Efforts underway to accelerate patient recruitment and amend protocols
to improve patient outcomes.
Interim data readouts for both studies anticipated in H2 2023.
BOSTON — March 28, 2023 – Allarity Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALLR) (“Allarity” or “the Company”), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company developing novel oncology therapeutics together with drug-specific DRP® companion diagnostics for personalized cancer care, today announced updates to its ongoing phase 2 clinical programs evaluating IXEMPRA® and stenoparib as monotherapies.
For both IXEMPRA and stenoparib monotherapy trials, Allarity is taking steps to accelerate patient recruitment to support the goals for interim data readouts by the end of 2023. Due to slower than anticipated patient enrollment in both studies, owing in part to impacts of the COVID pandemic on trial site staffing, Allarity has expanded its collaboration with multiple contract research organizations (CROs) to substantially increase the number of active trial sites. The Company has also made changes to the clinical trial protocols to increase the availability of eligible participants for both monotherapy studies.
“Patient recruitment in oncology clinical trials is an ongoing challenge and has delayed target date readouts across our sector. I am optimistic that our ongoing efforts to address this challenge will make a positive impact on our goal of providing interim data readouts in our ongoing Phase 2 studies by year’s end,” said James G. Cullem, Chief Executive Officer of Allarity Therapeutics. “Similarly, our trial protocol amendments reflect Allarity’s adaptability and commitment to seek optimal patient benefit in our clinical studies, guided by our unique DRP companion diagnostics, to select and treat most likely-to-respond patients.”
Allarity is sponsoring an ongoing DRP-guided Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating IXEMPRA as a monotherapy in metastatic breast cancer in Europe. In addition to expanding its CRO partnerships, Allarity has implemented a trial protocol amendment that will lower the IXEMPRA-DRP companion diagnostic cut-off score, for enrollment, from 67% to 33%. As a result, Allarity anticipates that it will have sufficient DRP-positive patient enrollment to support an interim data readout from this study in late 2023.
The Company is also evaluating stenoparib as a monotherapy in ovarian cancer in an ongoing DRP-guided Phase 2 clinical trial. Based on early data (unpublished) from this study and in consultation with trial investigators and the Company’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), Allarity has implemented a trial protocol amendment to change patient dosing from once daily dose to a BID regimen (twice daily). The aim is to improve therapeutic benefit by providing a consistent level of the drug in the patient throughout the treatment period. As a result of these efforts, Allarity anticipates that it will have sufficient DRP-positive patient enrollment to support an interim data readout from this study in late 2023.
The dosing-related protocol amendment in the Phase 2 stenoparib monotherapy trial also aligns with the BID dosing strategy for Allarity’s recently initiated Phase 1b combination study of stenoparib and dovitinib for the treatment of advanced solid tumors.
About Allarity Therapeutics
Allarity Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALLR) develops drugs for personalized treatment of cancer guided by its proprietary and highly validated companion diagnostic technology, the DRP® platform. The Company has a mature portfolio of three drug candidates: stenoparib, a PARP inhibitor in Phase 2 development for ovarian cancer, and in Phase 1 development for advanced solid tumors in a combination treatment with dovitinib, a pan-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (pan-TKI) that has previously been developed through Phase 3 in renal cancer; and IXEMPRA® (Ixabepilone), a microtubule inhibitor approved in the U.S. and marketed by R-PHARM U.S. for the treatment of second-line metastatic breast cancer, currently in Phase 2 development in Europe for the same indication. Additionally, the Company has rights in two secondary assets: 2X-111, a liposomal formulation of doxorubicin for metastatic breast cancer and/or glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), which is the subject of discussions for a restructured out-license to Smerud Medical Research International AS; and LiPlaCis®, a liposomal formulation of cisplatin and its accompanying DRP®, being developed via a partnership with Chosa Oncology AB for late-stage metastatic breast cancer. The Company is headquartered in the United States and maintains an R&D facility in Hoersholm, Denmark. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.Allarity.com.
About the Drug Response Predictor – DRP® Companion Diagnostic
Allarity uses its drug-specific DRP to select those patients who, by the genetic signature of their cancer, are found to have a high likelihood of responding to the specific drug. By screening patients before treatment, and only treating those patients with a sufficiently high DRP score, the therapeutic response rate can be significantly increased. The DRP method builds on the comparison of sensitive vs. resistant human cancer cell lines, including transcriptomic information from cell lines combined with clinical tumor biology filters and prior clinical trial outcomes. DRP is based on messenger RNA from patient biopsies. The DRP platform has proven its ability to provide a statistically significant prediction of the clinical outcome from drug treatment in cancer patients in 37 out of 47 clinical studies that were examined (both retrospective and prospective), including ongoing, prospective Phase 2 trials of Stenoparib and IXEMPRA®. The DRP platform, which can be used in all cancer types and is patented for more than 70 anti-cancer drugs, has been extensively published in peer reviewed literature.
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