FluoGuide selects lung cancer as the next indication for FG001 and will initiate phase II trial in the beginning of 2022
November 10, 2021
FluoGuide now broadens the clinical potential for fluorescence-guided cancer surgery with FG001 to include the first prevalent indication – lung cancer. FluoGuide will initiate the phase II trial in collaboration with Department of Cardiothoracic at Rigshospitalet in Denmark. As announced in October 2021, FG001 was safe and well tolerated in 27 patients with high grade glioma enabling the expansion into other cancer indications.
The phase II trial is designed to enrol up to 24 patients. The primary endpoint is sensitivity defined as the number of patients, where FG001 lights up the cancer. FluoGuide expects the patients to be enrolled during 2022 and top line results to be available late 2022.
FluoGuide has selected the lung indication mainly due to: A high unmet need, evidence of a high concentration of uPAR expression in the lungs and that surgeons are familiar with using endoscopes during surgery.
Globally, 2.2 million individuals are diagnosed with lung cancers annually and 1.8 million patients die every year with lung cancer. It is the second most commonly diagnosed type of cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in 2020. Today, lung cancer is typically diagnosed when the cancer already has spread being an important reason for its high mortality. Clinical trials have shown that screening programs increase the survival by identifying patients with lung cancer earlier. These trials have demonstrated that screening leads to increased number of patients diagnosed with early-stage cancer – approx. 80% compared to approx. 40% in non-screened population, and hence improving the survival for patients diagnosed with lung cancer. This is the motivation for implementing screening programs for patients at high risk of lung cancer. Accordingly, implementation of screening programs for lung cancer are underway in major countries like USA.
For patients diagnosed with localized or loco-regional cancer, which means the cancer has not spread outside of the lung, surgery is an essential treatment for intended complete removal of the cancer. Identifying cancer early will therefore increase the number of patients relevant for surgery and the demand for a product that can guide the surgeon is likely to follow.
“The selection of the lung as the second indication for FG001 is a very important step for us” says Morten Albrechtsen, CEO and continues “We have seen early positive data in our brain cancer trial, and by starting in a more prevalent indication, as lung cancer, we are adding significant value to our clinical potential. Furthermore, in the ongoing trial we saw a lung cancer metastasis lighting up just as well as the glioma cancers. This is very encouraging”