- Chk1 inhibitor SRA737 demonstrates chemical synthetic lethality with replication stress-inducing agents, including potentiation by novel low-dose gemcitabine combination, in preclinical models of cancer -
VANCOUVER, Oct. 16, 2017 /CNW/ - Sierra Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ: SRRA), a clinical stage drug development company focused on advancing next generation DNA Damage Response (DDR) therapeutics for the treatment of patients with cancer, today announced that it will report preclinical data supporting the clinical development strategy for its Chk1 inhibitor, SRA737, in a poster to be presented at the upcoming AACR-NCI-EORTC International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics, being held from October 26 - 30, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. SRA737 is currently being investigated in two Phase 1 clinical trials in patients with advanced cancers; as a monotherapy, and in combination with low-dose gemcitabine.
Title: The Chk1 inhibitor, SRA737, demonstrates chemical synthetic lethality with replication stress-inducing agents, including novel low-dose gemcitabine, in preclinical models of cancer.
Poster #181; Abstract #B181:
Session: Poster Session B; Therapeutic Agents: Small-Molecule Kinase Inhibitors
Date and Time: Sunday, October 29, 2017, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Hall E, Pennsylvania Convention Center
The Poster will be available October 29, 2017 on the company's website at www.sierraoncology.com.
About Sierra Oncology
Sierra Oncology is a clinical stage drug development company advancing next generation DNA Damage Response (DDR) therapeutics for the treatment of patients with cancer. Our lead drug candidate, SRA737, is a potent, highly selective, orally bioavailable small molecule inhibitor of Checkpoint kinase 1 (Chk1), a key regulator of important cell cycle checkpoints and central mediator of the DDR network. SRA737 is currently being investigated in two Phase 1 clinical trials in patients with advanced cancer: a monotherapy study evaluating SRA737 in cancer patients with tumors identified to have genetic aberrations hypothesized to confer sensitivity to Chk1 inhibition via synthetic lethality, and a study evaluating the combination of SRA737 potentiated by low-dose gemcitabine. Sierra is also preparing for potential clinical studies of SRA737 in combination with other agents where there is a strong biological rationale for synergy with Chk1 inhibition, such as immuno-oncology therapeutics, and other DDR inhibitors including PARP inhibitors.
Sierra Oncology is also advancing SRA141, a potent, selective, orally bioavailable small molecule inhibitor of Cell division cycle 7 kinase (Cdc7) undergoing preclinical development. Cdc7 is a key regulator of DNA replication and is involved in the DDR network, making it a compelling emerging target for the potential treatment of a broad range of tumor types. For more information, please visit www.sierraoncology.com.
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For further information: James Smith, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Sierra Oncology, 604.558.6536, [email protected]