By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Cancer Vaccine Week -- Immunovaccine Inc. ("Immunovaccine" or "IMV" or "the Company") (TSX VENTURE:IMV), a clinical stage vaccine and immunotherapy company, announced the election of Marc Mansour, Ph.D., the Company's Chief Operating Officer (COO), to its board of directors. Since joining Immunovaccine in 2001, Dr. Mansour has led the development of Immunovaccine's DepoVax™ platform and the Company's lead therapeutic cancer vaccine DPX-Survivac, which is poised for randomized Phase 2 trials in ovarian cancer and glioblastoma. Previously serving as Chief Science Officer, he was appointed the Company's COO in September 2013.
Albert Scardino, Executive Chairman of Immunovaccine, commented,
"Marc is the architect of our cancer immunotherapy program. This year he has increasingly become the face of Immunovaccine to the investment community as he has long been to the scientific community. His interaction with analysts, bankers and investors in North America and Europe has raised the profile of the company in this rapidly developing field of cancer treatment. We're pleased to welcome him to the board."
Immunovaccine expects three trials to be initiated in 2014 with its cancer immunotherapies that use a patented oil-based delivery system. The largest study, a randomized Phase II trial of DPX-Survivac in ovarian cancer, will be sponsored and conducted by Canada'sNCIC Clinical Trials Group (NCIC CTG). The trial is expected to begin enrolling the first of its 250 patients in 2014.
Additionally, researchers at the University of Rome have announced plans to initiate a Phase II trial of DPX-Survivac in glioblastoma (brain cancer) patients in the first half of 2014. A third trial, using DPX-0907 to treat breast and ovarian cancer, is planned for initiation at Busto Arsizio Hospital in Milan (see also Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology).
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