WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCPH), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on addressing key mechanisms of tumor drug resistance, today announced that it has initiated a Phase 3 clinical study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of DCC-2618, a pan-KIT and PDGFRα inhibitor, in patients with advanced gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST).
“We are extremely pleased to initiate the INVICTUS study with DCC-2618 in heavily pretreated GIST patients, specifically fourth-line and fourth-line plus patients,” said Michael D. Taylor, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Deciphera. “We expect to report top-line results in 2019 and, if successful, this pivotal Phase 3 study could serve as the basis for a New Drug Application (NDA), providing a much-needed therapeutic option for these patients for whom there are no approved treatments. We also plan to initiate a second Phase 3 study later this year evaluating DCC-2618 in second-line GIST patients who have progressed or are intolerant to front-line therapy with imitanib.”
“While effective treatments are available for patients with early-stage GIST, in 9 out 10 patients the disease will eventually progress due to the development of secondary drug resistance mutations,” said Professor Jean-Yves Blay, Medical Oncologist, General Director Centre Léon Bérard, Comprehensive cancer Centre of Lyon, France. “A therapy with the potential to provide broad coverage across the full spectrum of KIT and PDGFRα mutations would represent a much-needed improvement over currently approved treatment options for patients with later-stage GIST.”
Initiation of the INVICTUS study follows results from the ongoing Phase 1 clinical trial presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress in September 2017, in which durable disease control by DCC-2618 was observed in heavily pretreated patients with GIST.
INVICTUS Phase 3 Study
The INVICTUS Phase 3 clinical study is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, international, multicenter trial to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of DCC-2618 compared to placebo in patients with advanced GIST patients whose previous therapies have included imatinib, sunitinib, and regorafenib. The trial is expected to enroll approximately 120 patients randomized 2:1 to either 150 mg once daily of DCC-2618 or placebo. The primary efficacy endpoint is median progression free survival (PFS) as determined by independent radiologic review using modified Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST). Secondary endpoints as determined by independent radiologic review using modified RECIST include Objective Response Rate (ORR); Time to Tumor Progression (TTP); and Overall Survival (OS). See www.clinicaltrials.gov for further information (NCT03353753).
DCC-2618 is a pan-KIT and PDGFRα kinase switch control inhibitor in clinical development for the treatment of KIT and/or PDGFRα-driven cancers, including gastrointestinal stromal tumors, glioblastoma multiforme and systemic mastocytosis. DCC-2618 was specifically designed to improve the treatment of GIST patients by inhibiting the full spectrum of mutations in KIT and PDGFRα. DCC-2618 is a pan-KIT and pan-PDGFRα inhibitor that blocks initiating KIT mutations in exons 9, 11, 13, 14, 17, and 18, known to be present in GIST patients and the D816V exon 17 mutation known to be present in ASM patients. DCC-2618 inhibits PDGFRα mutations in exon 18, including the D842V mutation that drives a subset of GIST.
About Deciphera Pharmaceuticals
Deciphera Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on improving the lives of cancer patients by tackling key mechanisms of drug resistance that limit the rate and/or durability of response to existing cancer therapies. Our small molecule drug candidates are directed against an important family of enzymes called kinases, known to be directly involved in the growth and spread of many cancers. We use our deep understanding of kinase biology together with a proprietary chemistry library to purposefully design compounds that maintain kinases in a “switched off” or inactivated conformation. These investigational therapies comprise tumor-targeted agents designed to address therapeutic resistance causing mutations and immuno-targeted agents designed to control the activation of immunokinases that suppress critical immune system regulators, such as macrophages. We have used our platform to develop a diverse pipeline of tumor-targeted and immuno-targeted drug candidates designed to improve outcomes for patients with cancer by improving the quality, rate and/or durability of their responses to treatment.
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