Other Names: HIVconsv vaccine vectored by ChAdV63 Drug Class: Therapeutic Vaccines Organization: University of Oxford Phase of Development: ChAdV63.HIVconsv is in Phase 2 development as a therapeutic vaccine. (ChAdV63.HIVconsv has also been studied for HIV prevention.)

(Compound details obtained from Treatment Action Group website1 and ClinicalTrials.gov2)


Mechanism of Action: Therapeutic vaccine. ChAdV63.HIVconsv is a therapeutic HIV vaccine based on an adenovirus vector.3 Therapeutic vaccines are being investigated as an immunotherapeutic approach to correcting HIV-associated immune dysfunction, such as impaired dendritic cell responses to HIV and suboptimal adaptive immune responses (including HIV-specific T cell responses).4–7 A therapeutic vaccine may potentially increase the effectiveness of ART, simplify ART regimens, or allow for periodic structured treatment interruptions. A successful therapeutic vaccine would either completely eradicate the virus or improve an individual’s immune response sufficiently to suppress viral replication without ART. In either case, a therapeutic vaccine would help to circumvent a lifetime of ART.8

The ChAdV63.HIVconsv vaccine is composed of a recombinant chimpanzee adenovirus serotype 63 (ChAdV63) vector, which is modified to ensure it is incapable of replication and nonpathogenic.3 The ChAdV63 vector carries a transgene (HIVconsv) encoding 14 HIV-1 Gag, Pol, Vif, and Env protein fragments, representing some of the most conserved segments of the HIV-1 genome across subtypes A, B, C, and D. ChAdV63.HIVconsv is designed to induce HIV-specific CD8 cell responses against the covered vaccine antigens.3,9,10 As a therapeutic vaccine, ChAdV63.HIVconsv has been studied as part of a prime-boost vaccine regimen, in which ChAdV63.HIVconsv functions as the priming component and an MVA.HIVconsv vaccine functions as the boosting component.11–13 ChAdV63.HIVconsv has also been evaluated in HIV prevention trials.2,14,15

In a recent Phase 2 eradication study (RIVER; NCT02336074), researchers investigated a kick and kill approach consisting of ART, the ChAdV63.HIVconsv prime and MVA.HIVconsv boost vaccines, and the latency-reversing agent vorinostat in individuals with primary HIV infection who were virologically suppressed. Although this vaccine regimen demonstrated significant HIV-specific cellular immunogenicity, this approach to treatment was no more effective than ART alone at reducing the size of latent HIV reservoirs.13,16

Select Clinical Trials

Study Identifiers: (1) BCN01; NCT01712425 and (2) BCN02-Romi; NCT02616874
Sponsor: IrsiCaixa
Phase: 1
Status: BCN01 and BCN02-Romi have both been completed.
Study Purpose:
  • BCN01 was an open-label trial that evaluated the safety and immunogenicity of the ChAdV63.HIVconsv and MVA.HIVconsv vaccines in individuals with recent HIV infection who had suppressed viral load levels on ART.
  • BCN02-Romi was an open-label rollover study that evaluated the impact of booster doses of MVA.HIVconsv plus the latency-reversing agent romidepsin on latent HIV reservoir size and on viral rebound following a treatment interruption of ART.
Study Population:
  • BCN01: Participants were adults with recently diagnosed HIV infection who had initiated ART with raltegravir + tenofovir DF/emtricitabine within 1 week of diagnosis. Participants were virologically suppressed within 6 months of initiating ART and had CD4 counts >350 cells/mm3.
  • BCN02-Romi: Participants had completed the BCN01 trial, had at least 3 years of virological suppression, and had CD4 counts ≥500 cells/mm3.11,12,17
Selected Study Results:
Study Identifiers: RIVER; NCT02336074
Sponsor: Imperial College London
Phase: 2
Status: This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Study Purpose: The purpose of this open-label, proof-of-concept study is to determine whether an approach that uses ART plus the ChAdV63.HIVconsv and MVA.HIVconsv vaccines plus vorinostat can lead to a greater reduction in the size of the latent HIV reservoir than using ART alone.
Study Population: Participants are adults who had received a diagnosis of acute HIV infection within 4 weeks of enrollment.13,18
Selected Study Results:

Adverse Events

BCN01 (NCT01712425):

In this Phase 1 study, 22 of 24 participants experienced local or systemic adverse events (AEs) after vaccination. Most of these AEs were Grade 1 or 2 in severity, and most of the AEs related to vaccination were transient and resolved within 3 days. Pain was the most commonly reported local AE following vaccination and occurred more frequently with MVA.HIVconsv than with ChAdV63.HIVconsv. The most common systemic AE after vaccination was malaise.19

RIVER (NCT02336074):

In this Phase 2 study, 29 of 30 participants (97%) who received ART, ChAdV63.HIVconsv, MVA.HIVconsv, and vorinostat experienced an AE. Seventy percent of these AEs were mild, 23% were moderate, and 3% were severe in intensity. In the ART-only arm, 22 of 30 participants (73%) experienced an AE, of which 33% were mild, 20% were moderate, and 20% were severe. No intervention-related serious adverse events were reported.13,16,18

Drug Interactions

Drug-drug interactions associated with ChAdV63.HIVconsv are currently unknown.


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  2. University of Oxford. A Phase I study to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of simultaneous prime-boost immunisations with candidate HCV and HIV-1 vaccines, AdCh3NSmut1 / ChAdV63.HIVconsv and MVA-NSmut / MVA.HIVconsv, in healthy volunteers. In: ClinicalTrials.gov. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US). Registered November 6, 2014. NLM Identifier: NCT02362217. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02362217. Accessed August 5, 2019
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  12. IrsiCaixa. An open label Phase I trial to evaluate the safety and effect of HIVconsv vaccines in combination with histone deacetylase inhibitor romidepsin on the viral rebound kinetic after treatment interruption in early treated HIV-1 infected individuals (BCN02-Romi). In: ClinicalTrials.gov. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US). Registered November 9, 2015. NLM Identifier: NCT02616874. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02616874. Accessed August 5, 2019
  13. Imperial College London. Research in viral eradication of HIV reservoirs. In: ClinicalTrials.gov. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US). Registered on October 23, 2014. NLM Identifier: NCT02336074. https://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02336074. Accessed August 5, 2019
  14. University of Oxford. A randomized single-blind placebo-controlled study to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of three candidate HIV-1 vaccines, pSG2.HIVconsv DNA, ChAdV63.HIVconsv and MVA.HIVconsv, administered in combination to healthy HIV 1 uninfected adults. In: ClinicalTrials.gov. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US). Registered June 24, 2010. NLM Identifier: NCT01151319. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01151319. Accessed August 5, 2019
  15. University College, London. A randomised double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase I/IIa trial to investigate the effect of depletion of serum amyloid P component (SAP) on the immune response to DNA vaccination in healthy male volunteers. In: ClinicalTrials.gov. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US). Registered April 29, 2013. NLM Identifier: NCT02425241. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02425241. Accessed August 5, 2019
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Last Reviewed: August 5, 2019