and neck cancer patients in over 40 hospitals in 9 countries. CEL-SCI's partner Orient Europharma will conduct parts of the Phase III study in Taiwan. Teva holds exclusive marketing rights to sell Multikine in Israel and Turkey.
Geert Kersten, CEO of CEL-SCI said, "We are pleased to partner with Teva for this pivotal study. Teva has significant experience and expertise in conducting clinical trials, and we are excited about the relationship we have established with the company as we conduct this Phase III trial. The trial is designed to demonstrate that Multikine represents a new paradigm in the treatment of head and neck cancer."
The goal of this study is to establish Multikine as a first-line standard of care therapy in treating newly diagnosed head and neck cancer patients. The trial is believed to be the largest head and neck cancer study ever conducted and is called "IT-MATTERS", an acronym for: Immunotherapy Multikine Anti Tumor Treatments.
CEL-SCI's Phase III clinical trial is an open-label, randomized, controlled, multi-center study designed to determine if Multikine administered prior to current standard of care (Surgery plus Radiotherapy or Surgery plus Concurrent Radiochemotherapy) used for treatment naive subjects with Advanced Primary Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity/Soft Palate (Head and Neck cancer) will result in an increased overall rate of survival versus the subjects treated with standard of care only. It will also be the first trial in which immunotherapy will be administered before any other traditional means of care are attempted. A detailed description of the study can be found at http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01265849?term=multikine&rank=1.
Phase II clinical trials of Multikine demonstrated the product was safe and well-tolerated and eliminated tumors in 12% of the subjects less than a month into treatment. The Multikine treatment regimen was also shown to kill, on average, about half of the cancer cells in the subjects' tumors before the start of standard therapy.