Nuvectis Pharma Announces Initiation of the NXP900 Phase 1a Clinical Trial

Fort Lee, NJ, Sept. 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nuvectis Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVCT) (“Nuvectis” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative precision medicines for the treatment of serious conditions of unmet medical need in oncology, today announced the initiation of a Phase 1a dose escalation clinical trial of NXP900, its novel inhibitor of the SRC/YES1 kinase family (“SFK”). The study is designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetic properties of NXP900 in patients with advanced solid tumors.

SFKs are aberrantly activated in various cancer types and they are central mediators of various oncogenic processes such as proliferation, survival, cell adhesion, invasion, and angiogenesis. NXP900 is a potent and highly selective SFK inhibitor, including low nanomolar IC50 against YES1 and SRC (0.5nM and 2.4nM, respectively) that demonstrated robust single agent anti-cancer activity against several solid tumor types in preclinical models.

“Advancing NXP900 into its first in human clinical trial is an important milestone for Nuvectis,” said Ron Bentsur, Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nuvectis, who added, “We believe that NXP900’s unique mechanism of action, which completely shuts down signaling via SFK, in conjunction with its high target specificity, differentiates it from other multi-kinase inhibitors that also inhibit SFK and provide it with the potential to become the first SFK inhibitor for the treatment of solid tumors.”

About Nuvectis Pharma, Inc.
Nuvectis Pharma, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative precision medicines for the treatment of serious conditions of unmet medical need in oncology. The Company is currently developing two drug candidates, NXP800 and NXP900. NXP800 is an oral small molecule currently in a Phase 1b clinical trial investigating its potential to treat platinum resistant, ARID1a-mutated ovarian carcinoma. The FDA granted Fast Track Designation to the NXP800 development program in platinum resistant, ARID1a-mutated ovarian carcinoma, and Orphan Drug Designation for the treatment of cholangiocarcinoma. NXP900 is an oral small molecule SFK inhibitor currently in a Phase 1a dose escalation clinical trial.

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Company Contact
Ron Bentsur
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President 

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