SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and SAN DIEGO, Jan. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ORIC Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ORIC), a clinical-stage oncology company focused on developing treatments that address resistance mechanisms therapeutics, today announced that its clinical trial application (CTA) has been approved by regulatory authorities in the Republic of Korea for ORIC-114, an orally bioavailable, irreversible brain-penetrating inhibitor designed to target selectively EGFR and HER2 with high potency against exon 20 insertion mutations.
“This is our third IND/CTA regulatory clearance in the past eight months and further demonstrates the productivity and commitment of our team as we expand our clinical portfolio to advance our mission on behalf of patients,” said said Jacob M. Chacko, MD, president. and CEO. “We are encouraged by the brain-penetrating properties and selectivity demonstrated by ORIC-114 in preclinical studies, and we look forward to advancing the program to a Phase 1 study in the coming months. As we enter 2022, we are well positioned with five clinical updates expected across four clinical programs through the first half of 2023, and with cash and investments to fund our operating plan through the first half of 2024. »
ORIC-114 is a brain-penetrating, orally bioavailable, irreversible inhibitor designed to selectively target EGFR and HER2 with high potency against exon 20 insertion mutations. ORIC-114 has demonstrated tumor regressions and strong intracranial antitumor activity in various models of EGFR exon 20 NSCLC and HER2-positive breast cancer. ORIC-114 also compares favorably in head-to-head in vivo studies against several approved and clinical-stage EGFR exon 20 and HER2 inhibitors. The company plans to initiate a Phase 1b monotherapy study in patients with advanced solid tumors with EGFR or HER2 exon 20 alterations or HER2 amplification and will enable patients with treated CNS metastases or untreated but asymptomatic. The company expects to report the first data from this trial in the first half of 2023.
About ORIC Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
ORIC Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the lives of patients by overcoming cancer resistance. ORIC’s lead product candidate, ORIC-101, is a potent and selective small molecule glucocorticoid receptor antagonist that has been associated with resistance to several classes of cancer treatments in various solid tumors. ORIC-101 is currently in two separate Phase 1b trials of ORIC-101 in combination with (1) Xtandi (enzalutamide) in metastatic prostate cancer and (2) Abraxane (nab-paclitaxel) in solid tumors advanced or metastatic. ORIC’s other product candidates include (1) ORIC-533, an orally bioavailable small molecule inhibitor of CD73, a key node in the adenosine pathway thought to play a central role in resistance to chemotherapy-based treatment regimens and immunotherapy, under development for multiple myeloma, (2) ORIC-114, a brain penetration inhibitor designed to selectively target EGFR and HER2 with high potency against exon 20 insertion mutations, developed in several genetically defined cancers, and (3) ORIC-944, an allosteric inhibitor of polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) via the EED subunit, under development for prostate cancer. Beyond these four product candidates, ORIC is also developing several precision drugs targeting other hallmark mechanisms of cancer resistance. ORIC has offices in South San Francisco and San Diego, California. For more information, visit www.oricpharma.comand follow us on Twitter Where LinkedIn.
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