SAN DIEGO, CA, March 7, 2012 — OncoSec Medical Incorporated (OTCBB:ONCS), which is developing its advanced-stage OncoSec Medical System(OMS) ElectroOncology therapies to treat solid tumor cancers, today announced that Dr. Shailender Bhatia, Principal Investigator for the company’s Phase II Merkel cell carcinoma clinical trial, was featured in a local Seattle news outlet, The Journal Newspaper.
The article, titled “Fighting skin cancer with electroimmunotherapy,” outlines the rationale for the Phase II Merkel cell carcinoma study and describes the urgent need for a new therapy for this patient population.
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In related news, the University of Washington and OncoSec were also featured in a news segment by the Seattle NBC affiliate news agency, KIRO 7. The video for this news story can be viewed here.
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), sometimes referred to as a neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin, arises from the uncontrolled growth of Merkel cells in the skin. It is a rare skin cancer with roughly 1,500 cases per year in the United States, making it about 40 times less common than melanoma. More significantly, it is three times more lethal, thus prompt aggressive treatment is warranted. Themajority of Merkel cell carcinomas appear to be caused in part by a virus, Merkel cell polyomavirus. Because greater than 80% of patients with MCC carry the Merkel cell polyomavirus, it is believed that an immunotherapy which stimulates the immune system to recognize and kill the virus and cancer may be a beneficial therapy for this patient population.
The University of Washington, in conjunction with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, is the leading site for OncoSec’s Phase II study for the treatment Merkel cell carcinoma. In this study the Company’s OMS ElectroImmunotherapy technology is being used to stimulate the immune system to recognize and attack cancer cells. A total of up to 15 patients with local and distant Merkel cell carcinoma will be enrolled in this Phase II, single-arm, open-label, multi-center study. The trial is designed to assess the clinical and biologic effects of increased local expression of IL-12 protein in the tumor microenvironment following treatment with OMS ElectroImmunotherapy. It is anticipated that marked local expression of IL-12 in the tumor will induce an immunologic response in the tumor microenvironment, which may result in clinical benefit for the patient. To date, several patients have been enrolled in this study, and preliminary data is expected to be released before the end of 2012.
OncoSec Medical Incorporated (OTCBB: ONCS) develops novel OMS ElectroOncology therapies that combine its proprietary electroporation delivery technology with a chemotherapeutic or novel DNA-based immunotherapeutics. Targeted local delivery of these agents is designed to achieve selective destruction of cancerous tumors while sparing healthy normal tissue, resulting in improved functional, cosmetic and quality of life outcomes. These therapieshave achieved validating safety and efficacy data in early and late stage clinical studies of over 400 cancer patients. OncoSec’s clinical programs include three Phase II clinical trials for OMS ElectroImmunotherapy. More information is available at www.oncosec.com. Additional information may also be found at OncoSec’s Facebook , Twitter, and LinkedIn sites.
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