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Purdue Pharma L.P. Announces Successful Completion of First-in-Human Study for Oncology Therapy Candidate Tinostamustine

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Purdue Pharma L.P. today announced successful completion of a first-in-human Phase 1 dose escalation study of tinostamustine in patients with relapsed or refractory hematological malignancies for which there are no available therapies. The study evaluated the safety and pharmacokinetics, and sought to determine the maximum tolerated dose and inform a Phase 2 dose of tinostamustine.

The multi-acting therapy candidate tinostamustine, previously known as EDO-S101, is a novel and potentially first-in-class alkylating deacetylase inhibitor (AK-DACi) therapy being studied for its potential to improve access to the DNA strands within cancer cells, break them, and counteract the cancer cells’ attempt to repair the DNA damage. It is in development for a range of rare or difficult to treat blood cancers and solid tumors. Based on the results of this Phase I human trial, Purdue will support advancement of tinostamustine into further clinical studies.

“We are pleased with the outcome of this promising early stage oncology program and we believe it has the potential to make meaningful clinical contributions in areas with significant unmet needs,” said Craig Landau, MD, president and CEO, Purdue Pharma. “In addition to our established commitments in oncology and neuroscience, we are actively seeking opportunities to collaborate across a number of therapeutic areas as part of our ongoing efforts to diversify our scientific research and bring therapies to market that may improve outcomes for patients.”

The reported completion of this study is the first clinical update since Purdue announced in November 2017 significant oncology-related investments to establish a portfolio of drug candidates with the potential to deliver new cancer therapies, in areas of high unmet medical need, to physicians and patients. As part of these investments, Purdue is currently supporting research for four drug candidates across 14 different cancer types. Research on these compounds is being advanced on behalf of Purdue by Mundipharma EDO.

In addition to tinostamustine, Purdue’s clinical stage oncology portfolio includes etoposide toniribate, a novel target-activated topoisomerase inhibitor that delivers the chemotherapy etoposide to tumors in an inactive form where it is ‘switched on’ by enzymes called carboxylesterases. Purdue also has two late pre-clinical stage antibody-drug conjugates, EDO-B776 and EDO-B278, in development. EDO-B776 is being studied for its potential to target the cancer antigen 125 (CA-125) in ovarian cancer. EDO-B278, which targets human tissue factor, is in development for treatment of various solid tumors.

The decision to move tinostamustine into Phase 1 human trials was supported by preclinical studies, which suggest that tinostamustine may deliver both alkylating activity and pan-histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibition to improve access to the DNA strands within cancer cells, break them, and counteract the cancer cells’ attempt to repair the DNA damage.

Purdue will also continue to selectively seek additional oncology product assets through licensing and acquisition, and the company will maintain a priority interest in candidates with mechanisms complementary to emerging immuno-oncology based treatment paradigms.

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