PDS Biotechnology Announces Details of Virtual KOL Event


Virtual Webinar Updated VERSATILE-002 Phase 2 Trial Results, Unmet Treatment Needs in Advanced Head and Neck Cancer and Planned Triple Combination Trial to be held May 8, 2024

PRINCETON, N.J., May 03, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PDS Biotechnology Corporation (Nasdaq: PDSB) (“PDS Biotech” or the “Company”), a late-stage immunotherapy company focused on transforming how the immune system targets and kills cancers and the development of infectious disease vaccines, today announced additional details of its virtual Key Opinion Leader (KOL) event to be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 1:30 PM ET. To register for the event, click here.

The virtual webinar will focus on the positive, updated data from the Company’s VERSATILE-002 Phase 2 clinical trial, current unmet need in HPV-positive head and neck cancer, and next steps for PDS Biotech’s planned triple combination trial including Versamune® HPV and PDS01ADC (IL-12 fused antibody drug conjugate).

Panel participants will include:

  • Jared Weiss, MD, Section Chief of Thoracic and Head/Neck Oncology, Professor of Medicine at University of North Carolina, and Principal Investigator of the VERSATILE-002 clinical trial, who will present and discuss the updated trial results
  • Robert Haddad, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, who will discuss the unmet need in HPV-positive head and neck squamous cell cancer (“HNSCC")

The event will be moderated by Kirk Shepard, M.D., PDS Biotech’s Chief Medical Officer who will also present the next steps on the clinical path forward to registration for the Versamune® HPV and PDS01ADC based triple combination.

The VERSATILE-002 trial (NCT04260126) is evaluating Versamune® HPV in combination with the immune checkpoint inhibitor (“ICI”) KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) in patients with unresectable, recurrent, or metastatic HPV16-positive HNSCC.

A live Q&A session will follow the formal presentations.

About Jared Weiss, MDJared Weiss, MD received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and medical degree from Yale University. He completed residency at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center then fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently employed as a tenured professor of medicine at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center where he also serves as section chief of thoracic and head/neck oncology. Dr. Weiss is proud to volunteer for and serve on the executive board of cancergrace.org and to advocate with the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina. Dr. Weiss has published extensively, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Lancet Oncology. He has played a role in the development of numerous approved agents, most recently including pembrolizumab, durvalumab, selpercatinib, trilaciclib and adagrasib. He has frequently presented at international conferences, including the Presidential Session of the European Society of Medical Oncology and Plenary Session of the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium. Dr. Weiss’s clinical practice is focused on lung cancer and head/neck cancer. Dr. Weiss’s research is focused on personalized and adaptive immunotherapy to treat cancer (neo-antigen cancer vaccines and cellular therapeutics). He has particular interest in small-cell lung cancer and in NUT carcinoma.

About Robert Haddad, MDRobert Haddad, MD is Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Division Chief and Institute Physician, Center of Head and Neck Oncology Program, and a member of the Department of Adult Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Haddad received his medical degree from Saint Joseph University, French Faculty of Medicine, and served as intern and resident at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, New York. He completed his fellowship in hematology/oncology at Greenbaum Cancer Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Haddad is a member of several professional societies, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. Dr Haddad research is focused on identifying innovative forms of treatment in Head and Neck Cancer. His research activities involve the use of induction chemotherapy for patients with locally advanced head and neck cancer and the development of novel immunotherapeutic agents for treating locally advanced disease. He has been instrumental in the development, execution and publication of numerous phase II and III trials in head and neck cancer. These trials have advanced the field of head and neck oncology and have resulted in new therapies for patients.

Dr Haddad is also involved in teaching oncology fellows as well as medical residents, and ENT residents through the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute outpatient clinic and Brigham and Women’s Hospital inpatient service. He lectures extensively on head and neck cancer at the local, regional, national and international levels and has been invited to lecture in prestigious institutions and at national and international forums. He has presented his work at important scientific meetings such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Head and Neck Society Meeting (AHNS) and has edited two textbooks on head and neck cancer. Dr Haddad has an active role in the national comprehensive cancer network (NCCN) where he participates as a committee member in the head and neck committee and chair of the thyroid cancer committee. In this capacity, He helps write treatment guidelines. He has authored more than 200 publications related to Head and Neck cancer.

About PDS BiotechnologyPDS Biotechnology is a late-stage immunotherapy company focused on transforming how the immune system targets and kills cancers and the development of infectious disease vaccines. The Company plans to initiate a pivotal clinical trial in 2024 to advance its lead program in advanced head and neck squamous cell cancers (HNSCC). PDS Biotech’s lead program is a proprietary dual-acting combination of IL-12 fused antibody drug conjugate (ADC) PDS01ADC and T-cell activator Versamune® HPV in regimen with a standard-of-care immune checkpoint inhibitor. We believe that proof-of-concept long-term data have shown positive survival results and tumor shrinkage with this combination and indicate favorable tolerability.

We believe that with a novel investigational “inside-outside” mechanism, the PDS01ADC and Versamune® HPV immunotherapy has shown compelling results with potential to successfully disrupt a tumor’s inside defenses, while also generating potent, targeted killer T-cells to attack the tumor from the outside. We believe that data from more than 350 patients, as well as ongoing clinical trials across multiple tumor types and standard treatment regimens, have validated the potential for both platforms and point to potential broad utility.

Our Infectimune® based vaccines have demonstrated the potential to induce not only robust and durable neutralizing antibody responses, but also powerful T-cell responses, including long-lasting memory T-cell responses in pre-clinical studies to date. For more information, please visit www.pdsbiotech.com.

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Versamune® and Infectimune® are registered trademarks of PDS Biotechnology Corporation.

Keytruda® is a registered trademark of Merck Sharp and Dohme LLC, a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, N.J., USA.

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