Rexahn Pharmaceuticals Announces Clinical Collaboration with Merck to Evaluate RX-5902 (Supinoxin™) in combination with KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) for Triple Negative Breast Cancer
“Rexahn is excited to announce this collaboration with Merck, an established leader in the field of immuno-oncology,” said
The study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of the combination of RX-5902 and KEYTRUDA in patients with metastatic TNBC who have progressed following at least one prior treatment. Under the terms of the agreement, Rexahn will sponsor the RX-5902 and KEYTRUDA study.
KEYTRUDA® is a registered trademark of
RX-5902 (Supinoxin) is an orally administered, potential first-in-class, small molecule inhibitor of phosphorylated-p68 (P-p68). P-p68, which is selectively overexpressed in cancer cells and is absent in normal tissue, modulates the activity of the β-catenin/Wnt pathway and plays a role in tumor progression, metastasis and tumor immunogenicity.
In preclinical studies, RX-5902 has been shown to inhibit the growth and proliferation of multiple human cancer cell lines (including triple negative breast cancer), decrease tumor growth in patient derived xenograft models and potentiate the activity of immune checkpoint inhibitors and other anti-tumor agents. RX-5902 is currently being evaluated as monotherapy in a Phase 2 clinical trial in patients with metastatic TNBC. Preliminary data was presented at
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