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Mar 12, 2021

Aravive to Present Phase 1b Data Evaluating AVB-500 in Platinum Resistant Ovarian Cancer at 2021 Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting

HOUSTON, March 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aravive, Inc. (Nasdaq:ARAV), a clinical-stage oncology company developing transformative therapeutics, today announced that updated data from its Phase 1b trial evaluating AVB-500 in platinum resistant ovarian cancer (PROC) will be presented at the 2021 Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer. Additionally, a trial in progress poster will be presented on an open label Phase 1/2 investigator-sponsored trial of AVB-500 in combination with durvalumab in patients with platinum resistant, recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer. The meeting is being held virtually on March 19-25, 2021.

Oral Presentation Details:
Title:  Phase 1 Study of GAS6/AXL Inhibitor (AVB-500) in Recurrent, Platinum Resistant Ovarian Carcinoma
Presenter:  Katherine Fuh, MD, Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University School of Medicine
Date:  March 19, 2021
Time:  2:35 PM CT
Session:  Scientific Plenary I: Innovation and Progress in Gynecologic Oncology
Poster Presentation Details:
Title:  Phase I/II study of AVB-S6-500 in Combination with Durvalumab (MEDI4736) in Patients with Platinum-Resistant, Recurrent Epithelial Ovarian Cancer
Authors:  Emily Hinchcliff, Shannon N. Westin, Virginia Bayer, Weiyi Peng, Linghua Wang, Bryan Fellman, Ying Yuan, Anil Sood, Karen Lu, Amir Jazaeri
Date:  March 19-25, 2021
Time:  8:00 PM – 11:00 PM CT
Session:  TiP Poster Session

“Results from the Phase 1b trial evaluating AVB-500 in PROC, for which new treatment options are urgently needed, are very encouraging in light of the improved progression free survival and duration of response, coupled with the tolerable safety profile,” said Reshma Rangwala, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer of Aravive. “We remain focused on advancing the ongoing pivotal Phase 3 trial of AVB-500 to address the unmet needs of patients with ovarian cancer.”        

For additional information, please visit the Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer website:

About AVB-500
AVB-500 is a therapeutic recombinant fusion protein that has been shown to neutralize GAS6 activity by binding to GAS6 with very high affinity in preclinical models. In doing so, AVB-500 selectively inhibits the GAS6-AXL signaling pathway, which is upregulated in multiple cancer types including ovarian cancer and clear cell renal cancer. In preclinical studies, GAS6-AXL inhibition has shown anti-tumor activity in combination with a variety of anticancer therapies, including radiation therapy, immuno-oncology agents, and chemotherapeutic drugs that affect DNA replication and repair. Increased expression of AXL and GAS6 in tumors has been correlated with poor prognosis and decreased survival and has been implicated in therapeutic resistance to conventional chemotherapeutics and targeted therapies. AVB-500 is currently being evaluated in clinical trials and has been granted Fast Track Designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in platinum resistant recurrent ovarian cancer. Analysis of all safety data to date showed that AVB-500 has been generally well-tolerated with no dose-limiting toxicities or unexpected safety signals.

About Aravive
Aravive, Inc. is a clinical-stage oncology company developing transformative therapeutics designed to halt the progression of life-threatening diseases. Aravive is based in Houston, Texas and received a Product Development Award from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) in 2016. Aravive’s lead product candidate, AVB-500, is an ultra-high affinity decoy protein that targets the GAS6-AXL signaling pathway associated with tumor cell growth. Aravive successfully completed a Phase 1b trial of AVB-500 in platinum resistant ovarian cancer and has initiated a registrational Phase 3 trial of AVB-500 at a dose of 15 mg/kg. While the Phase 1b trial of AVB-500 in platinum resistant ovarian cancer was a safety trial and not powered to demonstrate efficacy, all 5 patients in the 15 mg/kg cohort experienced clinical benefit, with 1 complete response, 2 partial responses, and 2 stable disease. For more information, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements
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