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Development of the first-in-class novel dual PI-3K/BRD4 inhibitor SF2523

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 2R42CA192656-02A1
Agency Tracking Number: R42CA192656
Amount: $1,968,269.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 102
Solicitation Number: PA16-303
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-07-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-06-30
Small Business Information
12545 EL CAMINO REAL
San Diego, CA 92130-4051
United States
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Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 GUILLERMO MORALES
 (520) 336-7477
 gmorales@innoventyx.com
Business Contact
 JOSEPH GARLICH
Phone: (808) 365-4125
Email: signalrxgarlich@aol.com
Research Institution
 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
 
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0934
LA JOLLA, CA 92093-0934
United States

 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract

There is an unmet need to inhibit the key cancer promoting transcription factor MYCboth c MYC and MYCNthat act downstream of many cell receptors and signal transcription pathways to activate genes for cancer cell
resistance and tumor growthTo datesmall molecule inhibitors of MYC have remained elusiveIn our Phase I
STTRCAwe developed a lead compoundSFwhich displays potent orthogonal inhibitory
activity against MYC by blocking PIkinasePIKand the highly dominant regulator of epigenetic
machineryBRDThe objective of this application will be to develop SFthrough advanced preclinical
studies for therapeutic application in this Phase II STTR proposalThe transcription factorMYCc MYC and MYCNplays a key role in cancer growthproliferationsurvivaland it is overexpressed in a subgroup of most human cancers resulting in resistance to PIK and other
signaling pathway inhibitorsBoth MYC and PIK are well established onco proteins that are confirmed
drivers in a large number of tumor typesMoreoverBRDis rapidly emerging as a dominant epigenetic
regulator of the transcriptome and of cancer cell resistance to kinase inhibitionThereforethere is general
consensus in the cancer biology arena that inhibition of BRDand or MYC should prove beneficial in multiple
cancers where MYC is an established regulator of tumor cell transformation and resistanceOur innovative
approach centers on our central hypothesis that a dual PIK BRDinhibitorSFwill potently inhibit MYC
activity by enhancing its degradation via PIK inhibition AND blocking MYC transcriptional activity via BRDinhibitionOur Phase I STTR Specific Aims successfully solved the crystal structure of SFin the active site of
BRDand determine the structure activity relationships around dual PIK BRDinhibitors designed by
validated molecular modeling studies and demonstrated the safety of our dual targeting single inhibitor versus
the accumulated toxicity of using two separate inhibitorsOur successful Phase I studies set the stage for our
selection of SFas the candidate for preclinical development to treat PIK MYC dependent malignancies
in Phase I trials as a clinical development strategyThe significance of this Phase II proposal is that it will advance SFthrough preclinical development and
validate this novel dual PIK BRDinhibitor as a drug candidate against PIK MYC driven malignancies with
high mortality rates e ghepatocellular carcinomaHCCand squamous cell carcinoma of the head neckSCCHNand obtain a back up candidate by further evaluation of SFanalogs found from Phase I SAR
studiesMoreoverour aims in Phase II will identify PIK and MYC tumor signatures and a companion
diagnostic approach which will define sensitivity to SFas we move toward FDA registration and
commercialization of thisfirst in classdual PIK BRDinhibitor chemotype in cancer therapeutics

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