ERYTECH Announces First Patient Enrolled in
a Phase 1 Investigator Sponsored Trial of
Eryaspase in First-Line Pancreatic Cancer
Trial to evaluate safety of eryaspase in combination with FOLFIRINOX for the first-line treatment of pancreatic cancer
Trial in Progress (TiP) poster accepted for presentation at the American Society of Clinical Onocology – Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium (ASCO GI)
Lyon (France) and Cambridge, MA (U.S.), January 14th, 2021 – ERYTECH Pharma (Nasdaq & Euronext: ERYP), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative therapies by encapsulating therapeutic drug substances inside red blood cells, today announced the first patient enrolled in a Phase 1 investigator sponsored trial (IST), named rESPECT, of its lead product eryaspase for the first-line treatment of pancreatic cancer.
The rESPECT Phase 1 IST (NCT04292743) will be conducted by Dr Marcus Noel (Associate Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA). The trial will enroll approximately 18 patients who have received no prior chemotherapy for the treatment of locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer . The dose of eryaspase will be escalated and added to modified FOLFIRINOX to assess the safety and tolerability of the combination. FOLFIRINOX is one of the most commonly utilized first-line chemotherapy regimens for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.
The study has been accepted for poster presentation at the forthcoming Virtual ASCO GI meeting (abstract #TPS453). The TiP poster will be available on ASCO GI’s website starting at 8:00 a.m. ET/1:00 p.m. GMT on Friday 15th January 2021.
Poster is available to view online at the ASCO Virtual meeting website: https://meetinglibrary.asco.org/record/194379/slide
Dr Marcus Noel commented that: “First-line pancreatic cancer remains a challenging disease to treat with few treatment options. Our aim for this study is to demonstrate that eryaspase can be added to existing standard therapy, mFOLFIRINOX. I look forward to sharing the full study rationale and design at the Virtual ASCO GI.”
Dr Iman E-Hariry, Erytech’s Chief Medical Officer, added: “We are delighted to be working alongside Dr Noel at the University of Georgetown. We are grateful to Dr Noel for providing his expertise and leadership in developing and initiating the study protocol. The initiation of this trial represents an important milestone for the program, as we begin to evaluate the potential of eryaspase in first-line pancreatic cancer and anticipate top-line results from the Phase 3 TRYbeCA-1 trial in second-line pancreatic cancer in 2021.”
rESPECT is a single-arm, multi-center, open-label Phase 1 trial, initiated and sponsored by Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA. A standard 3+3 dose escalation design will be used to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) from 4 possible dose levels of Eryaspase in combination with mFOLFIRINOX. The trial is designed to demonstrate the addition of eryaspase to mFOLFIRINOX (5-fluorouracil [5-FU], leucovorin, irinotecan, and oxaliplatin) will be safe and show preliminary signs of efficacy in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. Safety assessments include adverse events, physical examination abnormalities, vital signs, and clinical laboratory tests.
About Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells are found in the tissues of the pancreas. It is currently the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States and is projected to rise to the second leading cause by 2030. Every year, there are approximately 185,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer diagnosed in Europe and the United States. Approximately half of patients are diagnosed with metastatic disease and approximately 30% of patients are diagnosed with locally advanced disease. Advanced pancreatic cancer is a particularly aggressive cancer, with a five-year survival rate below 10%. Limited therapeutic options are currently available for this indication, thereby reinforcing the need to develop new therapeutic strategies and rational drug combinations with the aim of improving overall patient outcomes and quality of life.
About ERYTECH and eryaspase
ERYTECH is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative red blood cell-based therapeutics for severe forms of cancer and orphan diseases. Leveraging its proprietary ERYCAPS® platform, which uses a novel technology to encapsulate drug substances inside red blood cells, ERYTECH is developing a pipeline of product candidates for patients with high unmet medical needs. ERYTECH’s primary focus is on the development of product candidates that target the altered metabolism of cancer cells by depriving them of amino acids necessary for their growth and survival.
The Company’s lead product candidate, eryaspase, which consists of L-asparaginase encapsulated inside donor-derived red blood cells, targets the cancer cells’ altered asparagine and glutamine metabolism. Eryaspase is in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of second-line pancreatic cancer and in Phase 2 for the treatment of triple-negative breast cancer. An investigator sponsored Phase 2 trial in acute lymphoblastic leukemia recently reported positive results.
ERYTECH produces its product candidates for treatment of patients in Europe at its GMP manufacturing site in Lyon, France, and for patients in the United States at its GMP manufacturing site in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. Eryaspase is not an approved medicine.
ERYTECH is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market in the United States (ticker: ERYP) and on the Euronext regulated market in Paris (ISIN code: FR0011471135, ticker: ERYP). ERYTECH is part of the CAC Healthcare, CAC Pharma & Bio, CAC Mid & Small, CAC All Tradable, EnterNext PEA-PME 150 and Next Biotech indexes.
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