Ascentage Pharma (6855.HK), a global biopharmaceutical company engaged in developing novel therapies for cancers, chronic hepatitis B (CHB), and age-related diseases, today announced that it has entered into a clinical collaboration with Clover Biopharmaceuticals, Ltd. (or “Clover”; Stock Code: 2197.HK) to evaluate Ascentage Pharma’s APG-1387, a second mitochondria-derived activator of caspase (SMAC)-mimetic/inhibitor of apoptosis proteins (IAP) antagonist, in combination with Clover’s SCB-313, a recombinant human TRAIL-trimer fusion protein, in a Phase Ib/II study in patients advanced peritoneal carcinomatosis.
Ascentage Pharma and Clover will jointly conduct this open-label, multicenter, Phase Ib/II study to evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics/ pharmacodynamics (PK/PD), and efficacy of APG-1387 in combination with SCB-313 for the treatment of patients with primary or secondary peritoneal carcinomatosis from different primary tumor origins in China and Australia.
APG-1387 – IAP antagonist
Discovered and developed by Ascentage Pharma, APG-1387 is a potent and highly specific next-generation IAP antagonist and the first IAP antagonist entering clinical development in China. To advance the clinical development of APG-1387 globally, Ascentage Pharma has completed a Phase I dose-escalation for the treatment of solid tumors in China and Australia, and is currently conducting multiple clinical studies of APG-1387 combinations for the treatment of solid tumors in China and the US. Meanwhile, APG-1387 is also being evaluated in a Phase II study in patients with chronic hepatitis B (HBV) infections in China.
SCB-313 – TRAIL-trimer fusion protein
Clover’s SCB-313 is a trimeric fusion protein in clinical development for the treatment of intracavitary malignancies. Based on positive Phase I interim analyses, Clover plans to advance SCB-313 into a Phase II clinical trial for malignant ascities in the first half of 2022. SCB-313 is also in Phase I clinical trials for malignant pleural effusions and peritoneal carcinomatosis. Clover also plans to initiate new Phase I trials for SCB-313 in new indications, such as bladder cancer, in 2022.
Dr. Dajun Yang
Chairman & CEO of Ascentage Pharma
Safe and effective combination therapies represent an increasingly important approach in cancer treatment. We hope APG-1387 in combination with Clover’s SCB-313 will demonstrate synergistic effect. We look forward to working closely with Clover to advance this clinical collaboration which hopefully will offer a new treatment option to patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis.We look forward to working closely with Clover to advance this clinical collaboration which hopefully will offer a new treatment option to patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis.
CEO of Clover Biopharmaceuticals
Clover is excited to enter into this partnership with Ascentage Pharma to explore innovative treatment options and alternatives to surgery for patients suffering from peritoneal carcinomatosis. Combination treatment is a cornerstone of cancer therapy. By targeting different nodes within the apoptosis pathway, we believe the combination of SCB-313 and APG-1387 could provide a synergistic benefit to patients.
Ascentage Pharma focuses on developing therapeutics that inhibit protein-protein interactions to restore apoptosis, or programmed cell death. The company has built a pipeline of eight clinical drug candidates, including novel, highly potent Bcl-2, and dual Bcl-2/Bcl-xL inhibitors, as well as candidates aimed at IAP and MDM2-p53 pathways, and next-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). Ascentage Pharma is also the only company in the world with active clinical programs targeting all three known classes of key apoptosis regulators. The company is conducting more than 40 Phase I/II clinical trials in the US, Australia, Europe, and China. Olverembatinib, the company’s core drug candidate developed for the treatment of drug-resistant chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), was granted Priority Review status and a Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) by the Center for Drug Evaluation (CDE) of China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA), and is already approved for the indication. In addition, the olverembatinib was also granted an Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) and a Fast Track Designation (FTD) by the US FDA, and an Orphan Designation by the EU. To date, Ascentage Pharma has obtained a total of 12 ODDs from the US FDA and 1 ODD from the EU for four of the company’s investigational drug candidates. Ascentage Pharma has been designated for multiple Major National R&D Projects, including five National Major New Drug Discovery and Manufacturing projects, one New Drug Incubator status, four Innovative Drug Programs, and one Major Project for the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases.
Leveraging its robust R&D capabilities, Ascentage Pharma has built a portfolio of global intellectual property rights and entered into global partnerships with numerous renowned biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and research institutes such as UNITY Biotechnology, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, MSD, AstraZeneca, and Pfizer. The company has built a talented team with global experience in the discovery and development of innovative drugs and is setting up its world-class commercial manufacturing and Sales & Marketing teams. One pivotal aim of Ascentage Pharma is to continuously strengthen its R&D capabilities and accelerate its clinical development programs, in order to fulfil its mission of addressing unmet clinical needs in China and around the world for the benefit of more patients.
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