Development of PEGylated MTI for the treatment of relapsed Myeloma

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R44CA221554-01
Agency Tracking Number: R44CA221554
Amount: $242,056.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 102
Solicitation Number: PA16-302
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-08-31
Small Business Information
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Principal Investigator
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Research Institution
ABSTRACT Modulation Therapeutics is developing a first in class cyclic peptide coined MTI for the treatment of multiple myeloma The company currently has a license for the parent molecule which has been awarded a patent covering the intellectual property for both composition of matter and use in cancer in the US and Europe Modulation Therapeutics is now poised to further advance this class of compounds by the development of a second generation derivative which is PEGylated MTI is unique with respect to chemical space and mechanism of action Treatment of myeloma cells with MTI stimulates a CD complex resulting in activation of the necroptotic pathway and a robust and sustained increase in intracellular calcium levels leading to cell death Importantly MTI is i more active in patient specimens derived from patients relapsing on therapy compared to specimens obtained from newly diagnosed patients and ii demonstrates robust synergy when combined with the proteasome inhibitor bortezomib The goal of the Phase I grant will be to determine the in vivo efficacy and circulating half life of the PEGylated analog compared to the parent molecule MTI We predict that PEGylation of the molecule will increase the circulating efficacious dose and increase the terminal half life leading to increased therapeutic index of the molecule The PEGylated analog will be tested using a syngeneic myeloma in vivo model system The goals of the Phase II application will be to perform non GLP and GLP toxicity in rodent rat and non rodent dog species design the Phase I clinical trial and completion of the IND package to the FDA Additionally Modulation Therapeutics will invest early into the discovery of companion diagnostics to guide precision therapy for the anticipated Phase III clinical trial Discovery of companion diagnostics will be accomplished by ex vivo testing of primary myeloma CD positive cells using an organotypic model system coupled to gene expression profiling Preliminary data has identified determinants of calcium flux Ero L expression and necroptosis BIRC TNFAIP as putative predictive biomarkers of response We anticipate early discovery work focused on primary specimens will allow for further validation in phase I clinical trials leading to a potential precision medicine guided phase III clinical trial Narrative Multiple myeloma is a disease that although treatable is not currently curable Thus clinical data continue to support the dire need to develop novel drugs which are active after patients relapse on standard of care treatment A promising feature of this compound is that it is more active in primary specimens obtained from patients relapsing on standard of care therapy compared to newly diagnosed specimens Moreover MTI when used in combination with the proteasome inhibitor bortezomib results in synergistic cell death Together our data indicate that further development of MTI is warranted for the treatment of Multiple Myeloma

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