BARCELONA, SPAIN and CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwired - January 09, 2017) - Oryzon Genomics (MAD: ORY) (ISIN Code: ES0167733015), a public clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company leveraging epigenetics to develop therapies in diseases with strong unmet medical need, announced that the first patient has been treated in the Phase I study of RG6016, a LSD1 inhibitor, in small cell lung cancer (SCLC). This clinical trial is executed by Roche.
Roche has started a dose finding and expansion study of RG6016 administered orally in participants with relapsed, extensive-stage disease small cell lung cancer (ED SCLC). The study initially will be conducted in several European countries and Canada. (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02913443)
This is a Phase I, open-label, multicenter study designed to assess the safety and tolerability of RG6016 in participants with relapsed ED SCLC. This dose escalation and expansion study plans to determine the maximum tolerated dose and/or optimal biological dose as a recommended Phase 2 dose for RG6016, based on the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profiles observed after oral administration of the drug.
Roche licensed in the global development and commercial rights to RG6016, previously known as ORY-1001 in 2014. After completion of the first trial in Acute Leukemia, sponsored by Oryzon and currently in the process of final data analysis and closing, Roche is solely responsible for the further clinical development of RG6016. Preliminary efficacy data obtained in the Phase IIA arm of this first clinical study in Leukemia was presented at the ASH meeting in San Diego last December.
RG6016, previously known as ORY-1001, is a highly potent and selective oral epigenetic inhibitor that modulates LSD1, a histone demethylase that removes ("erases") signals in the histone, provoking changes in the reading context of the chromosome and turning off genes. Aberrant "erasing" activity may lead to disease. LSD1 has been related with several malignancies such as solid tumours and haematological diseases. In Leukemia RG6016 affects AML stem cells, a sub-population of cancer cells that has been proposed to be responsible for frequent relapses of the disease. RG6016 also significantly reduces tumour cell load and increases survival time in mouse models of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. LSD1 inhibition has been proposed as a meaningful therapeutic option, alone or in combination, in several solid tumors such as SCLC. RG6016 is part of the worldwide collaboration signed between Oryzon and Roche on April 2014.
About Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC)
Small cell lung cancer is an aggressive form of cancer that accounts for approximately 15 percent of all lung cancers. SCLC is a difficult to treat cancer and the five-year survival rate for extensive-stage SCLC is less than 5 percent. Current treatment options are unfortunately limited for the more than 234,000 people diagnosed annually and survival in refractory settings is typically less than one year, exemplifying the need for more effective therapeutics.
Founded in 2000 in Barcelona, Spain, Oryzon (ISIN Code: ES0167733015) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company considered as the European champion in Epigenetics. The company has one of the strongest portfolios in the field and a clinical asset already partnered with Roche. Oryzon's LSD1 program is currently covered by +20 patent families and has rendered two compounds in clinical trials. In addition, Oryzon has ongoing programs for developing inhibitors against other epigenetic targets. The company has a strong technological platform for biomarker identification and performs biomarker and target validation for a variety of malignant and neurodegenerative diseases. Oryzon's strategy is to develop first in class compounds against novel epigenetic targets through Phase II clinical trials, at which point it is decided on a case-by-case basis to either keep the development in-house or to partner or outlicense the compound for late stage development and commercialization. The company has offices in Barcelona and Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.oryzon.com.
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