– Interim data showed meaningful clinical activity of AL101 4mg monotherapy with deep responses and 68% disease control rate
- Company to host virtual KOL event to review data today at 8:00am ET
REHOVOT, Israel and WILMINGTON, Del., Sept. 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ayala Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: AYLA) (Ayala or the Company), a clinical-stage oncology company focused on developing and commercializing small molecule therapeutics for patients suffering from rare and aggressive cancers, primarily in genetically defined patient populations, today announced positive interim results from the ongoing Phase 2 ACCURACY clinical trial of AL101 for the treatment of recurrent/metastatic (R/M) adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) harboring Notch-activating mutations in a mini oral presentation at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Virtual Congress 2020.
“The study’s interim results are encouraging as we continue to study AL101 as a potential therapy for ACC patients with Notch-activating mutations. ACC is an orphan disease with no approved therapies and patients with Notch mutations have a more aggressive disease course and poorer survival outcomes as compared to patients with Notch wild-type,” said Renata Ferrarotto, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and principal investigator in the study. “It’s promising to see meaningful clinical activity, including a significant disease control rate with a single agent in this patient population that represents a major unmet clinical need.”
“We are pleased to see promising progress from the Phase 2 ACCURACY clinical trial of AL101 as a potential monotherapy for ACC with a significant disease control rate in the 4mg arm of 68% from 40 evaluable patients, building upon the 61% disease control rate from 27 patients that we reported in 2019,” said Roni Mamluk, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Ayala. “Within the context of this difficult to treat cancer, in which people living with ACC have become accustomed to historically low response rates and failed therapies, it’s exciting to see signs of advancement with both safety and efficacy. We remain on track with enrollment in the 6mg dose cohort arm and we look forward to providing further trial progress updates in the first half of 2021.”
The ongoing Phase 2 ACCURACY clinical trial is an open-label, single-arm, multi-center study to assess the clinical activity of AL101 using radiographic assessments of patients with R/M ACC demonstrating disease progression within 6 months prior to dosing. The Company is evaluating the safety and efficacy of AL101 for the treatment of R/M ACC with Notch-activating mutations in two dose cohorts, 4mg once per week (QW) and 6mg QW. Dosing for the 6mg QW cohort commenced in March 2020 and is currently enrolling up to 42 subjects.
Updated Preliminary Safety and Efficacy Results:
As of July 30, 2020, of the 45 subjects who were enrolled in the 4 mg QW cohort, 40 were evaluable for efficacy for a best response by investigators using RECIST 1.1 criteria.
- Partial responses were observed in six subjects (15%) and stable disease was observed in 21 subjects (53%), yielding a 68% disease control rate;
- Approximately 40% of evaluable patients remained on drug for at least six months after entering the study with disease progression, including two patients treated beyond progression; and
- Pharmacokinetics (PK) results were similar to those of the AL101 Phase 1 study with no major effect by CYP inhibitors or substrates on AL101 exposure.
AL101 was generally observed to be well-tolerated, with most adverse events being mild to moderate in severity:
- Most treatment related adverse events (TRAEs) were of grade 1/2 severity; and
- The most common TRAEs of any grade included diarrhea (60%) of which 4% was grade 3, fatigue (51%) of which 4% was grade 3, nausea (49%) of which 2% was grade 3 and hypophosphatemia (42%) of which 4% was grade 3.
Virtual Key Opinion Leader (KOL) Conference Call and Webcast Event
Ayala will host a virtual event for investors and analysts to review the interim data from the Phase 2 ACCURACY clinical trial of AL101 for the treatment of R/M ACC. The live webcast event will begin at 8:00am ET and will include a discussion of the data with Alan L. Ho, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering and a lead investigator of the ACCURACY clinical trial, as well as presentations from Ayala management.
To access the call, please dial 833-519-1339 (United States & Canada) or 914-800-3901(international) and reference the conference ID3995105. A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investors and News section of Ayala’s website at ir.ayalapharma.com. A replay of the webcast and accompanying slides will be available on the Ayala website for 90 days following the call.
AL101 is an investigational small molecule, gamma secretase inhibitor that potently and selectively inhibits Notch 1, 2, 3 and 4. AL101 inhibits the expression of Notch gene targets by blocking the final cleavage step by the gamma secretase required for Notch activation. It has the potential to inhibit tumor growth as demonstrated by three Phase 1 studies conducted by Bristol-Myers Squibb. AL101 is currently in a Phase 2 clinical trial in adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC), as well as in a Phase 2 clinical trial for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) and planned Phase 2 clinical trial for T-Cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL).
About Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC)
ACC is a rare malignancy of the secretory glands including salivary glands, accounting for about 10% of all salivary gland tumors with an annual incidence of 3,400 in the U.S. There is currently no approved standard of care for patients with recurrent/metastatic ACC. Patients with locoregional disease undergo surgery and radiation therapy, with recurring disease treated by chemotherapy. ACC is an immunologically “cold” tumor that is refractory to chemotherapy, with a recurrence rate of about 60% after initial surgery. The Notch pathway has been determined to be an oncogenic driver of ACC and its dysregulation plays a key role in tumorigenesis and correlates with a distinct pattern of metastasis and a poor prognosis.
About the Notch Signaling Pathway
The Notch signaling pathway functions as a mediator of short-range cell to cell communication and plays a fundamental role in a variety of tissue types. The gain or loss of Notch signaling aspects has been associated with a wide range of disorders, developmental syndromes and cancers, both hematological and solid tumors. The Notch pathway is involved in several hallmarks of cancer including cellular proliferation, survival, migration, invasion, epithelial to mesenchymal transition and drug resistance, increased angiogenesis and metastasis.
About Ayala Pharmaceuticals
Ayala Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage oncology company focused on developing and commercializing small molecule therapeutics for patients suffering from rare and aggressive cancers, primarily in genetically defined patient populations. Ayala’s approach is focused on predicating, identifying and addressing tumorigenic drivers of cancer through a combination of its bioinformatics platform and next-generation sequencing to deliver targeted therapies to underserved patient populations. The Company has two product candidates under development, AL101 and AL102, targeting the aberrant activation of the Notch pathway with gamma secretase inhibitors to treat a variety of tumors including Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC), T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (T-ALL), Desmoid Tumors and Multiple Myeloma (MM) (in collaboration with Novartis). Ayala’s lead product candidate, AL101, has received Fast Track Designation and Orphan Drug Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is currently in a Phase 2 clinical trial for patients with ACC (ACCURACY) bearing Notch-activating mutations and in a Phase 2 clinical trial for patients with TNBC (TENACITY) bearing Notch-activating mutations and other gene rearrangements. For more information, visit www.ayalapharma.com.
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