SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Emtora Biosciences, a privately-held, clinical stage life science company developing eRapaTM for the prevention of cancer progression today announced a poster presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium to be held in Orlando, FL, February 6-8. Emtora’s core technology incorporates submicron rapamycin particles into a pH-sensitive polymer, improving bioavailability and allowing for consistent and lower dosing than generic rapamycin. Emtora was awarded a grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) in 2019 to continue the advancement of eRapa in a Phase 2a trial, which is scheduled to begin in April 2020.
“We are pleased to share data from our first-in-human trial of eRapa at the ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium this year,” commented George Peoples, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Emtora Biosciences. “The trial results are an important validation of eRapa’s potential to positively impact the immune system at low and/or intermittent doses and provide valuable safety, tolerability, and dosing information for the company’s upcoming Phase 2a efficacy study.”
The poster features results of the company’s Phase 1b trial of eRapa in 14 low grade prostate cancer (PCa) patients. eRapa capitalizes on the potential of partial and/or intermittent inhibition of the mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) to act as a cancer immuno-oncology and chemopreventative agent. In patients with low-grade PCa, treatment with low dose eRapa was found to be safe and well-tolerated. The dose of 0.5mg daily produced predictable, low, and stable blood concentration levels through the duration of treatment and resulted in a positive immune impact by enhancing CD8+ memory T cells. Further investigation with low dose and/or intermittent dosing of eRapa as a preventive agent in PCa and other indications will be required to establish clinical benefit. The poster is currently available on the conference website.
Poster Presentation Details
Title: Results of a Phase 1b Trial of Encapsulated Rapamycin in Prostate Cancer Patients Under Active Surveillance to Prevent Progression
Presenting Author: Phillip Kemp Bohan, MD
Session Information: Poster Session A
Abstract Number: 34
Date: February 6, 2020, 11:30AM-1:00PM and 6:00PM-7:00PM
About Emtora Biosciences
Emtora Biosciences is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. The company holds the exclusive license to eRapa, an improved formulation of rapamycin originally developed at UT Health San Antonio that is being investigated to prevent cancer and other age-related medical conditions. Emtora is strategically developing and commercializing eRapa for indications where there are serious unmet medical needs. More information is available at www.emtorabio.com.
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