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Evaxion receives clinical trial approval from FDA

Evaxion Biotech has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined that the company may proceed with its Phase 2b clinical trial of EVX-01.

In November 2022, the company submitted an Investigational New Drug Application (IND) along with a Fast Track designation application to the FDA for a Phase 2b clinical trial of EVX-01 in combination with KEYTRUDA for the treatment of patients with metastatic melanoma. On December 22, 2022, the FDA issued approval for the company to proceed with its Phase 2b trial. The Company anticipates a response to the Fast Track designation submission in the first quarter of 2023.

“Receiving a green light from the FDA is a tremendous boost for our personalized cancer vaccine program.”

“Receiving a green light from the FDA is a tremendous boost for our personalized cancer vaccine program. EVX-01 is already actively enrolling patients in Australia, and the FDA approval expands our ability to move forward quickly with our lead program in malignant melanoma. Moreover, the FDA is a universally recognized national authority, and its endorsement is an important step towards demonstrating a clinically meaningful benefit of our first personalized cancer vaccine,” says Erik Heegaard, Chief Medical Officer at Evaxion.

The Phase 2b study will be conducted at clinical sites across the United States, Europe, and Australia. It is carried out in collaboration with Merck, supplying its PD-1 inhibitor KEYTRUDA. The trial was first initiated in Australia with the enrollment of the first patient in September 2022.

Photo of Erik Heegaard

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