FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s Merck KGaA said it would start a new study testing its experimental lung cancer vaccine Stimuvax, which fell through in a previous late-stage trial.
Merck said on Tuesday it would test the drug, which it licensed from U.S. biotech firm Oncothyreon, on patients with locally advanced Stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which cannot be surgically removed.
Stimuvax, also known as Tecemotide, failed to improve survival in a pivotal study in December, dealing a blow to the company and the high-risk field of using vaccines to fight tumours.
Merck said on Tuesday that data from an analysis of a predefined patient subgroup in this trial, however, showed some promise.
(Reporting by Ludwig Burger)