SEATTLE--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Calistoga Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the leader in the development of isoform-selective phosphatidylinositol 3 kinase (PI3K) inhibitors for the treatment of cancer and inflammatory diseases, today announced the initiation of a Phase 1 trial of CAL-101, the Company’s oral, PI3K delta inhibitor, in combination with standard of care agents Rituxan® (rituximab) and/or Treanda® (bendamustine) in patients with relapsed or refractory indolent non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
“Although rituximab and bendamustine have demonstrated clinical benefit in relapsed and refractory patients with indolent NHL and CLL, patients could benefit from a regimen that could provide improved depth & durability of response in a greater number of patients without adding additional toxicity”
The open-label, multicenter trial will evaluate the safety and efficacy of CAL-101 in three different regimens: CAL-101 plus rituximab, CA-101 plus bendamustine, and CAL-101 plus rituximab and bendamustine. The study is expected to enroll approximately 36 patients at multiple centers in the United States.
“Given the encouraging efficacy and safety we have observed with CAL-101 in our ongoing single-agent trial, it is a logical next step to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the addition of CAL-101 to current standard of care regimens,” said Carol Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer of Calistoga Pharmaceuticals.
CAL-101 is an oral, small molecule delta selective PI3 kinase inhibitor, a first in class compound, with greater than 200-fold selectivity in cell-based assays for the delta isoform as compared to other class 1 PI3K isoforms. CAL-101 is designed to induce cancer cell death and inhibit signaling pathways associated with cancer cell dependence on the tumor microenvironment.
Interim results from the ongoing Phase 1 single agent study of CAL-101 in patients with relapsed or refractory hematologic malignancies have demonstrated overall response rates of 71 percent, 75 percent, and 29 percent for patients with indolent NHL, mantle cell lymphoma, and CLL, respectively. The median duration of response is not yet determined as the majority of patients who responded continue on therapy. CAL-101 was generally well tolerated with a low incidence of hematologic adverse events. The dose-limiting toxicity is an elevation of liver transaminases. These elevations occur at a low frequency, are monitorable and reversible, and most patients continue therapy on a reduced dose. To date, over 120 patients have been enrolled in the CAL-101 single agent trial.
“Although rituximab and bendamustine have demonstrated clinical benefit in relapsed and refractory patients with indolent NHL and CLL, patients could benefit from a regimen that could provide improved depth & durability of response in a greater number of patients without adding additional toxicity,” said Albert Yu, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Calistoga Pharmaceuticals. “This trial will provide the first understanding of the efficacy and safety of CAL-101 combination therapy.”
Calistoga has also initiated a long-term safety extension study to allow patients who derive clinical benefit at the end of the 12-month treatment period in standard CAL-101 protocols to continue on CAL-101 treatment until disease progression.
About Calistoga Pharmaceuticals
Calistoga Pharmaceuticals is dedicated to developing targeted therapy to improve the health of patients with cancer and inflammatory diseases. Calistoga Pharmaceuticals has a portfolio of proprietary compounds selectively targeting isoforms of the PI3K pathway. The Company’s most advanced compound, CAL-101, a selective PI3K delta inhibitor, is under clinical evaluation in patients with B cell malignancies. Calistoga is a private company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. For more information, visit the Company’s website at: www.calistogapharma.com.