The Scourge of Cancer
Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and responsible for 8.8 million deaths annually. The economic impact of cancer is increasing. The total annual economic cost of cancer in 2015 was estimated at approximately US$ 2.5 trillion. Immuno Oncology sits on the leading edge of cancer treatment and research. In terms of effectiveness it promises to drastically outpace all previous forms of conventional cancer therapy. Some estimate the Immuno Oncology market at $US 40 Billon and growing.
What is Immuno Oncology?
Immuno Oncology is treatment that recruits and supercharges a person's own immune system components to fight cancer. This can take various forms: the immune system can be stimulated to work harder or smarter in attacking cancer cells, immune system components can be supplied such as man-made immune proteins that attack cancer cells in a targeted way, immune system cells can be "programmed" to only attack very specific cancer cells or even to deliver a "payload" of compounds poisonous to cancer directly and only to the malignant cells.
Immuno Oncology Goes Beyond Drawbacks of Conventional Chemotherapy
Conventional chemotherapy poisons the patient's body with the aim of getting the cancer too. Its like spraying a powerful herbicide on your rose garden to get rid of the dandelions. Yes, the weeds will die but the roses will suffer too.
With Immuno Oncology, the cure is not worse than the disease. Many of the harsh and debilitating side effects of chemotherapy are avoided because the agents that kill the cancer are components of the human immune system itself, rather than poison, and the therapy can be precisely targeted to only attack the cancerous cells. It is truly the next evolutionary leap in cancer treatment.
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GTBP Therapy Pipeline Highlights
OXS-1550: Treating Lymphoma and Leukemia
When OXS-1550 binds to cancer cells, the cancer cells internalize OXS-1550, and are killed due to the action of drug’s cytotoxic diphtheria toxin payload. OXS-1550 has demonstrated success in a Phase 1 human clinical trial in patients with relapsed/refractory B-cell lymphoma or leukemia.
The initial phase 1 study enrolled 25 patients (who) received at least a single course of therapy. The treatment at the higher doses produced objective tumor responses with one patient in continuous partial remission and the second in complete remission. Data from ongoing phase 2 expected in 2H ‘18.
OXS-3550: Treating Leukemia
The OXS-3550 IND will focus on AML, the most common form of adult leukemia with 21,000 new cases expected in 2017 alone (American Cancer Society). These patients will require frontline therapy, usually chemotherapy including cytarabine and an anthracycline, a therapy that has not changed in over 40 years.
OXS-1615 AND OXS-C3550: Treating Solid Tumors
This TetraKE is designed to kill not only the heterogeneous population of cancer cells found in solid tumors but also kill the cancer stem cells that are typically responsible for recurrences.
Other Offerings: Central Nervous System Therapies
GTP-011: Motion Sickness Treatment
GTP-011 is a 72-hour patch for which a patent application has been filed by GTP for the prevention of motion sickness, a well-known syndrome that typically involves nausea and vomiting in otherwise healthy people and that occurs upon exposure to certain types of motion.
PainBrake: Treating Neuropathic Pain
PainBrake® is a new patented formulation of carbamazepine (Tegretol®) that enables accurate dose fractionation for the treatment of neuropathic pain. An NIH-supported study estimated that almost 16 million Americans suffer from chronic neuropathic pain. Current drugs provide a useful degree of pain relief in only about half the patients.
GTP-004: Treating Myasthenia Gravis
GTP-004 is a fixed-dose combination tablet for the treatment of myasthenia gravis. Myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune disease of the neuromuscular junction characterized by muscle weakness. The prevalence of the disease in the United States is estimated at 14 to 20 per 100,000 population, approximately 36,000 to 60,000 cases in the U.S.
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