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NuCana Presents Data at AACR-NCI-EORTC International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics

October 29, 2019 at 7:00 AM EDT

NUC-3373: Favorable Pharmacokinetic Profile Demonstrated

NUC-7738: Multiple Anti-Cancer Mechanisms of Action Identified, including Inhibition of the mTOR Pathway

BOSTON, Oct. 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NuCana plc (NASDAQ: NCNA) announced results from two of its clinical stage ProTides, NUC-3373 and NUC-7738, at the AACR-NCI-EORTC International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics in Boston, Massachusetts.

NuCana presented interim data from the Phase Ib NuTide:302 study in patients with advanced colorectal cancer confirming the previously reported favorable pharmacokinetic profile of NUC-3373. The anti-cancer mechanism of action of NUC-3373 has been previously observed in non-clinical studies, which NuCana believes further supports the biological advantages of NUC-3373 over 5-FU. NUC-3373 is a ProTide transformation of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), one of the most widely prescribed anti-cancer agents, and is currently being investigated in two clinical studies (NuTide:301 and NuTide:302).

Hugh S. Griffith, NuCana’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our aim is to replace 5-FU as the backbone of treatment for patients with colorectal cancer, so we are excited about these data. The next stage of NUC-3373’s development will investigate NUC-3373 in patients with advanced colorectal cancer in combination with oxaliplatin and irinotecan.”

NUC-7738, NuCana’s third ProTide to enter the clinic, is a transformation of 3’-deoxyadenosine (3’-dA). Six patients have received NUC-7738 to date in the Phase I NuTide:701 study. In non-clinical studies of NUC-7738, NuCana has observed additional anti-cancer mechanisms of action to those previously reported for 3’dA. Significantly higher levels of anti-cancer metabolites are generated inside cancer cells than with 3’-dA, causing increased cell injury. Furthermore, the non-clinical data demonstrated that NUC-7738 activates AMPK, which may inhibit the mTOR pathway, resulting in further cancer cell death.

Mr. Griffith added: “Our early clinical experience with NUC-7738 has been encouraging and we look forward to sharing further data as the study progresses.” 

Details of NuCana’s poster presentations at AACR-NCI-EORTC are as follows:

Abstract Title:  Inhibition of thymidylate synthase by the ProTide NUC-3373 (Abstract #CO59, Poster #59)
SESSION: Poster Session C: Therapeutic Agents- Other
DATE: Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 12:30 p.m.04:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION:  Level 2, Hall D

Abstract Title:  NUC-7738, a novel ProTide transformation of 3’-deoxyadenosine, activates AMPK and kills renal cancer cells (Abstract #C122, Poster #122)
SESSION: Poster Session C: Tumor Suppressors
DATE: Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 12:30 p.m.04:00 p.m. EDT
LOCATION: Level 2, Hall D

Additional details can be found on the AACR website.

About NuCana plc

NuCana is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on significantly improving treatment outcomes for cancer patients by applying our ProTide technology to transform some of the most widely prescribed chemotherapy agents, nucleoside analogs, into more effective and safer medicines.  While these conventional agents remain part of the standard of care for the treatment of many solid and hematological tumors, their efficacy is limited by cancer cell resistance mechanisms and they are often poorly tolerated. Utilizing our proprietary technology, we are developing new medicines, ProTides, designed to overcome key cancer resistance mechanisms and generate much higher concentrations of anti-cancer metabolites in cancer cells. Our most advanced ProTide candidates, Acelarin and NUC-3373, are new chemical entities derived from the nucleoside analogs gemcitabine and 5-fluorouracil, respectively, two widely used chemotherapy agents.  Acelarin is currently being evaluated in three clinical studies, including a Phase Ib study for patients with biliary tract cancer, a Phase II study for patients with ovarian cancer and a Phase III study for patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer for which enrollment has been suspended. NUC-3373 is currently in a Phase I study for the potential treatment of a wide range of advanced solid tumors and a Phase Ib study for patients with advanced colorectal cancer. Our third ProTide, NUC-7738, is a transformation of a novel nucleoside analog (3’-deoxyadenosine or cordycepin) and is in a Phase I study for patients with advanced solid tumors.

Forward-Looking Statements

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For more information, please contact:

Hugh S. Griffith
Chief Executive Officer
NuCana plc
Tel: +44 131 357 1111
info@nucana.com

Westwicke, an ICR Company
Chris Brinzey
Tel: +1 339-970-2843
chris.brinzey@westwicke.com

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Marion Janic
Tel: +1 212-223-4017
mjanic@rooneyco.com

 

 

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