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Celldex Ends Phase II Enrollment for Breast Cancer Candidate

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Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. (CLDX - Free Report) announced completion of enrollment in a phase IIb study — METRIC — evaluating lead pipeline candidate glembatumumab vedotin for treating patients with metastatic triple negative breast cancers.

Shares of Celldex have underperformed the industry year to date. The stock has massively plunged 34.4% versus the industry’s 6.9% gain during the period.

METRIC is a randomized phase IIb study which enrolled a total of 327 patients with the given indication. Patients in this trial are randomized 2 to 1 to either glembatumumab vedotin or to Roche Holding AG’s (RHHBY - Free Report) breast cancer drug, Xeloda (capecitabine).

The primary endpoint of the study is progression-free survival (PFS). Top-line data from the study is expected in second-quarter 2018.

We remind investors that another phase II study on glembatumumab vedotin is currently underway on patients with metastatic melanoma as a single agent. Data from the study was presented in June, at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Glembatumumab vedotin performed well in the single agent setting with 11% response rate, a 52% disease control rate and a median duration of response of six months in patients, having failed three or four prior lines of therapy. The study also includes two new cohorts, a glembatumumab plus varlilumab arm and a glembatumumab plus checkpoint inhibitor arm, including either Bristol-Myers Squibb Company’s (BMY - Free Report) Opdivo or Merck & Co, Inc.’s (MRK - Free Report) Keytruda.

Besides glembatumumab vedotin, Celldex’s pipeline comprises another important candidate, varlilumab. It is being evaluated in several phase I/II combination studies across multiple types of cancer.

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