Leap Therapeutics to Present Updated Data for DKN-01 Monotherapy and Paclitaxel Combination at the 2019 International Gynecologic Cancer Society Annual Global Meeting
- DKN-01 Monotherapy Patient with an Ongoing Complete Response
- Enhanced PFS in patients with Wnt Activating Mutations and DKK1-high Tumors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Leap Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: LPTX) today announced an oral and poster presentation of updated clinical data from its ongoing Phase 2 clinical trial of DKN-01, its anti-Dickkopf-1 (DKK1) antibody, as both a monotherapy and in combination with paclitaxel chemotherapy in patients with advanced gynecological malignancies will be presented at the 2019 International Gynecologic Cancer Society Annual Global Meeting taking place September 19-21, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The poster will be presented on Friday, September 20 at 6:15 p.m. (BRT).
"We are very enthusiastic about the single agent and combination activity of DKN-01 observed in this heavily pre-treated patient population. DKN-01 targets DKK1, which is a modulator of Wnt signaling. In this study, patients with Wnt activating mutations and high levels of DKK1 have had clinical benefit and prolonged progression-free survival (PFS)," commented Rebecca C. Arend, M.D., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, who presented the data on behalf of the study group. "A monotherapy complete response and the correlation of patient outcomes with prevalent tumor biomarkers are impressive signals of activity in these patients, who have poor prognosis and few treatment options."
Key Findings from the P204 Study include:
- DKN-01 single agent complete response: Following the data cut-off date, one patient with Wnt signaling alterations has had her monotherapy partial response deepen into a complete response. She has remained on DKN-01 monotherapy for 14 months after enrolling in July 2018 and having a partial response after cycle 8. This represents the first complete response for a patient on DKN-01 monotherapy.
- Patients with Wnt activating mutations have longer PFS: Across the study, patients with Wnt activating mutations have demonstrated a longer PFS (n=21, 175 days) as compared to patients without Wnt activating mutations (n=67, 63 days). The benefit observed in patients with Wnt activating mutations was statistically maintained regardless of treatment type (monotherapy or combination therapy) and cancer type (endometrial or ovarian cancer).
- Patients with DKK1-high tumors have longer PFS: DKK1 expression as measured by in situ hybridization RNAscope assay is currently available for 54 of the patients on the study, and 13 patients (24.1%) were identified as DKK1-high tumoral expression. Similar to the results from Leap's study in patients with esophagogastric cancer, patients whose tumors are DKK1-high have prolonged PFS (n=13, 168 days) as compared to patients with tumors that are DKK1-low (n=41, 63 days). The benefit observed in patients with DKK1-high tumors was statistically maintained regardless of monotherapy or combination therapy treatment and cancer type (endometrial or ovarian cancer).
- Few survival events in Wnt activating mutation or DKK1-high populations: Median overall survival (OS) has not yet been reached for the patients with Wnt activating mutations as compared to 321 days OS for patients without Wnt activating mutations. Only 3 of 21 patients with Wnt activating mutations (14.3%) have had events as compared to 18 of 67 patients (26.9%) without Wnt activating mutations. Median OS has also not been reached for the DKK1-high patients as compared to 365 days for the patients who are DKK1-low. Only 2 of 13 DKK1-high patients (15.4%) have had events as compared to 12 of 41 (29.3%) DKK1-low patients. Patient follow-up remains ongoing.
About the P204 Study
The P204 study is a Phase 2 basket study evaluating DKN-01 as a monotherapy and in combination with paclitaxel in patients with relapsed/refractory endometrioid endometrial cancer (EEC), endometrioid ovarian cancer (EOC) or carcinosarcoma. Ninety-two patients have been enrolled in the first four groups that were designed to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and pharmacodynamics of DKN-01 monotherapy and combination therapy in both EEC and EOC. The study has been expanded to include DKN-01 monotherapy and paclitaxel combination cohorts in patients with carcinosarcoma. Approximately fifty percent (50%) of patients in each cohort were required to have Wnt pathway alterations, which included Wnt activating mutations and Wnt signaling mutations. Additional patient follow-up is expected in the first half of 2020.
DKN-01 is a humanized monoclonal antibody that binds to and blocks the activity of the Dickkopf-1 (DKK1) protein, a modulator of Wnt/Beta-catenin signaling, a signaling pathway frequently implicated in tumorigenesis and suppressing the immune system. DKK1 has an important role in tumor cell signaling and in mediating an immuno-suppressive tumor microenvironment through enhancing the activity of myeloid-derived suppressor cells and downregulating NK ligands on tumor cells.
About Leap Therapeutics
Leap Therapeutics (Nasdaq: LPTX) is focused on developing targeted and immuno-oncology therapeutics. Leap's most advanced clinical candidate, DKN-01, is a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting the Dickkopf-1 (DKK1) protein, a Wnt pathway modulator. DKN-01 is in clinical trials in patients with esophagogastric, hepatobiliary, gynecologic, and prostate cancers. Leap's second clinical candidate, TRX518, is a humanized GITR agonist monoclonal antibody designed to enhance the immune system's anti-tumor response that is in advanced solid tumor studies. For more information about Leap Therapeutics, visit http://www.leaptx.com or our public filings with the SEC that are available via EDGAR at http://www.sec.gov or via https://investors.leaptx.com/.
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