EPI-7386 in combination with enzalutamide was safe and well-tolerated at the doses tested with clinically relevant drug exposures and deep and durable prostate specific antigen ("PSA") reductions observed in five of six patients
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, California and VANCOUVER, Canada, Oct. 26, 2022 /CNW/ - ESSA Pharma Inc. ("ESSA", or the "Company") (NASDAQ: EPIX), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing novel therapies for the treatment of prostate cancer, today announced the presentation of updated clinical data from the first two cohorts of the Phase 1/2 study of ESSA's lead candidate EPI-7386 in combination with enzalutamide in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer ("mCRPC"). Data will be presented in a poster format at the 2022 Prostate Cancer Foundation ("PCF") Scientific Retreat, taking place October 27-29, 2022 in Carlsbad, CA.
In the multicenter, open-label Phase 1/2 dose escalation study, seven mCRPC patients naïve to second generation antiandrogens were enrolled in the first two cohorts, with escalating doses of EPI-7386 and a fixed 120mg once a day (QD) dose of enzalutamide. The study permitted one prior line of chemotherapy. Pharmacokinetic results from these first two cohorts demonstrated that enzalutamide exposure was minimally impacted by EPI-7386 while exposures of EPI-7386 were reduced by coadministration with enzalutamide, but remained in the clinically relevant range as suggested by preclinical xenograft studies. The safety of the combination was favorable with a safety profile consistent with second-generation antiandrogens and no dose limiting toxicities observed. One of the patients in the first cohort discontinued after one cycle of dosing due to a strong CYP3A inducer concomitant medication which lowered exposures to both EPI-7386 and enzalutamide and was therefore not evaluable for efficacy. Anti-tumor activity in the remaining six patients enrolled demonstrated that four of six of these patients achieved a PSA90 by 12 weeks of dosing and five of six patients to date have achieved a PSA90.
"We are encouraged by the rapid and deep PSA responses observed in the dose escalation study of EPI-7386 in combination with enzalutamide," stated David Parkinson, M.D., President and CEO of ESSA. "The therapies continue to be safe and well-tolerated, and pharmacokinetic results demonstrate enzalutamide exposure was minimally impacted by EPI-7386 as expected. We are currently enrolling a third dose escalation cohort as we optimize the therapeutic dose of EPI-7386 in the combination study in preparation for Phase 2."
Two additional posters will be presented at the conference highlighting updated results from the first-in-human Phase 1a dose escalation study of EPI-7386 as a monotherapy in mCRPC patients failing current second-generation antiandrogens and preclinical data on ESSA's first-in-class N-terminal domain androgen receptor protein degrader ("ANITAC"™) program.
Presentation details are as follows:
Title: Oral EPI-7386 in Patients with Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer: Results from the First-in-Human Dose Escalation Phase 1a Study
Authors: Andrew Laccetti, et al.
Title: Phase 1/2 Study of EPI-7386 in Combination with Enzalutamide (Enz) Compared with Enz Alone in Subjects with Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer (mCRPC): Preliminary Results from the Phase 1 (P1) Dose-optimization Component of the Study
Authors: Andrew Laccetti, et al.
Title: Advances in the Development of a Targeted N-Terminal Domain Androgen Receptor Degrader (ANITAC) for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer
Authors: Nan Hyung Hong, et al.
The three posters are available on the 2022 PCF Scientific Retreat website and on the "Publications" section of the Company's website at www.essapharma.com.
EPI-7386 is an investigational, highly-selective, oral, small molecule inhibitor of the N-terminal domain of the androgen receptor. EPI-7386 is currently being studied in a Phase 1 clinical trial (NCT04421222) in men with castration-resistant prostate cancer ("CRPC") whose tumors have progressed on standard-of-care therapies. The U.S. FDA has granted Fast Track designation to EPI-7386 for the treatment of adult male patients with mCRPC resistant to standard-of-care treatment. ESSA is also conducting a Phase 1/2 clinical trial (NCT05075577) of EPI-7386 in combination with enzalutamide in metastatic CRPC patients who have not yet been treated with second-generation antiandrogen therapies. ESSA retains all rights to EPI-7386 worldwide.
ESSA is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing novel and proprietary therapies for the treatment of patients with prostate cancer. For more information, please visit www.essapharma.comand follow us on Twitter under @ESSAPharma.
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