Targeting IND-enabling program for TYME-18 in 2H2019
New York City, NY (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Tyme Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TYME), an emerging biotechnology company developing cancer metabolism-based therapies (CMBTs), announced the addition of a new pre-clinical development candidate, TYME-18, to the Company’s pipeline of medical innovation.
TYME-18 is an investigational cancer metabolism-based therapy (CMBT) designed for intra-tumoral injection to increase the permeability of cancer cells. The direct delivery of TYME-18 to the tumor target, in contrast to conventional systemic therapies, aims to localize the effect of the agent to the tumor, while limiting systemic effects and minimizing damage to healthy tissues. TYME-18, like SM-88, was designed to target a physiological result of the Warburg Effect – the acidic tumor microenvironment – and has demonstrated potent responses with a well-tolerated safety profile within a pre-clinical cancer model.
TYME believes its growing pipeline of investigational CMBTs represents a promising new class of disease-altering therapies that provide an innovative approach to treating a variety of cancers. The precise mechanism of action of CMBTs in the treatment of cancers is still being defined and may differ among types of cancers depending on their underlying pathobiologies. CMBTs have similar intra-tumoral effects involving an increase in oxidative stress and the disruption of protein synthesis, which disarms cancer cells by compromising their protective mucin layer. However, individual CMBTs may demonstrate a unique potency profile that potentially indicates selective applicability for distinct diseases and conditions.
In initial preclinical xenograft mouse studies, TYME-18 was able to completely resolve over 90 percent (11/12 mice) of established colorectal tumors within 12 days versus an average of over 600 percent growth in the control animals. Additionally, there was no detected necrosis of the normal tissue surrounding the tumor site or other identified toxicities in the animals treated with TYME-18. TYME plans to continue with the development of TYME-18 in solid tumors and to provide details of an IND-enabling program in the second half of 2019.
“Our goal is to provide a new approach that can be used to reduce or eliminate difficult-to-reach tumors that may not be accessible surgically in a way that spares healthy tissue,” said TYME CEO Steve Hoffman. “TYME may offer oncologists, as well as surgeons, new treatment tools for patients with remote or inoperable tumors based on a better understanding of ways to induce cancer death through the use of cancer metabolism-based therapies.”
SM-88 and TYME-18 are investigational therapies that are not approved for any disease indication.
TYME-18 is a cancer metabolism-based investigational cancer therapy designed for the intra-tumoral delivery of medicine to increase the permeability of cancer cells while delivering a therapy that will have a selective cytotoxic effect on the tumor. TYME-18 is distinct in composition, but like SM-88, it aims to enhance the susceptibility of a cancer to the highly acidic and toxic tumor microenvironment, while minimizing the impact to normal tissues.
SM-88 is an investigational oral therapy that uses a proprietary dysfunctional tyrosine derivative that is hypothesized to interrupt the metabolic processes of cancer cells by breaking down the cells’ key defenses and leading to cell death through oxidative stress and exposure to the body’s natural immune system. Clinical trial data have shown that SM-88 has demonstrated encouraging tumor response across 15 different cancers, including pancreatic, lung, breast, prostate and sarcoma cancers with minimal serious grade 3 or higher adverse events.
About Tyme Technologies
Tyme Technologies, Inc., is an emerging biotechnology company developing cancer therapeutics that are intended to be broadly effective across tumor types and have low toxicity profiles. Unlike targeted therapies that attempt to regulate specific mutations within cancer, the Company’s therapeutic approach is designed to take advantage of a cancer cell’s innate metabolic weaknesses to compromise its defenses, leading to cell death through oxidative stress and exposure to the body’s natural immune system. For more information, visit www.tymeinc.com. Follow us on social media: @tyme_Inc, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.
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