Ayala Pharmaceuticals Presents Positive Interim Data from RINGSIDE Pivotal Phase 2/3 Trial of AL102 in Desmoid Tumors at ESMO Congress 2022
- Updated interim results from Part A of RINGSIDE show first confirmed partial response (PR) achieved at week 16 and 3 additional unconfirmed PRs over the follow-up period -
- Consistent early tumor shrinkage with measures deepening over time -
- AL102 was well tolerated at all doses evaluated -
- Part B and Open-Label Extension being initiated with the selected dose of 1.2mg once daily -
- Company to host Key Opinion Leader event on September 28 to discuss results -
REHOVOT, Israel and WILMINGTON, Del., Sept. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ayala Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: AYLA), a clinical-stage oncology company focused on developing and commercializing small molecule therapeutics for patients suffering from rare tumors and aggressive cancers today announces updated, positive interim results from Part A of the ongoing RINGSIDE Pivotal Phase 2/3 clinical trial evaluating investigational new drug AL102 in desmoid tumors. AL102 is a potent, selective, oral gamma-secretase inhibitor.
The data are being featured in an oral presentation today at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress 2022. The presentation entitled, “Initial Results of Phase 2/3 Trial of AL102 for Treatment of Desmoid Tumors” is being delivered by Prof. Robin Jones, M.D., Head of the Sarcoma Unit at The Royal Marsden, London, UK.
“The results presented at ESMO from the RINGSIDE study are very encouraging. AL102 demonstrated an early and meaningful effect on tumors within a 16-week period and was well tolerated, which could allow for long term treatment of patients. AL102 has the potential to significantly improve the lives of patients suffering from desmoid tumors who currently have no approved therapy,” said Prof. Robin Jones.
Jeanne Whiting, Executive Director & Co-Founder of the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation stated, “Desmoid tumors are rare, connective tissue tumors that can have aggressive infiltrative growth and high risk of local recurrence. Patients and physicians struggle with the fact that there are no FDA-approved therapies. We are very encouraged by the results presented by Ayala and the opportunity that AL102 holds in improving outcomes for patients with this rare condition.”
“We are excited to share strong interim results from the AL102 RINGSIDE study at this year’s ESMO Congress which continue to demonstrate early and meaningful anti-tumor activity as monotherapy in patients with desmoid tumors,” said Roni Mamluk, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Ayala. “Efficacy was demonstrated across all cohorts of Part A of the study, with early responses that deepened over time. The results also showed that AL102 was well-tolerated across all doses. We are advancing to Part B of RINGSIDE with a selected dose of 1.2mg once daily, as well as enrolling patients in the open label extension study. The results presented today give us increased confidence in the potential for AL102 to improve the lives of patients with desmoid tumors.”
Results as of the Cut-Off Date of July 14, 2022
Part A Interim Efficacy Results:
- Patient enrollment in Part A of RINGSIDE was completed in February 2022. Patients were dosed in AL102 monotherapy cohorts of 1.2mg (once daily), 2mg (2 days on, 5 days off), or 4mg (2 days on, 5 days off).
- The activity of AL102 is being evaluated by change in tumor volume (central MRI readings) and response (per RECIST 1.1) determined by blinded independent central review. At data cut, 28 patients were evaluable for tumor volume and 29 were evaluable for RECIST with a scan at base line and at least one additional scan at week 16.
- 12 subjects had follow up MRI scans at week 28 and one patient had a scan at week 40.
- One patient had a partial response (PR) per RECIST at week 16, confirmed at week 28.
- Three additional unconfirmed PRs were observed, two at week 28 and one at week 40.
- Continuous tumor volume reduction was observed over time in all patients that underwent 2 or more MRI scans.
Part A Interim Efficacy Results of Selected Dose of 1.2mg daily:
- At week 16 there were 9 evaluable patients for RECIST in the selected dose of 1.2mg once daily with one PR observed, confirmed at week 28. The remaining 8 patients had stable disease, of which 7 patients had a tumor reduction.
