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Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals and MD Anderson Cancer Center Announce Strategic Alliance to Study Novel Cyclacel Medicines in Hematological Malignancies
MD Anderson will conduct four clinical studies with a total projected enrollment of up to 170 patients, which will investigate CYC065, CYC140 and sapacitabine either as single agents or in combination with approved drugs. The collaboration leverages MD Anderson’s expertise in clinical development of drugs for hematological malignancies and Cyclacel’s novel drug portfolio that is based on the Company’s knowledge of cell cycle biology and mechanisms of cancer cell resistance to medicines.
“MD Anderson is committed to identifying and evaluating innovative therapies to benefit patients with life-threatening hematological malignancies,” said
“We are excited to expand our partnership with this alliance and advance the clinical development of CYC065 (our lead program), CYC140 and sapacitabine,” said
Under the risk-sharing agreement MD Anderson will assume the patient costs for all studies and Cyclacel, who is the sponsor, will provide investigational drugs and other limited support. Upon first commercial sale in specific indications studied in the alliance, Cyclacel will make certain payments to MD Anderson.
The first study will be a Phase 1b trial evaluating a combination of CYC065, a cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK2/9) inhibitor with venetoclax, an approved drug targeting the Bcl-2 protein, in patients with relapsed or refractory CLL. The second study will be a Phase 1, first-in-human evaluation of CYC140, a Polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1) inhibitor, in patients with advanced leukemias or MDS. Both studies have received institutional review board (IRB) approval. Two further protocols evaluating combinations of CYC065 and sapacitabine either as single agents or in combination with approved agents are in development.
About MD Anderson
CYC065, a second generation CDK2/9 inhibitor, has been evaluated in a first-in-human, Phase 1 trial in patients with advanced solid tumors and a recommended Phase 2 dose established. The study demonstrated that CYC065 durably suppresses Mcl-1, a member of the Bcl-2 family of survival proteins. CYC065 is under investigation in combination with other anticancer drugs, including Bcl-2 inhibitors such as venetoclax, or HER2 inhibitors such as trastuzumab. Preclinical data show that CYC065 may benefit adults and children with hematological malignancies, including acute myeloid leukemias (AML), acute lymphocytic leukemias (ALL), and in particular leukemias with rearrangement of the Mixed Lineage Leukemia gene (MLL-r), chronic lymphocytic leukemias (CLL), B-cell lymphomas, multiple myelomas, and patients with certain solid tumors, including breast and uterine cancers, and neuroblastomas.
CYC140 is a novel, small molecule, selective polo-like-kinase 1 (PLK1) inhibitor. CYC140 is differentiated from other PLK1 inhibitors, demonstrating potent and selective target inhibition and high activity in xenograft models of human cancers when dosed orally at non-toxic doses. CYC140 has completed IND-enabling studies, funded by a grant of approximately
Sapacitabine (CYC682), an orally-available nucleoside analogue, is currently being studied in an ongoing, extension of a Phase 1 study evaluating a combination regimen of sapacitabine and seliciclib, a first generation CDK inhibitor. Parts 1 and 2 of the study evaluated approximately 90 patients with advanced cancers. Part 3 is ongoing in patients with BRCA positive, breast, ovarian and pancreatic cancer. Over 1,000 patients with hematological malignancies and solid tumors have received sapacitabine.
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