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Sutro Biopharma Announces Interim Data from Dose-Expansion Cohort of STRO-002 Phase 1 Study for Patients with Advanced Ovarian Cancer

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– 33% Objective Response Rate (ORR) was observed in 33 RECIST evaluable patients across all FolRα expression levels and both dose levels.

– Dose response was observed, with a 47% ORR in 17 patients who started at the 5.2 mg/kg dose level.

– Tumor proportion score (TPS) was selected as an appropriate scoring algorithm for identifying an enriched target patient population based on FolRa expression levels.

– An ORR of 40% was observed for patients with TPS >25%, which, based on our patient data, represents about 70% of the advanced ovarian cancer patient population.

– Emerging safety profile was generally consistent with prior STRO-002 data, with no new safety signals observed, including the absence of keratopathy.  

– Co-principal investigator, Dr. Naumann, and Sutro management will present data at a STRO-002 virtual event at 2 pm PT/5 pm ET today.

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 5, 2022 – Sutro Biopharma, Inc. (“Sutro” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: STRO), a clinical-stage drug discovery, development and manufacturing company focused on the application of precise protein engineering and rational design to create next-generation cancer and autoimmune therapeutics, today provided a clinical update from the Company’s ongoing, fully enrolled, dose-expansion Phase 1 study of STRO-002, a folate receptor alpha (FolRα)-targeting antibody-drug conjugate (ADC), for patients with advanced ovarian cancer. Discussion of these data will be held at a STRO-002 Virtual Event at 2 pm PT/5 pm ET today.

“These interim data in the dose-expansion cohort showing deep responders in ovarian cancer patients treated with STRO-002 are compelling,” said Dr. R. Wendel Naumann, Professor & Director of Gynecologic Oncology Research, Associate Medical Director of Clinical Trials at Levine Cancer Institute, and an investigator on the STRO-002 study. “Patients entered the study with progressive disease and were a heavily pre-treated population and had experienced up to three lines of prior treatment. The interim data show that STRO-002 could potentially improve the lives of an underserved ovarian cancer patient population.”

The dose-expansion cohort for ovarian cancer enrolled 44 patients who had experienced up to three prior lines of therapy. As of the interim data cutoff date of Nov. 8, 2021, 43 patients had been randomized into dose levels starting at 4.3 mg/kg and 5.2 mg/kg, and one patient had not yet been dosed. 81% of the patients were platinum-resistant, and 63% and 65% of the patients had been treated previously with bevacizumab and PARP inhibitors, respectively. Of the 43 patients, 33 had at least one post-baseline scan and, therefore, were evaluable for RECIST v1.1 responses.

  • As of the Nov. 8, 2021, the interim data cutoff date, the Best Overall Response (BOR) for evaluable patients were as follows (N=33):
    • Seven patients had achieved partial responses (PR), which were confirmed with at least two post-baseline scans.
    • Five patients had unconfirmed partial responses (PRu), based on having received only one post-baseline scan as of the interim data cutoff date. Their next scheduled scan, subsequent to the interim data cutoff date, revealed the following: Four PRs were confirmed and one patient was in stable disease (SD).
    • An ORR of 33% (11 PRs out of 33 patients) was demonstrated in all evaluable patients, unenriched for FolRα-expression levels at both dose levels.
    • 14 total patients experienced SD, and 8 patients had progressive disease (PD).
  • Dose response was observed, with an ORR of 47% (8 PRs out of 17 patients), for patients who started at the 5.2 mg/kg dose level, unenriched for biomarker status.
  • Higher FolRα expression levels using TPS are correlated with higher response rates.
    • TPS has been identified as a potentially appropriate scoring algorithm for STRO-002 with respect to the biomarker enrichment strategy.
    • Based on an exploratory cut-off of TPS > 25%, a 40% ORR (10 PRs out of 25 patients) was observed. TPS ≤ 25% demonstrates 13% ORR.
  • Based on our data, an enrichment approach of TPS > 25% FolRα expression may enable treatment of about 70% of the advanced ovarian cancer patient population.
  • Safety signals from the 43 safety evaluable patients at the 5.2 mg/kg and 4.3 mg/kg starting dose levels were consistent with data from the dose-escalation cohort.
    • No new safety signals were observed in the dose-expansion cohort, including the absence of keratopathy.
    • 85.5% treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs) were Grade 1-2.
    • Neutropenia was the leading TEAE, resulting in treatment delay or dose reduction. The majority of the cases of neutropenia were generally asymptomatic and resolved with a one week dose delay or, in other cases, with standard medical treatment, including the use of G-CSF.
    • There were limited observed cases of febrile neutropenia, including one Grade 5 event at the 5.2 mg/kg starting dose level and one Grade 3 event at the 4.3 mg/kg starting dose level. The trial protocol was subsequently updated to require dose reduction for Grade 4 neutropenia.
  • Data from the STRO-002 dose-expansion cohort are expected to provide further information to inform regulatory discussions and a global registration strategy.

Dr. Arturo Molina, Chief Medical Officer of Sutro, added, “We are encouraged by the investigator interest in STRO-002 in the dose-expansion cohort, with full patient enrollment in under a year. These interim data underscore our confidence in STRO-002 as a potential therapeutic for patients with ovarian cancer, and we will continue to follow the patients who remain on treatment. With additional data continuing to mature, we expect to confirm our dosing regimen and our patient selection strategy based on FolRα expression. We plan to advance STRO-002 into the next phase of clinical development and leverage our Fast Track designation for continuous engagement with the FDA.”

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