NEWARK, Calif., Nov. 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rain Therapeutics Inc. (NasdaqGS: RAIN), (“Rain”), a late-stage company developing precision oncology therapeutics, today announced that the first patient has been dosed in the multicenter, single arm, open-label, Phase 2 basket trial evaluating milademetan, an oral mouse double minute 2 (MDM2) inhibitor, for the treatment of MDM2-amplified advanced solid tumors.
“The Rain team has worked extraordinarily hard to now commence our second clinical trial for milademetan,” said Avanish Vellanki, chief executive officer of Rain Therapeutics. “The MANTRA-2 study reflects our precision oncology focus to base our development strategy on the underlying biological drivers in cancer, now across a tumor-agnostic clinical trial. We have also identified a level of gene amplification of MDM2 that we believe will select for patients most likely to benefit.”
Richard Bryce, MBChB, chief medical officer of Rain Therapeutics continued, “the opening of our Phase 2 basket trial is a significant step forward in leveraging the safety profile of milademetan for patients with advanced tumors that exhibit wild-type p53 and amplified MDM2 who do not respond, or stop responding, to standard-of-care therapy.”
The MANTRA-2 trial is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of milademetan in patients with advanced or metastatic solid tumors refractory or intolerant to standard-of-care therapy and that exhibit wild-type p53 and a prespecified minimum MDM2 gene copy number. Approximately 65 patients are anticipated to be enrolled to receive milademetan. The primary endpoint of the trial is objective response rate as measured by RECIST criteria. Secondary endpoints include duration of response, disease control rate progression-free survival by investigator assessment, overall survival and, and growth modulation index. An interim analysis from MANTRA-2 is anticipated in the second half of 2022.
Milademetan is a small molecule, oral inhibitor of MDM2, which is oncogenic in numerous cancers. Milademetan has already demonstrated antitumor activity in an MDM2-amplified subtype of liposarcoma (LPS) and other solid tumors in a Phase 1 clinical trial, supporting a rationally-designed dosing schedule to mitigate safety concerns and widen the therapeutic window of MDM2 inhibition. Milademetan is being evaluated in an ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial in patients with LPS (MANTRA), as well as a Phase 2 tumor-agnostic basket trial in certain solid tumors (MANTRA-2). Rain Therapeutics also anticipates commencing a Phase 2 clinical trial of milademetan (MANTRA-3), for the treatment of patients with Merkel cell carcinoma who are polyoma virus-positive and refractory to immune checkpoint inhibition (ICI), in mid-2022. Milademetan has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration Orphan Drug Designation for patients with LPS.
About Rain Therapeutics Inc.
Rain Therapeutics Inc. is a late-stage precision oncology company developing therapies that target oncogenic drivers for which it is able to genetically select patients it believes will most likely benefit. This approach includes using a tumor-agnostic strategy to select patients based on their tumors’ underlying genetics rather than histology. Rain’s lead product candidate, milademetan, is a small molecule, oral inhibitor of MDM2, which is oncogenic in numerous cancers. In addition to milademetan, Rain is also developing a preclinical program that is focused on inducing synthetic lethality in cancer cells by inhibiting RAD52.
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