Preliminary findings from the Phase 2 clinical trial of GTx-758 in men with castration resistant prostate cancer to be presented at ASCO Genitourinary Cancer Symposium
MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 29, 2014-- GTx, Inc. (NASDAQ: GTXI) announced today that Dr. Evan Yu, Associate Professor of Medicine and Oncology at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Clinical Trials Director, Genitourinary Oncology Clinical Trials Core, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, will present preliminary findings from the Company’s Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating GTx-758 (Capesaris®), an oral estrogen receptor alpha agonist, in men with metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) at the 2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Genitourinary (GU) Cancer Symposium in San Francisco, CA on Thursday, January 30, 2014.
In men undergoing androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), residual levels of serum free testosterone, the biologically active and unbound form of the hormone, remain elevated in a significant subset of men. Medical literature suggests that maximal suppression of serum free testosterone may benefit men with advanced prostate cancer.
The Phase 2 clinical trial (G200712, NCT01615120) is sequentially testing for safety and effectiveness of 125mg oral daily dose and 250mg oral daily dose of GTx-758 as secondary hormonal therapy in men with CRPC. The goal of the Phase 2 trial is to show that lower doses of GTx-758 are well tolerated and effective in reducing free testosterone and, in greater than 50 percent of subjects, achieving a 50 percent reduction of serum prostate specific antigen (PSA) by Day 90. The 125mg arm has completed enrollment of 38 patients with metastatic CRPC, and, following a planned safety review by an independent data safety monitoring board, the trial is now enrolling an additional 38 patients in the 250mg oral daily dose arm. The first 10 patients to receive the 250mg dose will be men with metastatic CRPC, and thereafter, enrollment will be open to men with either metastatic or non-metastatic CRPC, assuming there continues to be no safety concerns with the drug candidate. The mechanism of drug action, induction of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and reduction of free testosterone, was confirmed by the cohort of patients receiving 125mg of GTx-758 treatment. Of the 36 patients with available lab values, 83 percent had levels of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) more than double from baseline and free testosterone was reduced in 92 percent of these patients, with 81 percent of patients having at least a 50 percent reduction in free testosterone. Of the 22 patients who had completed 90 days on the trial at the time Dr. Yu assembled data for his presentation, 91 percent had experienced decreases in PSA levels, with 36 percent exhibiting a decrease greater than 30 percent.
Estrogen deficiency side effects associated with ADT, including hot flashes and bone loss, may negatively affect quality of life and mortality. Treatment with an estrogen receptor alpha agonist, like GTx-758, should ameliorate these estrogen deficiency side effects. Preliminary data shows that a majority of subjects who were experiencing hot flashes prior to taking GTx-758 have reported improvement in (38 percent) and/or stabilization of (43 percent) their hot flashes and bone turnover biomarkers have decreased in a majority of the patients. As for safety, GTx-758 continues to be well tolerated, with no reported venous thromboembolic events or deaths.
GTx, Inc., headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecules for the treatment of cancer, cancer supportive care, including prevention and treatment of cancer-related muscle wasting, and other serious medical conditions.
Forward-Looking Information is Subject to Risk and Uncertainty
This press release contains forward-looking statements based upon GTx's current expectations. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and include, but are not limited to, statements relating to GTx's clinical trial of GTx-758 (Capesaris®). GTx's actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation, the risks (i) that GTx may not be able to obtain required regulatory approvals to commercialize its product candidates in a timely manner or at all; (ii) that clinical trials being conducted by GTx may not be completed on schedule, or at all, or may otherwise be suspended or terminated; or (iii) that GTx could utilize its available cash resources sooner than it currently expects and may be unable to raise capital when needed, which would force GTx to delay, reduce or eliminate its product candidate development programs. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release. GTx’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 12, 2013 contains under the heading, "Risk Factors", a more comprehensive description of these and other risks to which GTx is subject. GTx expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in its expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based.
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Posted: January 2014