BriaCell Therapeutics Corp. (Nasdaq: BCTX, BCTXW) (TSX-V:BCT) (“BriaCell” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biotechnology company specializing in targeted immunotherapies for advanced breast cancer and other cancers, presented clinical results from its lead clinical candidate Bria-IMT™ in a poster session held on December 8, 2021 during the 2021 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium® (SABCS) (the “Poster”).

The Poster submission was accepted by SABCS on September 15, 2021 and summarized the previously-disclosed Phase I/IIa clinical and pathological data from the clinical studies of the Bria-IMT™ regimen alone (the monotherapy studies) and the ongoing Phase I/IIa clinical study of Bria-IMT™ in combination with immune checkpoint inhibitors, including pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA®; manufactured by Merck & Co., Inc.) and, more recently, Incyte’s checkpoint inhibitor, retifanlimab.

Presentation Title: Overall Survival following treatment with a modified whole tumor cell targeted immunotherapy in patients with advanced breast cancerSession Date: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, December 8, 2021Session Title: Poster Session 2Poster Number: P2-14-02

Summarized Data: Thirty-four advanced breast cancer patients were treated with the Bria-IMT™ regimen:  26 in two monotherapy studies (the Bria-IMT™ regimen alone) and 12 in the combination study, with four patients transitioning from monotherapy to the combination study.

Patients had been heavily pre-treated and had a median of five or greater prior regimens.

Safety: The treatment was generally safe and well tolerated in both the monotherapy and the combination studies.

Disease Control: The disease control rate was 25% (n=4) and 30% (n=23) for the monotherapy studies and 33% (n=12) for the combination study. Complete tumor reduction of selected tumors was observed in several patients, including those with 2+ HLA loci matches with Bria-IMT™ and Grade I/II (i.e. moderately-well differentiated) tumors. For the evaluable Grade I/II patients, disease control was seen in 1/2 and 4/6 patients in the monotherapy studies and 3/4 patients in the combination study. This included two patients with partial responses (PR) according to RECIST criteria. Both patients with PR responses matched Bria-IMT™ at 2 HLA loci and both had Grade II disease, matching the tumor grade of the tumor Bria-IMT™ was derived from.

HLA-Typing:  Cells with HLA (human leukocyte antigen) molecules on their surface determine and trigger the body’s immune response. BriaCell’s immunotherapy treatment appears most effective when the patient’s HLA-type matches with Bria-IMT™, allowing BriaCell to potentially identify patients most likely to respond. HLA-typing is a simple and widely available test.  

Tumor Grade:  BriaCell has noted clinical benefit in its patients with grade I and grade II tumors, suggesting another subgroup of patients for whom BriaCell’s treatment would be most effective.

BriaCell Treatment 1   Leading Treatment Comparison 2
N = Filter Number of Prior Regimens Overall Survival (Months) vs. Number of Prior Regimens Overall Survival (Months)
7 Combination Therapy only 9 12.0   2 7.2 - 9.8
9 1+ HLA 8 12.1      
5 2+ HLA 5 13.4      
6 Tumor Grade I/II 12 12.5      
Patient 06-005 3 2 HLATumor Grade II 13 21.4      

1)  BriaCell treats severely sick patients, as indicated by the “Prior Regimens” column.  Patients from both the monotherapy and combination therapy are included unless otherwise indicated.2)  Overall survival of 7.2-9.8 months in similar patients with metastatic breast cancer who have failed two prior therapy attempts (i.e., third line setting); Kazmi S, et al. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2020 Aug 17.3)  Remarkable Responder highlighted; included within subsets “Tumor Grade I/II” and “2+ HLA”.

In summary, the overall survival was much higher in the patients in the combination study, suggesting an additive or synergistic effect and supporting our strategy of continuation with the combination study. The data supports both clinical and survival benefits in the patients who match Bria-IMT™ at one or more HLA loci and those with Grade I/II tumors in the combined studies, supporting the importance of these factors in the treatment efficacy and focusing on these subgroups of patients in the ongoing combination study.

A copy of the Poster will be posted on the Company’s website here: https://briacell.com/novel-technology/scientific-publications/.

About BriaCell Therapeutics Corp.

BriaCell is an immuno-oncology focused biotechnology company developing targeted and effective approaches for the management of cancer. More information is available at https://briacell.com/.

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Contact Information

Company Contact: William V. Williams, MDPresident & CEO 1-888-485-6340 info@briacell.com 

Media Relations: Jules Abraham Director of Public Relations CORE IR 917-885-7378 julesa@coreir.com

Investor Relations Contact: CORE IR investors@briacell.com

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