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Clinical Data on Salarius Pharmaceuticals’ Seclidemstat in Patients with MDS and CMML Presented at the 2024 European Hematology Association Annual Meeting

Patients were treated in the dose-escalation portion of the Phase 1/2 study evaluating seclidemstat in combination with azacitidine

Investigators reported a 43% overall response rate among 14 predominantly higher risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) patients who previously failed or relapsed after hypomethylating agent therapy

Median overall survival was 18.5 months (95% CI, range 6.1-30.9 months) with median event-free survival of 7.2 months (95% CI, range 6.3-8.2 months)

HOUSTON, June 17, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Salarius Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLRX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company using protein inhibition and protein degradation to develop cancer therapies for patients in need of new treatment options, today announced that investigators at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Leukemia department presented clinical data on seclidemstat in patients with MDS and CMML at the 2024 European Hematology Association (EHA) Hybrid Congress. The meeting was held in Madrid and virtually from June 13-16, 2024.

Seclidemstat is a novel oral, reversible, targeted LSD1 inhibitor.   The poster was presented by Guillermo Montalban-Bravo, M.D. on June 14th, and is available on Salarius’ website, in the Investors, Events and Presentations section here.

The objective of this investigator-initiated Phase 1/2 dose-escalation study is to evaluate the safety, tolerability, maximum tolerated dose and overall response of seclidemstat in combination with azacitidine in adult patients with higher-risk MDS or CMML who previously failed or relapsed after hypomethylating agent therapy. As of May 2024, 16 patients were enrolled in this study with 14 patients evaluable for efficacy.

As presented at EHA, of the 14 evaluable patients for efficacy, 6 (43%) had an objective response including 1 complete response, 3 marrow complete responses, 1 marrow complete response plus hematological improvement and 1 hematologic improvement. The median overall survival was 18.5 months (95% CI, range 6.1-30.9 months), median event-free survival was 7.2 months (95% CI, range 6.3-8.2 months) and median follow-up time was 18.9 months (95% CI, range 0-48 months) from treatment initiation. As reported, overall survival after failing therapy with hypomethylating agents typically is 4-6 months.

15 patients were evaluable for toxicity, with a dose-limiting toxicity observed in 1 patient in the 750mg BID cohort. Per protocol, the cohort was expanded to 3 additional patients. Based upon reported data, Salarius believes adverse events observed were manageable.

The Phase 1 dose-escalation portion of this study will evaluate up to six dose levels of seclidemstat. Cohort 5 (dose level 750mg BID seclidemstat in combination with azacitidine) is currently enrolling and cohort 6, the final cohort, will receive 900mg BID seclidemstat in combination with azacitidine. The maximum tolerated dose, which will inform the Phase 2 portion of the study, has not yet been reached.

“We are encouraged by these promising results at this early stage of the study when seclidemstat is combined with azacitidine at doses below what we believe will be the recommended Phase 2 dose,” said William McVicar, Ph.D., Chairman of the Salarius Pharmaceuticals Board of Directors. “Patients who have failed prior treatments including hypomethylating agents have a poor prognosis and are in desperate need of new treatment options. With a 43% overall response rate, median overall survival of 18.5 months and median event-free survival of 7.2 months, we agree with the investigators that these results show promising early signs of activity in a high-risk MDS and CMML treatment failure population.”

About Salarius Pharmaceuticals
Salarius Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing therapies for patients with cancer in need of new treatment options. Salarius’ product portfolio includes seclidemstat, its lead candidate, which is being studied as a potential treatment for pediatric cancers, sarcomas and other cancers with limited treatment options, and SP-3164, an oral small molecule protein degrader being developed for the treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Salarius has received financial support from the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation to advance the Ewing sarcoma program and was a recipient of a Product Development Award from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). For more information, please visit or follow Salarius on Twitter and LinkedIn.

In August 2023 Salarius announced a comprehensive review of strategic alternatives focused on maximizing shareholder value. While these efforts are ongoing, the Company continues to support its clinical programs, as appropriate, which includes the work being performed by the investigators at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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LHA Investor Relations
Kim Sutton Golodetz

By: GlobeNewswire - 17 Jun 2024
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