Pharmaxis Commences Phase 1 Clinical Trial of Compound Targeting Pancreatic Cancer
Release Date: 22/02/2019 8:43am
Pharmaceutical research company Pharmaxis (ASX: PXS) today announced dosing of the first subject in its Phase 1 clinical trial of an anti-fibrotic Lysyl Oxidase (LOX) inhibitor focused on treating pancreatic cancer.
The double-blind placebo controlled study will consist of two stages. The first single ascending dose stage will be conducted in 40 healthy subjects divided into five groups with each taking a different single dose or placebo. The second multiple ascending dose stage will be conducted in 16 healthy subjects divided into two groups with each group receiving a different dose or placebo for 7 days. The clinical trial is due to report in June 2019.
The program compound is an oral once-a-day drug that inhibits all lysyl oxidase family members (LOX, LOXL1, 2, 3 & 4). The compound successfully cleared pre-clinical safety and toxicity studies in the third quarter of 2018 and has shown significant reductions in fibrosis in in-vivo models of kidney fibrosis, lung fibrosis, myelofibrosis and pancreatic cancer. It is suited to the treatment of severe fibrosis as well as cancer with prominent stroma (connective tissue) or fibrotic metastatic niches. Pharmaxis plans to initially develop the compound for pancreatic cancer.
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