Kazia Therapeutics Ltd (ASX:KZA) (NASDAQ:KZIA) has made strong progress in the first half of 2021 with its oncology-focused drug development program, including the pipeline assets of paxalisib and EVT801.
The GBM AGILE pivotal study of paxalisib is recruiting ahead of expectations, with almost 25 sites now open to the paxalisib arm in the United States across several prestigious centres.
Kazia’s paxalisib phase II study for newly diagnosed glioblastoma is also expected to conclude shortly with the final patient completing drug treatment and a number of patients remaining in follow-up.
Meantime, the company’s phase I study protocol for EVT801 has been submitted to the French regulatory agency for review and is awaiting initial trials.
“Performing ahead of forecasts”
Kazia Therapeutics CEO Dr James Garner said: “Kazia has seen an exceptionally busy first half, with excellent progress across our clinical programs.
“In particular, the GBM AGILE study is performing ahead of our forecasts in terms of recruitment.
“As we move into the second half of the year, we anticipate conclusion of the paxalisib phase II study, initial data readouts from a number of the paxalisib investigator-initiated studies in other forms of brain cancer, and commencement of the first-in-human phase I study of EVT801.”
Prestigious US centres onboard
To date, GBM AGILE has screened more than 650 patients and progress is expected to accelerate as new sites in new territories come on stream.
Almost 25 sites are open to the paxalisib arm in the United States and the list includes prestigious centres such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Henry Ford Cancer Institute, Columbia University Irving Cancer Research Center, Emory University Winship Cancer Institute and the University of Florida.
The first site in Canada is expected to open in August 2021, followed by the first European sites in the fourth quarter of 2021.
GBM AGILE has been designed and implemented by the Global Coalition for Adaptive Research, a world-leading consortium focused on adaptive clinical trials to identify effective therapies for glioblastoma.
It is an international platform study design to identify effective therapies and is an adaptive study, that evaluates multiple therapies in parallel, recruiting only the number of patients needed in each arm to reach a definitive answer.
With its innovative design and efficient operational infrastructure, GBM AGILE is faster and more cost-effective than conventional company-sponsored approaches, and data from GBM AGILE may be used as the foundation of a new drug application to FDA and other regulatory agencies.
To date, three experimental therapies have joined GBM AGILE – Bayer’s regorafenib, Kazia’s paxalisib and Kintara Therapeutics’ VAL-083.
It is expected that paxalisib will recruit up to 200 patients in the study, with the actual number determined by emergent data from the study.
Kazia has brought forward the manufacture of an additional batch of paxalisib investigational product and this is expected to be released for use in the study early in the December quarter of 2021.
Paxalisib phase II study
The final patient in the paxalisib phase II study has experienced disease progression after about 2.3 years on treatment.
A number of patients remain in follow-up and the study is expected to conclude in the second half of 2021.
Kazia anticipates no further interim analyses at this stage, and instead expects to release final data once the necessary analyses are complete.
Furthermore, Kazia has been advised of generally good progress across the ongoing investigator-initiated studies of paxalisib in other forms of brain cancer.
The company expects that the respective investigators will release initial data from several of these studies during this year.
Phase I study of EVT801
The study protocol for a planned phase I study of EVT801 has been submitted to ANSM, the French regulatory agency and Kazia expects to receive feedback from the agency late in the September quarter of 2021.
The initial batch of EVT801 investigational product has been manufactured and is ready for use.
Two leading academic research hospitals in France have been selected as the initial trial sites, with the potential to expand to additional sites as the study progresses.
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