Iovance Biotherapeutics Announces Positive Clinical Data for Lifileucel in Advanced Melanoma

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Iovance Biotherapeutics Inc
Iovance Biotherapeutics Inc

Positive Results in Advanced Melanoma Patients, Including a 29% Objective Response Rate (ORR) in
Cohort 4 of the C-144-01 Study

Biologics License Application (BLA) Submission Planned for August 2022

Conference Call and Webcast Today at 5:00 p.m. ET

SAN CARLOS, Calif., May 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: IOVA), a late-stage biotechnology company developing novel T cell-based cancer immunotherapies (tumor infiltrating lymphocyte, TIL, and peripheral-blood lymphocyte, PBL), today reported clinical results from its C-144-01 clinical study in patients with advanced (unresectable or metastatic) melanoma who progressed on prior anti-PD-1/L1 therapy, and if BRAF mutation positive, also on prior BRAF or BRAF/MEK inhibitor therapy.

In registrational Cohort 4 (n=87), the objective response rate (ORR) by an independent review committee (IRC) using RECIST 1.1 criteria was 29% (95% confidence interval (CI): 19.5%, 39.4%) with three complete responses and 22 partial responses. The median duration of response (DOR) in Cohort 4 by IRC was 10.4 months with a median study follow-up of 23.5 months. These data demonstrate that one-time treatment with lifileucel therapy may provide meaningful benefit in heavily pre-treated patients. Cohort 4’s findings are supported by Cohort 2 (n=66), where the ORR by IRC was 35% (95% CI: 23.5%, 47.6%) with five complete responses and 18 partial responses. The median DOR in Cohort 2 was not reached with a median study follow-up of 36.6 months. The ORR by IRC for pooled patients (n=153) from both Cohorts 2 and 4 was 31% (95% CI: 24.1%, 39.4%) and median DOR was not reached at a median study follow up of 27.6 months.

Patients in Cohort 4 exhibited higher baseline disease burden in comparison to patients in Cohort 2, including a substantially higher proportion of patients with elevated baseline lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) levels, a well-known negative prognostic factor (64.4% versus 40.9%), as well as a greater number of tumor lesions at baseline (83.9% versus 65.2% with more than three lesions). In addition, patients in Cohort 2 also had approximately half the cumulative duration of anti-PD-1 therapy before lifileucel therapy in comparison to patients in Cohort 4. Reduced duration of prior anti-PD-1 therapy was shown1 to be associated with an increase of DOR to lifileucel. The treatment-emergent adverse event profile in both cohorts was consistent with the underlying disease and known adverse event profiles of non-myeloablative lymphodepletion and interleukin-2 (IL-2) and was also consistent between Cohorts 2 and 4.

Iovance plans to present additional data from Cohorts 2 and 4 at a medical meeting in the second half of 2022. The planned BLA submission for lifileucel in advanced melanoma using these data remains on track for August 2022.

Frederick Vogt, Ph.D., J.D., Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Iovance, stated, “We are pleased to report positive results for lifileucel from the registrational Cohort 4 data from the C-144-01 study. Iovance is proceeding towards submission of a BLA in August 2022 using these results as well as the potentially supportive results from Cohort 2 of the C-144-01 study. We thank our patients, their families, and our investigators, employees, shareholders, and advocates for their support. We look forward to reporting further progress with our lifileucel BLA and launch preparations in 2022.”

Friedrich Graf Finckenstein, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Iovance, commented, “Treatment of melanoma patients after failure of anti-PD-1 therapy remains a critical unmet medical need without an approved therapeutic option. Available care for metastatic melanoma patients in this setting is chemotherapy, which has been reported to offer a four to ten percent response rate with a very short median duration of response. We are excited about the results from registrational Cohort 4 of the C-144-01 study and the potential of lifileucel as a new treatment option for these patients.”

Webcast and Conference Call

Iovance will host a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss the updates for the C-144-01 clinical study. The conference call dial-in numbers are 1 (844) 646-4465 (domestic) or 1 (615) 247-0257 (international) and the conference ID is #5945054. The live webcast can be accessed in the Investors section of the company’s website at http://www.iovance.com. The archived webcast will be available for a year in the Investors section at www.iovance.com.

1Larkin, J.M.G., et al., Lifileucel (LN-144), a Cryopreserved Autologous Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocyte (TIL) Therapy in Patients with Advanced Melanoma: Evaluation of Impact of Prior Anti–PD-1 Therapy, ASCO Annual Meeting, June 6, 2021. Presentation.

About Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc.

Iovance Biotherapeutics aims to be the global leader in innovating, developing and delivering tumor infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapies for patients with cancer. We are pioneering a transformational approach to cure cancer by harnessing the human immune system’s ability to recognize and destroy diverse cancer cells in each patient. Our lead late-stage TIL product candidate, lifileucel for metastatic melanoma, has the potential to become the first approved one-time cell therapy for a solid tumor cancer. The Iovance TIL platform has demonstrated promising clinical data across multiple solid tumors. We are committed to continuous innovation in cell therapy, including gene-edited cell therapy, that may extend and improve life for patients with cancer. For more information, please visit www.iovance.com.

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CONTACTS

Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc.:
Sara Pellegrino, IRC
Vice President, Investor Relations & Public Relations
650-260-7120 ext. 264
Sara.Pellegrino@iovance.com

Jen Saunders
Director, Investor Relations & Public Relations
267-485-3119
Jen.Saunders@iovance.com


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