Immutep’s Chinese Partner, Eoc Pharma, Expands Efti Trial Pipeline

Sydney, AUSTRALIA


Sydney, Aug. 31, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 31 August 2021 Immutep Limited (ASX: IMM; NASDAQ: IMMP) (“Immutep” or the “Company”) is pleased to advise its Chinese partner for eftilagimod alpha (“efti” or “IMP321”), EOC Pharma (“EOC”) is planning to expand its clinical trial pipeline for efti (designated EOC202 in China) in China.

EOC is preparing to initiate a clinical trial of efti in combination with an anti-PD-1 therapy. The new trial is expected to commence in the first half of calendar year 2022.

The new trial builds on the latest promising data presented by Immutep at ASCO 2021 and on EOC’s previously announced Phase II trial evaluating efti in combination with chemotherapy in metastatic breast cancer patients. This previously announced Phase II trial is currently expected to commence in the second half of calendar year 2021.

In addition, EOC has partnered with a contract development and manufacturing organisation in China. In August 2020, EOC received positive feedback from the Centre for Drug Evaluation (CDE), subordinate unit of China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) on its CMC comparability study results and recently completed an important 2000L manufacturing step for efti.

Dr. Xiaoming Zou, CEO of EOC Pharma, commented: "Encouraged by our partner Immutep's exciting clinical performance, we are ready to further exploit the clinical benefits of this promising drug in the IO realm.”

Commenting on EOC’s plans, Immutep CEO Marc Voigt said: “It is great to see our growing confidence in efti is shared by our Chinese partner, EOC. Like Immutep, EOC is expanding its clinical trial pipeline, adding a new combination therapy study of efti with an anti-PD-1 drug. This is the same promising concept we are evaluating in TACTI-002 and TACTI-003, for example.”

Efti is exclusively licensed to EOC for the territory of Greater China. EOC has full responsibility for the development and commercialisation of efti in the territory, and Immutep is eligible to receive development-based milestone payments and sales-based royalties.

About EOC Pharma
EOC Pharma is an integrated biopharmaceutical company focusing on the discovery, research, development, and commercialisation of innovative oncology products. With an insight-driven strategic planning capability and highly integrated product platform, EOC Pharma strives to build a portfolio of products with synergies from independent R&D and partnering and enrich the product pipeline with first- and best-in-class oncology drugs to benefit the millions of patients who currently have limited access to high quality oncology treatments in China.

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This announcement was authorised for release by the Board of Immutep Limited.