- At week 28 there were three patients evaluable for RECIST in the selected dose of 1.2mg daily with one confirmed and one unconfirmed PR and one stable disease with all patients showing tumor reduction and deepening of tumor shrinkage since previous scan.
- At the selected dose of 1.2mg once daily, at week 16 there were 9 evaluable patients for volume change with 7 patients experiencing tumor volume reduction. At week 28 there were three evaluable patients for volume change in the selected dose of 1.2mg once daily with all three patients experiencing continuous tumor shrinkage.
Part A Safety:
- AL102 was generally well tolerated at all doses
- Most adverse events were grade 1 or 2 and included mainly diarrhea
- No grade 4 or 5 events were observed and low rates of grade 3 events.
- At the selected dose (1.2 mg once daily) 3 out of the 14 patients (21.4%) had grade 3 events.
- Ovarian dysfunction was observed in about 22% of women with childbearing potential (N=23)
About the RINGSIDE study
The RINGSIDE pivotal Phase 2/3 study is a randomized global multi-center trial. Part A of the study is evaluating the efficacy, safety, tolerability, and tumor volume by MRI after 16 weeks of AL102 in patients with desmoid tumors. It enrolled 42 patients and is evaluating 3 doses of AL102. Patients who participated in Part A are eligible to enroll into an open-label extension study at the Part B selected dose of 1.2 mg daily, and long-term efficacy and safety will be monitored.
Part B of the study is a double-blind, placebo-controlled segment enrolling up to 156 patients with progressive disease, comparing AL102 at 1.2 mg once daily to placebo. The primary endpoint for Part B will be progression-free survival (PFS) with secondary endpoints including objective response rate (ORR), duration of response (DOR), tumor volume reduction, and patient-reported Quality of Life (QOL) measures. For more information on the RINGSIDE Phase 2/3 study with AL102 for the treatment of desmoid tumors, please visit ClinicalTrials.gov and reference Identifier NCT04871282 (RINGSIDE).
About Desmoid Tumors
Desmoid tumors also called aggressive fibromatosis or desmoid-type fibromatosis, are rare connective tissue tumors that typically arise in the upper and lower extremities, abdominal wall, head and neck area, mesenteric root, and chest wall with the potential to arise in additional parts of the body. Desmoid tumors do not metastasize, but often aggressively infiltrate neurovascular structures and vital organs. People living with desmoid tumors are often limited in their daily life due to chronic pain, functional deficits, general decrease in their quality of life and organ dysfunction. Desmoid tumors have an annual incidence of approximately 1,700 patients in the United States and typically occur in patients between the ages of 15 and 60 years. They are most commonly diagnosed in young adults between 30-40 years of age and are more prevalent in females. Today, surgery is no longer regarded as the cornerstone treatment of desmoid tumors due to a high rate of recurrence post-surgery and there are currently no FDA-approved systemic therapies for the treatment of unresectable, recurrent or progressive desmoid tumors.
About Ayala Pharmaceuticals
Ayala Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage oncology company focused on developing and commercializing small molecule therapeutics for patients suffering from rare tumors and aggressive cancers. Ayala’s approach is focused on predicating, identifying and addressing tumorigenic drivers of cancer through a combination of its bioinformatics platform and next-generation sequencing to deliver targeted therapies to underserved patient populations. The company has two product candidates under development, AL101 and AL102, targeting the aberrant activation of the Notch pathway with gamma secretase inhibitors to treat a variety of tumors including Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC), T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (T-ALL), Desmoid Tumors and Multiple Myeloma (MM). AL101, has received Fast Track Designation and Orphan Drug Designation from the U.S. FDA and is currently in a Phase 2 clinical trial for patients with ACC (ACCURACY) bearing Notch activating mutations. AL102 is currently in a Pivotal Phase 2/3 clinical trials for patients with desmoid tumors (RINGSIDE). For more information, visit www.ayalapharma.com.
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