Scholar Rock Provides Corporate Update and Highlights Priorities for 2021
- TOPAZ Phase 2 trial evaluating apitegromab in spinal muscular atrophy on-track to report top-line results from the 12-month treatment period in 2Q21
- SRK-181 DRAGON Phase 1 trial enrolling patients with solid tumors in Part A2; initial clinical response and safety data anticipated 2H21
- Ended 2020 with approximately
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2021 Expected Milestones:
Apitegromab is a highly selective inhibitor of latent myostatin activation being developed as the potential first muscle-directed therapy for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
Top-line Efficacy and Safety Data from TOPAZ Phase 2 Trial in SMA Anticipated in 2Q21. A total of 58 patients were enrolled across the three cohorts of the TOPAZ clinical trial with one discontinuation to date. Positive six-month interim analysis data were announced in
October 2020, demonstrating apitegromab’s potential to improve motor function in patients with Type 2 and Type 3 SMA. The top-line 12-month efficacy and safety data are expected in the second quarter of 2021.
Identification of Second Indication for Apitegromab Planned for 2021. With the demonstration of initial proof-of-concept from the TOPAZ interim analysis,
Scholar Rockis actively evaluating multiple other disorders for which the selective inhibition of the activation of myostatin may offer therapeutic benefit.
SRK-181 is a potent and highly selective inhibitor of latent transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGFβ1) activation being developed with an aim of overcoming resistance to and increasing the number of patients who may benefit from, checkpoint inhibitor therapy.
- Initial Clinical Response and Safety Data from the DRAGON Trial are Anticipated in the Second Half of 2021. SRK-181 is being evaluated in the two-part DRAGON Phase 1 trial in patients with locally advanced or metastatic solid tumors exhibiting primary resistance to anti-PD-(L)1 therapy. Dose escalation in Part A of the DRAGON trial is progressing with the highest planned dose of 2400 mg now being evaluated in Part A1 (SRK-181 as a single-agent) and the 800 mg dose being currently evaluated in Part A2 (SRK-181 in combination with an approved anti-PD-(L)1 therapy).
The DRAGON trial is anticipated to advance to Part B in the second quarter of 2021, which is expected to encompass multiple cohorts, including urothelial carcinoma, cutaneous melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer, and other solid tumors. Each cohort will enroll up to 40 patients with locally advanced or metastatic solid tumors for which they have been treated with an approved anti-PD-(L)1 therapy and have demonstrated primary resistance. Patients in Part B will be treated with SRK-181 in combination with an approved anti-PD-(L)1 therapy.
“We enter 2021 with positive momentum across our programs. We believe we’ve demonstrated the potential of our novel scientific approach to treating a wide array of disease areas for which growth factors play a critical role in disease progression,” said
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