LOXO-195 is a next-generation, selective TRK inhibitor capable of addressing potential mechanisms of acquired resistance that may emerge in patients receiving larotrectinib (LOXO-101) or multikinase inhibitors with anti-TRK activity.
Acquired resistance to targeted therapies has proven to be an important component of long-term cancer care and targeted therapy drug development. LOXO-195 was developed in anticipation of potential resistance to larotrectinib (LOXO-101), and in light of recent published literature regarding emerging mechanisms of resistance to TRK inhibition. With the LOXO-195 program, Loxo Oncology has an opportunity to clinically extend the duration of disease control for patients with TRK-driven cancers.
In May 2017, Loxo Oncology received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an Investigational New Drug (IND) application for LOXO-195. Loxo Oncology plans to initiate a multi-center Phase 1/2 study in mid-2017. The primary objective of the trial is to determine the maximum tolerated dose or recommended dose for further study. Key secondary objectives include measures of safety, pharmacokinetics, and anti-tumor activity (i.e. Objective Response Rate and Duration of Response, as determined by RECIST v1.1). The trial will include a dose escalation phase and dose expansion phase.
Data presented at the 2016 AACR-NCI-EORTC International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics illustrated the potency, specificity, and favorable in vivo properties in animals of LOXO-195, our clinical candidate. Read the poster presented at AACR-NCI-EORTC here.
A research brief published in Cancer Discovery in June 2017 outlines the preclinical rationale for LOXO-195 and clinical proof-of-concept data from the first two patients treated. Read the publication here.