Pharma Focus Asia

Biodesix and Immodulon Announce Research Collaboration for Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Biodesix Inc. and Immodulon Therapeutics Limited, the immune-oncology company, today announced that they have entered into a biomarker research collaboration. The partnership will focus on the analysis of the circulating proteome of advanced pancreatic cancer patients treated with IMM-101 using the Biodesix Diagnostic Cortex™ machine learning platform.

The Biodesix proprietary machine learning platform builds on recent advances in the artificial intelligence field to uncover clinically relevant and elaborate biomarker patterns and relationships. This enables personalized approaches to therapy selection and a better understanding of complex diseases like cancer. IMM-101 is Immodulon’s investigational immunotherapeutic candidate under development for various tumour types, including advanced pancreatic cancer.

Dr Jaap Kampinga, Immodulon’s CEO, said, “In the IMAGE 1 randomised clinical trial, metastatic pancreatic cancer patients receiving IMM-101 and gemcitabine benefitted from a 59 percent increase in median overall survival compared to those receiving gemcitabine alone. There was considerable variability, as is typical in pancreatic cancer, with some patients surviving much longer than others. From this collaboration and by utilizing the Biodesix Diagnostic Cortex in identifying blood-based proteomic biomarkers, we hope to facilitate selection of those patients most likely to respond to IMM-101. This could improve the efficiency of treatment and patient care, and accelerate our clinical trial programmes.”

“Our proprietary Diagnostic Cortex machine learning-based biomarker discovery platform is well suited to advancing the clinical research for IMM-101,” said David Brunel, Biodesix CEO. “This research collaboration with Immodulon builds on our track record of developing companion diagnostics to optimize treatments with the potential to deliver much needed therapies to critically ill patients.”

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