Modra Pharmaceuticals B.V. (“Modra”) today announced that the first patients have been treated in its Phase IIa study in patients with recurrent or metastatic HER-2 negative breast cancer. The trial will evaluate the efficacy and safety of Modra’s lead product, ModraDoc006/r, a proprietary oral therapeutic based on the standard intravenous taxane chemotherapy, docetaxel. In addition to enabling patients to take their chemotherapy at home, the novel approach has, in prior pre-clinical and clinical testing, demonstrated the potential to reduce toxicity and increase the efficacy of the treatment. As the lead program in the Company’s pipeline, ModraDoc006/r has successfully completed Phase I clinical trials in patients with solid tumors and specifically in patients with prostate cancer.
“Chemotherapy remains a fundamental component of many modern cancer treatment regimens, including for patients with breast or prostate cancer, and ModraDoc006/r has been designed to improve the therapeutic outcomes and quality-of-life of patients as it offers a potentially safer and more efficacious solution that can be taken at home,” commented Colin Freund, CEO of Modra Pharmaceuticals. “The swift start of this trial represents an important development milestone for Modra, and, together with our planned Phase IIb clinical trial in metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer, which recently received IND approval from the FDA, builds momentum for our global clinical development strategy.”
The Phase IIa international multi-center study will determine the efficacy and tolerability of ModraDoc006/r in patients with recurrent or metastatic HER-2 negative breast cancer. For this trial, up to 24 evaluable patients will be treated. All patients will be given tablets of ModraDoc006/r twice daily, one day per week. The primary endpoint is objective response rate according to response evaluation criteria in solid tumors (RECIST). The secondary endpoints include progression-free survival and safety assessments. An additional exploratory objective is to determine whether ModraDoc006/r can be utilized safely in frail patients.
About Metastatic Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women. Once breast cancer becomes metastatic it is rarely curable, and it is widely accepted that women with metastatic disease should receive a form of systemic chemotherapy at some time during the course of their disease. Docetaxel has proven to be clinically effective in multiple tumor types including breast cancer.
ModraDoc006 is a proprietary tablet form of the taxane chemotherapy drug, docetaxel. ModraDoc006 is given in combination with ritonavir (r), which acts as a booster to increase the systemic bioavailability of ModraDoc006. ModraDoc006/r is designed to combine the convenience and practicality of taking chemotherapy treatment at home with the potential for an improved safety profile and enhanced efficacy, as compared to standard intravenously-administered docetaxel.
About Modra Pharmaceuticals
Modra Pharmaceuticals aims to re-define chemotherapy by developing better taxanes that are less toxic, more effective and can be taken at home in tablet form. The Company’s goal is to radically improve the therapeutic outcomes and everyday lives of the hundreds of thousands of cancer patients undergoing taxane chemotherapy worldwide. Modra’s lead program is advancing into Phase 2 clinical studies in prostate and breast cancer to further demonstrate the value of the approach.
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