Polynoma LLC announced the start of MAVIS, the company’s Phase 3 trial of POL 103A vaccine for melanoma.

MAVIS (Melanoma Antigen Vaccine Immunotherapy Study), a global, multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled study enrolled 1,059 patients with resected Stage IIb, IIc or III melanoma. This study will consist of two stages, the first being a lead-in stage (n=99) designed to assess vaccine safety and bioactivity and select the vaccine dose to be used in the second and final stage of the study. The second stage (n=960) is designed to assess the efficacy of POL 103A by randomizing patients to POL 103A or a placebo vaccine on a 2:1 basis.

This Phase 3 study has been initiated based on results of two randomized, placebo-controlled Phase 2 trials that demonstrated strong efficacy in terms of significantly improved recurrence-free survival (RFS), overall survival (OS), and a favorable safety profile.

POL 103A is a novel vaccine designed to stimulate the body’s immune system to fight cancer using a combination of shed antigens produced by three proprietary melanoma cell lines. Antigens are rapidly released from the cancer cells, then purified and processed prior to administration to patients.

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