Primary safety and activity endpoints met

  • Favorable safety profile, maximum tolerated dose not reached,
    optimal active dose determined
  • AsiDNA™ induced the intratumoral activation of its DNA-PK targetconfirming its mechanism of action

The full results of the study will be presented at upcoming international scientific meetings

Paris (France), May 28, 2019 – 6:00 pm CEST – Onxeo S.A. (Euronext Paris, NASDAQ Copenhagen: ONXEO), (“Onxeo” or “the Company”), a clinical-stage biotechnology company specializing in the development of innovative drugs targeting tumor DNA Damage Response (DDR) in oncology, in particular against rare or resistant cancers, today announced positive final results from the DRIIV-1 phase 1 study assessing the safety and the activity of  AsiDNA™, the Company’s first-in-class DNA repair inhibitor, when administered intravenously in patients with advanced solid tumors.

Olivier de Beaumont, Medical Director of Onxeo, commented“DRIIV-1 successfully achieved each of its core objectives, including further demonstrating the favorable safety profile of AsiDNA™, confirming its ability to be combined with other agents and validating its mechanism of action in patients’ tumor cells through the marked activation of its targets. Importantly, the optimal active dose of AsiDNA™ has been determined and is being utilized in our ongoing DRIIV-1b study combining AsiDNA™ with chemotherapy. We intend to present the full results of the DRIIV-1 study at future scientific meetings.”

AsiDNA ™ is the first compound of a novel class of anti-tumor products. By simulating a DNA break (decoy effect), it binds to the DNA-repairing proteins, thereby preventing the recruitment of these proteins to the damaged genomic site, leading to tumor cells death.

DRIIV-1, a phase 1 dose-escalation study of AsiDNA™ administered intravenously, was designed to evaluate its toxicity profile as well as its pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics parameters via intratumoral activity biomarkers. The study was conducted in four centers in France and Belgium and enrolled twenty-two adult patients. All patients had metastatic cancers and were failing or progressing after one or more standard treatments with no further therapeutic options.

Five dose levels have been tested (from 200 to 1,300mg) out of the six planned. It was deemed unnecessary to test the sixth dose (1,800mg) since the therapeutic window between the optimal dose of 600mg and the highest tested dose of 1,300mg is considered sufficient.

Overall, the tolerance profile of AsiDNA™ was considered favorable by the DSMB experts, with 90% of all product-related adverse events being non-specific grade 1 and 2 events. The maximum tolerated dose (MTD) was not reached.

Most importantly, AsiDNA™ demonstrated systemic activity in DRIIV-1 through the strong activation of its targets, as evidenced by the significant increase, of two intratumoral biomarkers of DNA-PK and the decrease of a tumor proliferation biomarker. At the dose of 600mg, among the 3 patients included in the cohort, 2 patients with relapsed multi-treated metastatic colorectal cancer were controlled without progression at medical imaging at the end of the second cycle of treatment with AsiDNA™, with maintenance of treatment for 3 months.

This dose was considered optimal for the further development of AsiDNA™ in combination with chemotherapy (carboplatin and carboplatin plus paclitaxel) which started early May 2019 with the first patient treated in the phase 1b trial, DRIIV-1b.

Judith Greciet, Chief Executive Officer of Onxeo, concluded: “The successful completion of DRIIV-1 is a major milestone for Onxeo as this study validates both the systemic activity of AsiDNA™ and its tolerance profile well-suited for combination treatments. We expect to maintain a strong development momentum and have already started the evaluation of AsiDNA™ in combination with chemotherapy in the DRIIV-1b study. Our teams are already actively working on other clinical development pathways in combination, notably with PARP inhibitors. We would like to warmly thank our investigators and their teams for their support and valuable contributions to this trial and the upcoming ones.”