Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CYCC) (NASDAQ:CYCCP) a biopharmaceutical company developing oral therapies that target the various phases of cell cycle control for the treatment of cancer and other serious disorders, today announced results from a Phase 1 safety, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic study of CYC065, the Company’s novel cyclin dependent kinase, or CDK2/9 inhibitor, in patients with advanced cancers. Data were reported at an oral presentation on Sunday, April 15, at 3:35 PM CT at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting held in Chicago, IL.
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“Our findings show that CYC065 is effective in suppressing the cancer survival protein Mcl-1 in peripheral blood for at least 24 hours,” said Geoffrey Shapiro, MD, PhD, Director, Early Drug Development Center, Dana-Faber Cancer Institute and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. “The durable target inhibition achieved at the recommended Phase 2 dose provides a rationale to further evaluate this novel agent in Mcl-1, MYC or cyclin E amplified tumors.”
“The clinical data support biomarker-driven clinical development of CYC065 in selected patient populations,” said Spiro Rombotis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cyclacel. “In addition, the durable suppression of the Mcl-1 survival protein presents an exciting opportunity to combine CYC065 with other agents targeting the apoptosis pathway, such as venetoclax. We will soon be starting a clinical study testing CYC065 in combination with venetoclax in patients with relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia.”