Tyme Announces Prostate Cancer Collaboration with Dr. Mack Roach III of UCSF
Source: Nasdaq GlobeNewswire / 30 Jan 2018 08:01:09 America/New_York
NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tyme Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:TYME), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing cancer therapeutics, today announced that Mack Roach III, M.D., FASTRO, FACR, Professor of Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology and Urology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), will lead one or more investigator-initiated trials to evaluate SM-88 therapy in prostate cancer.
As part of the collaboration, Tyme will provide support to Dr. Roach to conduct a randomized, investigator-sponsored trial comparing active surveillance (AS) to SM-88 maintenance therapy in patients prior to definitive therapy. In addition, the collaboration will evaluate trials in select patient populations after relapsing from definitive therapy. These trials will be conducted at UCSF and potentially expand to other academic sites.
“A spectrum of patients including those suitable for Active Surveillance (AS) to those with high-risk and relapsing prostate cancer face a number of difficult choices concerning their disease. In some, it is whether to delay treatment and be followed with AS, waiting for symptomatic progression, or be aggressive by initiating potentially toxic treatment as soon as possible,” said Dr. Roach. “Based on the early results showing improved biomarkers in early stage patients and RECIST responses in late stage patients, while a very manageable safety profile to date, SM-88 could have a potential role throughout the wide spectrum of this disease. I believe this could become an important alternative for the large number of treatment-naïve patients.”
“We were very excited to have a leader in the field like Dr. Roach approach us with the idea for these trials,” said Dr. Giuseppe Del Priore, Tyme’s Chief Medical Officer. “Moving to the treatment naïve setting is the logical extension of our current Phase II trial in biomarker-recurrent prostate cancer. By partnering with UCSF, we hope to demonstrate proof-of-concept for SM-88 in this important treatment category without diverting core resources from our critical work in metastatic cancers.”
About Mack Roach III, M.D., FASTRO, FACR
Mack Roach III, M.D., is a Professor of Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology and Urology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Roach chaired one of the most important large prospective randomized trials comparing different strategies for locally advanced prostate cancer. He has gained international recognition as an authority on treatment planning for prostate cancer and served as senior author for the guidelines for treatment planning recently published by the American College of Radiology. Dr. Roach earned his M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine.
SM-88 is a novel combination therapy that utilizes a proprietary dysfunctional tyrosine derivative to interrupt the metabolic processes of cancer cells, breaking down the cells’ key defenses and making them vulnerable to oxidative stress and death. SM-88 has demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of multiple oncology indications, including breast and prostate cancer, without reports of significant toxicity or serious adverse events.
SM-88 is being evaluated in a Phase II clinical trial for prostate cancer (NCT02796898). A Phase II clinical trial in pancreatic cancer is planned to initiate in 2018.
Tyme Inc., is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing cancer therapeutics that are intended to be broadly effective across tumor types and have low toxicity profiles. Unlike targeted therapies that attempt to regulate specific mutations within cancer, the Company’s therapeutic approach is designed to take advantage of a cancer cell’s innate metabolic weaknesses to compromise its defenses, leading to cell death through oxidative stress and exposure to the body’s natural immune system.
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