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 the presentation of updated data from its ongoing Phase 1 clinical trial of DCC-2618, the Company’s broad spectrum KIT and PDGFRα inhibitor, in patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST). Filip Janku, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center presented the poster titled “Pharmacokinetic (PK), safety, and tolerability profile of DCC-2618 in a phase 1 trial supports 150 mg QD (once daily) selected for a pivotal phase 3 trial in gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST)” at the 2018 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. The poster includes an assessment of the safety and tolerability profile of DCC-2618 in 100 GIST patients treated at the recommended Phase 2 dose (RP2D) of 150 mg QD, which supports the selection of this dose for the ongoing pivotal, randomized Phase 3 INVICTUS study (NCT03353753).
“The data presented at AACR provides a robust assessment of the safety and tolerability profile of DCC-2618 in GIST patients at the 150 mg QD dose selected for the INVICTUS pivotal Phase 3 study in fourth-line and fourth line plus GIST, which we initiated in January 2018,” said Michael D. Taylor, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Deciphera. “If successful, the INVICTUS 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 treatment options. We also plan to initiate a second Phase 3 registration study later this year, evaluating DCC-2618 in second-line GIST patients who have progressed, or are intolerant to front-line therapy with imatinib.”
The poster presentation includes the following highlights:
- Safety and tolerability of DCC-2618 on 100 GIST patients treated at the 150 mg QD dose out of the total of 169 patients treated with DCC-2618, as of the cut-off date of January 18, 2018.
- As of March 19, 2018, 81 of 137 GIST patients enrolled at the cut-off date and treated at 100 mg or more per day, remained on study treatment. In addition, 46 patients were treated for more than 6 months, including 10 patients who were treated for more than 12 months.
- Employing a population pharmacokinetic (PK) model based on steady state exposure to DCC-2618 and the active metabolite, DP-5439, increasing doses of DCC-2618 resulted in dose proportional increases in the combined exposure.
- Preliminary data from the 12 GIST patients dose escalated from 150 mg QD to 150 mg BID following progression by RECIST (Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors) are immature and do not currently support a conclusion regarding a benefit from intra-patient dose escalation.
- Based on the 100 GIST patients treated at the RP2D dose of 150 mg QD, DCC-2618 was well-tolerated, supporting the use of this dose in the pivotal, randomized Phase 3 trial, INVICTUS (NCT03353753).
DCC-2618 is a KIT and PDGFRα kinase switch control inhibitor in clinical development for the treatment of KIT and/or PDGFRα-driven cancers, including gastrointestinal stromal tumors, systemic mastocytosis and glioblastoma multiforme. DCC-2618 was specifically designed to improve the treatment of GIST patients by inhibiting a broad spectrum of mutations in KIT and PDGFRα. DCC-2618 is a KIT and PDGFRα inhibitor that blocks initiating KIT mutations in exons 9, 11, 13, 14, 17, and 18, involved in GIST as well as the primary D816V exon 17 mutation involved in SM. DCC-2618 also inhibits primary PDGFRα mutations in exons 12, 14, and 18, including the exon 18 D842V mutation, involved in 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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