At the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), University of Colorado Cancer Center researchers reported results of a Phase I trial of OMP-54F28 (FZD8-Fc), an investigational drug candidate discovered by OncoMed Pharmaceuticals targeting cancer stem cells (CSCs). The drug was generally well tolerated, and several of the 26 patients with advanced solid tumors experienced stable disease for greater than six months. Three trials are now open for OMP-54F28 (FZD8-Fc) in combinations with standard therapy for pancreatic, ovarian and liver cancers, being offered at the CU Cancer Center and elsewhere.
"These are optimistic results for one of the first targeted therapies for cancer stem cells," says Antonio Jimeno, MD, PhD, investigator at the CU Cancer Center, director of the university's Cancer Stem Cell-Directed Clinical Trials Program, and principal investigator of the clinical trial at the CU Cancer Center site. "And it is great to work with such a science-focused sponsor, whose vision aligns with ours: bringing to the clinic cutting-edge drugs and ideas that are focused on targeting CSCs. In the context of the collaboration between the Gates Center for Stem Cell Biology and the CU Cancer Center this was the second clinical trial we offered to our patients with the specific intent to eliminate the CSCs in their tumors."
OMP-54F28 (FZD8-Fc) is an antagonist of the Wnt pathway, a key CSC signaling pathway that regulates the fate of these cells. The Wnt pathway is known to be inappropriately activated in many major tumor types, including colon, breast, liver, lung and pancreatic cancers, and is critical for the function of CSCs. Because of this extensive validation, in the Jimeno lab and elsewhere, the Wnt pathway has been a major focus of anti-cancer drug discovery efforts. OMP-54F28 (FZD8-Fc) and a sister compound also developed by OncoMed, vantictumab (OMP-18R5), are two of the first therapeutic agents targeting t
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