TAMPA, Fla. & MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Biovest International, Inc. (OTCQB: BVTI), a majority-owned subsidiary of Accentia Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB: ABPI), today announced that an article was published in HemOnc Today, reporting on the promise of Biovest’s BiovaxID® personalized cancer vaccine for the treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an incurable form of blood cancer.
The article, titled, “Follicular Lymphoma Vaccine Specifically Targets Tumor Cells, Offers Individualized Treatment”, includes an interview with Biovest’s clinical consultant, Larry W. Kwak, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman of the Department of Lymphoma/Myeloma, Division of Cancer Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX).
According to the article, “This vaccine (BiovaxID) opens new doors because, as great a drug as rituximab is, even in combination with chemotherapy, it does not cure patients with follicular lymphoma,” Dr. Kwak said. “The ultimate goal of curing patients is still an unmet need. This vaccine, in combination with chemotherapy and rituximab, has the potential to achieve that goal of curing patients.” Dr. Kwak was named to TIME Magazine’s “Top 100 – Most Influential People in the World” list in 2010 for his work on BiovaxID.
The complete HemOnc Today article can be accessed in the Media Center at Biovest's corporate website at: http://www.biovest.com/investor-relations/media-center
Biovest's lead drug product is BiovaxID®, an autologous active immunotherapy (personalized cancer vaccine) for the treatment of certain B-cell subtypes of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, an incurable form of blood cancer. Over the past decade, two Phase II clinical trials and a Phase III clinical trial have demonstrated strong and cumulative evidence with regards to BiovaxID vaccination’s safety and efficacy. With regards to safety, all clinical trials to date demonstrate that BiovaxID vaccination is highly safe and poses a nearly vanishingly small toxicity risk relative to approved anti-lymphoma agents. Moreover, BiovaxID provides substantial and durable clinical efficacy with the Phase III clinical trial demonstrating that BiovaxID significantly improves disease-free survival in follicular lymphoma and the Phase II mantle cell lymphoma clinical trial demonstrating that BiovaxID induces strong idiotype-specific T-cell responses which strongly correlate with highly-statistically significant overall survival.
About Biovest International, Inc.
Biovest International, Inc. is an emerging leader in the field of active personalized immunotherapies. In collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, Biovest has developed a patient-specific, cancer vaccine, BiovaxID®, with three clinical trials completed, including a Phase III study, demonstrating evidence of safety and efficacy for the treatment of indolent follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Headquartered in Tampa, Florida with its bio-manufacturing facility based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Biovest is publicly-traded on the OTCQB™ Market with the stock-ticker symbol “BVTI”, and is a majority-owned subsidiary of Accentia Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB: “ABPI”).
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Biovest International, Inc.
Douglas Calder, 813-864-2558
Vice President, Strategic Planning & Capital Markets
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