May 16, 2019
Cambridge, MA — H3 Biomedicine Inc., a U.S.-based precision medicine research & development subsidiary of Eisai Co., Ltd., today announced it will present four posters during the 2019 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, which will be held May 31–June 4, 2019 in Chicago.
The presentations will include interim data from two of H3’s ongoing clinical development programs. These include a Phase 1 study of H3B-6545, a potential first-in-class, orally available Selective ERα Covalent Antagonist (SERCA), in women with ER-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer; and a Phase 1 study of H3B-6527, an investigational selective, orally available, inhibitor of fibroblast growth factor receptor 4 (FGFR4), in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) or intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC). H3 will also present posters demonstrating the utilization of biomarker and companion diagnostic strategies for both programs.
The clinical data abstracts published online today for the H3B-6545 and H3B-6527 Phase 1 studies reflect data as of December 18, 2018 and January 6, 2019, respectively. Updated results from both studies will be presented at ASCO.
The schedule for H3’s ASCO presentations is as follows:
Abstract Number: 1059
Title: Phase 1 dose escalation of H3B-6545, a first-in class highly Selective ERα Covalent Antagonist (SERCA), in women with ER-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer
Session: Breast Cancer - Metastatic
Date and Time: June 2, 2019; 8:00 – 11:00 am CDT
Presenter: Erika P. Hamilton, M.D., Director, Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Research Program, Sarah Cannon Research Institute
Abstract Number: 1052
Title: Molecular characterization and monitoring of patient circulating tumor (ctDNA) in phase I study of H3B-6545 in ER+ metastatic breast cancer
Session: Breast Cancer—Metastatic
Date and Time: June 2, 2019; 8:00 AM-11:00 AM CDT
Presenter: Victoria Rimkunas, Ph.D., Associate Director, Biomarkers and Companion Diagnostics, H3 Biomedicine
Abstract Number: 4095
Title: A phase 1 study of H3B-6527 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) or intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) patients Session: Gastrointestinal (noncolorectal) cancer
Date and Time: June 3, 2019; 8:00 – 11:00 AM CDT
Presenter: Teresa Macarulla, M.D., Ph.D., Gastrointestinal Tumor Unit, Institute of Oncology Barcelona-Madrid
Abstract Number: 4121
Title: H3B-6527 clinical biomarker assay development and characterization of HCC patient samples Session: Gastrointestinal (non-colorectal) cancer
Date and Time: June 3, 2019; 8:00 – 11:00 AM CDT
Presenter: Pavan Kumar, Ph.D., Head of Biomarkers and Companion Diagnostics, H3 Biomedicine
H3B-6545 irreversibly inactivates ERα by covalently binding a cysteine residue in ERα that is not present in other nuclear hormone receptors. It is believed that binding of SERCA to ERα leads to divergent biological activity that is differentiated from classical Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs) and Selective Estrogen Receptor Degraders (SERDs), two classes of standard-of-care endocrine therapies.
The Phase 1 H3B-6545 study is evaluating the safety, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of H3B-6545 in women with ER-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer to identify the recommended Phase 2 dose. Patients are treated with H3B-6545 administered once daily orally over a 28-day cycle after progression on at least one hormonal therapy and at least one additional therapy/regimen. Dose escalation uses a 3+3 design with the option to backfill previously cleared doses and allows for intra-patient dose escalation.
FGF19 overexpression is hypothesized to hyperactivate FGFR4 and its downstream signaling pathway leading to enhanced tumor growth in patients with HCC or ICC. Targeting FGFR4 may have therapeutic benefit in HCC/ICC with altered FGF19 signaling. A phase 1 study was initiated to assess H3B-6527, an investigational covalent FGFR4 inhibitor.
The Phase 1 H3B-6527 study is assessing the safety, pharmacokinectics and pharmacodynamics of H3B-6527 in adult patients with advanced HCC or ICC, well compensated liver function, and who progressed after at least one prior therapy. Patients are administered H3B-6527 once daily orally on a 21-day cycle following a 3+3 design. Patients in the dose escalation phase are treated regardless of FGF19 status.
About H3 Biomedicine
H3 Biomedicine, Inc. is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biopharmaceutical company specializing in the discovery and development of novel precision oncology treatments using its integrated data science, human biology and precision chemistry discovery engine with the goal of improving the lives of patients. The company was established in December 2010 as a subsidiary of Eisai’s U.S. pharmaceutical operation, Eisai Inc. H3 Biomedicine focuses on sustained long-term delivery of its pipeline, collaborating with Eisai Co., Ltd., who provides essential research funding and access to the capabilities and resources of a global pharmaceutical company. For more information, please visit www.h3biomedicine.com.