Reports additional ZN-c3 Phase 1 interim monotherapy data, demonstrating increased tumor reduction and durability in the exceptional responder population, as well as newly confirmed responses and an additional unconfirmed PR in USC
Potential accelerated approval path identified for monotherapy use of ZN-c3 in USC following End-of-Phase 1 FDA meeting, with registrational study recently initiated
Company will seek FDA guidance on a potentially registrational trial for a tumor-agnostic, novel predictive biomarker-enabled ZN-c3 trial, which is expected to initiate by year-end
Orphan drug and rare pediatric disease designations granted for ZN-c3 in combination with chemotherapy for osteosarcoma, trial expected to initiate in 3Q 2021
Interim data from ZN-c5 Phase 1 clinical trial supports its potential best-in-class safety and tolerability profiles in monotherapy and in combinations
Company to host webcast event today, June 28, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. EDT
NEW YORK and SAN DIEGO, June 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zentalis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZNTL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing small molecule therapeutics targeting fundamental biological pathways of cancers, today announced key clinical and regulatory updates across its pipeline.
“We continue to build substantial value in Zentalis’ portfolio, driving toward approval of our differentiated cancer therapeutics to help patients worldwide,” commented Dr. Anthony Sun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zentalis. “Based on our clinical results reported to date, the emerging clinical profiles of our candidates support the potential for best-in-class positioning for a range of tumor types addressing large patient populations, is use as a monotherapy or in combinations. In particular, we are excited about the compelling profile of ZN-c3, our WEE1 inhibitor, as it demonstrated additional, deepening and durable tumor responses as a monotherapy in heavily pretreated solid tumors. These promising data set the stage for the many upcoming planned trials – two of which have the potential to be registrational monotherapy studies in indications with significant unmet medical needs. We look forward to a productive second half of 2021, as we focus on delivering on our milestones across our entire pipeline.”
ZN-c3: Oral WEE1 Inhibitor for Solid Tumors
Updates from our ongoing trials of ZN-c3 continue to support the potential for our WEE1 inhibitor, ZN-c3, to be both first-in-class and best-in-class. Since our last update at AACR in April 2021, and as of the data cut-off date of May 15, 2021:
ZN-c5: Oral SERD for ER+/HER2- Advanced or Metastatic Breast Cancer
Based on the interim results from multiple ongoing trials, ZN-c5 has demonstrated the potential to support best-in-class tolerability in both monotherapy and combination settings, with strong clinical results observed. As of May 11, 2021, the following data were collected:
Monotherapy Trials (Expansion and Dose Escalation)
Combination Dose Escalation Trials with Pfizer ’s CDK4/6 Palbociclib and Lilly’s CDK4 and 6 Abemaciclib
Window of Opportunity Trial
ZN-d5: Highly Selective Oral BCL-2 Inhibitor for Hematologic Tumors
ZN-e4: 3rd Generation Oral EGFR Inhibitor for Non-Small-Cell Lung Carcinoma
Zentalis will host a webcast event today, June 28, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. EDT. To register and access the event, the webcast link is available on the Investors & Media section of the Zentalis website at www.zentalis.com.
About Zentalis Pharmaceuticals
Zentalis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing small molecule therapeutics targeting fundamental biological pathways of cancers. The Company is developing a broad pipeline of potentially best-in-class oncology candidates, all internally discovered, which include ZN-c5, an oral selective estrogen receptor degrader (SERD) for ER+/HER2- breast cancer, ZN-c3, a WEE1 inhibitor for advanced solid tumors, ZN-d5, a BCL-2 inhibitor for hematologic malignancies, and ZN-e4, an EGFR inhibitor for non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). Zentalis has licensed ZN-c5, ZN-c3 and ZN-d5 to its majority-owned joint venture, Zentera Therapeutics, to develop and commercialize these candidates in China. Zentalis has operations in both New York and San Diego.
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Gitanjali Jain Ogawa