NuCana Presents Promising Data on NUC-7738 at the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Annual Meeting 2022
- NUC-7738 Demonstrates Encouraging Anti-Tumor Activity and a Favorable Safety Profile Across a Variety of Solid Tumors
- NUC-7738 Monotherapy and Combination with Pembrolizumab to be Investigated in Phase 2
PARIS, Sept. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NuCana plc (NASDAQ: NCNA) announced data today from the ongoing NuTide:701 study of NUC-7738 in an oral presentation at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Annual Meeting.
Oral 455MO: NUC-7738 in Patients with Advanced Solid Tumors- Phase 1 results from the NuTide:701 Phase 1 / 2 Study
Data on NUC-7738 from the Phase 1 part of NuTide:701 showed encouraging signals of anti-tumor activity across a range of tumor types, particularly melanoma. Promising data were observed in a variety of solid tumors with numerous patients staying on treatment for extended periods, including one patient with metastatic melanoma who became eligible for complete surgical resection following eleven months of treatment with NUC-7738. NUC-7738 also had a favorable safety profile with low rates of treatment-related AEs (TRAEs), very few Grade 3 TRAEs and no patients experiencing Grade 4 or 5 TRAEs.
Dr. Stefan Symeonides, Senior Lecturer in Experimental Cancer Medicine at the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre and lead author of the ESMO presentation, said: “NUC-7738 has shown an excellent safety profile and encouraging signals of anti-tumor activity in this study which is enrolling patients who have exhausted all standard therapies. We are excited to further investigate the activity of NUC-7738 in melanoma and other tumor types.”
“We remain very encouraged by what we have observed with NUC-7738,” said Hugh S. Griffith. “NUC-7738’s precise mode of action of disrupting RNA polyadenylation in cancer cells thereby altering the expression of genes associated with key cellular processes is very exciting. The positive signals observed in Part 1 of the NuTide:701 study, combined with NUC-7738’s differentiated mode of action, provide a strong scientific rationale to expedite its development and enrich the Phase 2 part of the study for patients with melanoma. This part of the study will also include a cohort combining NUC-7738 with pembrolizumab, which is a standard of care for melanoma patients. We have begun enrolling patients into the Phase 2 part of the study and look forward to sharing these data.”
NUC-7738 is a phosphoramidate transformation of 3'-deoxyadenosine (3'-dA), also known as cordycepin. 3’-dA has demonstrated potent anti-cancer activity in non-clinical studies, but has not been successfully developed as an anti-cancer agent due to its rapid breakdown by adenosine deaminase (ADA). NUC-7738 is designed to generate the active anti-cancer metabolite of 3’-dA directly inside cancer cells, thus overcoming 3’-dA's key limitations of breakdown, transportation and activation. The cytotoxic effect of NUC-7738 is largely attributed to the generation of the main active anti-cancer metabolite, 3'-dATP which interferes with RNA polyadenylation, causing changes in the expression of genes involved in various cellular processes, leading to cancer cell death.
NuCana is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on significantly improving treatment outcomes for patients with cancer by applying our ProTide technology to transform some of the most widely prescribed chemotherapy agents, nucleoside analogs, into more effective and safer medicines. While these conventional agents remain part of the standard of care for the treatment of many solid and hematological tumors, they have significant shortcomings that limit their efficacy and they are often poorly tolerated. Utilizing our proprietary technology, we are developing new medicines, ProTides, designed to overcome the key limitations of nucleoside analogs and generate much higher concentrations of anti-cancer metabolites in cancer cells. NuCana’s pipeline includes NUC-3373 and NUC-7738. NUC-3373 is a new chemical entity derived from the nucleoside analog 5-fluorouracil, a widely used chemotherapy agent. NUC-3373, in combination with other agents, is in a Phase 1b/2 study in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. NuCana has also initiated a randomized Phase 2 study of NUC-3373, in combination with other agents, for the second-line treatment of patients with advanced colorectal cancer. In addition, NuCana has initiated a Phase 1b/2 modular study of NUC-3373 in combination with other agents, including a PD-1 inhibitor, in patients with advanced solid tumors to identify additional indications for development. NUC-7738 is a transformation of 3’-deoxyadenosine, a novel anti-cancer nucleoside analog. NUC-7738 is in the Phase 2 part of a Phase 1/2 study in patients with advanced solid tumors which is evaluating NUC-7738 as a monotherapy and in combination with a PD-1 inhibitor.
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