Fusion Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Clearance of IND for FPI-2059, an Investigational Small Molecule-Based Radiopharmaceutical Targeting Solid Tumors Expressing NTSR1
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HAMILTON, ON and BOSTON, June 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Fusion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: FUSN), a clinical-stage oncology company focused on developing next-generation radiopharmaceuticals as precision medicines, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Company’s Investigational New Drug (IND) applications for [225Ac]-FPI-2059 (FPI-2059) and the corresponding imaging analogue [111In]-FPI-2058 (FPI-2058). FPI-2059 is a targeted alpha therapy (TAT) designed to use a small molecule to target and deliver actinium-225 to tumor sites expressing neurotensin receptor 1 (NTSR1), a protein that is overexpressed in multiple solid tumor types, including colorectal, pancreatic, gastric, neuroendocrine differentiated prostate, head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, and Ewing sarcoma cancers.
“The FPI-2059 program showcases Fusion’s ability to use our platform technology and R&D expertise to efficiently convert different classes of targeting molecules into TATs against innovative targets that are designed to address cancers with high unmet need,” said John Valliant, Ph.D. “With FPI-2059, we believe there is significant opportunity to address multiple solid tumor types, including neuroendocrine differentiated prostate cancer where PSMA expression is typically low and therefore patients are not adequately treated by existing radioligand therapies. We look forward to progressing FPI-2059, Fusion’s first small molecule-based TAT and third clinical program, into a Phase 1 study.”
Fusion acquired [177Lu]-IPN-1087 (IPN-1087), a lutetium-based beta-emitting radiopharmaceutical, from Ipsen in April 2021, and converted the compound to the alpha-emitting [225Ac]-FPI-2059. In clinical studies, IPN-1087 showed promising early safety data and good uptake in multiple tumor types. In a head-to-head in vivo comparison of therapeutic efficacy in a mouse xenograft model of colorectal cancer between FPI-2059 and IPN-1087, results show tumor regression with FPI-2059 is achieved at doses of approximately 1500 times lower than IPN-1087.
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