BURLINGAME, Calif., Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cleave Biosciences today announced that it has begun a Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate its lead drug candidate, CB-5083, in patients with advanced solid tumors. CB-5083 is a first-in-class, oral inhibitor of p97, a critical enzyme that controls various aspects of protein homeostasis. P97 inhibition is a novel approach that has the potential to treat a wide range of cancers, including both solid tumors and hematologic malignancies. CB-5083 is also being studied in a Phase 1 trial in patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma.
In the dose escalation part of the Phase 1 open-label trial, the safety, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of CB-5083 will be evaluated in patients with advanced solid tumors who have progressed, are non-responsive to available therapies or for whom no standard therapy exists. In the dose expansion part of the study, anti-tumor activity will be assessed in two parallel arms, one focusing on patients with advanced pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs) and a second focusing on patients with tumors carrying K-RAS mutations. Preclinical and clinical data suggest that a subset of K-RAS mutated tumors and pNETs are particularly sensitive to inhibitors of protein homeostasis pathways including CB-5083. Cleave expects to enroll up to 75 patients in the whole study at multiple U.S. cancer centers. More information about the trial, including enrolling centers, is available by visiting www.clinicaltrials.gov (identifier NCT02243917) or www.cleavebio.com.
"Targeting protein homeostasis has been validated by the clinical and commercial success of VELCADE® (bortezomib) and KYPROLIS® (carfilzomib) in multiple myeloma; however these agents are generally not effective in solid tumors owing to both chemistry and pharmacology limitations. Cleave has demonstrated impressive activity with CB-5083 in a wide range of solid tumor xenograft models where the 'omibs have little to no activity. This Phase 1 study will enable us to hone in on the solid tumors that are dependent on the p97 pathway for growth and survival and therefore will be more likely to respond to CB-5083 treatment," said Laura Shawver, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Cleave Biosciences.
CB-5083 is derived from a compound initially synthesized by the Specialized Chemistry Center at the University of Kansas, which is part of the National Institutes of Health's Molecular Libraries Program. Cleave's discovery partners also include Tsui-Fen Chou, Ph.D. from the laboratory of Raymond J. Deshaies, Ph.D., who is Professor of Biology, California Institute of Technology, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and a Scientific Founder of Cleave Biosciences; and The Scripps Research Institute, also a member of the Molecular Libraries Program.
About Cleave Biosciences
Biopharmaceutical company Cleave Biosciences is a pioneer in the discovery and development of drugs that target protein homeostasis systems and have the potential to transform the treatment of people with difficult to treat solid tumors and hematologic malignancies. The company is privately held and located in Burlingame, California. For additional information, visit www.cleavebio.com.
Laura Shawver, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
SOURCE Cleave Biosciences