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Phase 1b Proof-of-Concept Study in Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer Patients Expands

March 2, 2021 • 4:04 pm CST
(Vax Before Cancer)

California-based NGM Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. announced it had dosed the first patient in an expansion of its ongoing Phase 1b proof-of-concept study of NGM120 in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer.

NGM120 is an antagonistic antibody that binds glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor receptor alpha-like (GFRAL) and inhibits growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF15) signaling.

This placebo-controlled study will evaluate the effect of NGM120 on both cancer and cancer-related cachexia.

Cachexia is the uncontrolled wasting of both skeletal muscle and fat linked to many cancers. It is estimated to affect 60% to 80% of advanced cancer patients and to be responsible for approximately 30% of all cancer deaths. 

This proof-of-concept expansion represents a pre-planned progression of an ongoing Phase 1a/1b dose-finding clinical trial NGM is conducting in patients with select advanced solid tumors and metastatic pancreatic cancer.

“We are pleased to advance NGM120 into a placebo-controlled, Phase 1b expansion in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. Patients with this aggressive disease are in particularly dire need of therapeutic solutions to fight their disease and enhance their quality of life,” commented Alex DePaoli, M.D., SVP, Chief Translational Officer at NGM, in a press release.

“Our approach of targeting the GDF15 receptor, GFRAL, gives NGM120 a novel profile in the GDF15 inhibition space and enables us to evaluate NGM120 as a potential treatment for both cancer-related cachexia and underlying cancer.”

NGM is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel therapeutics based on a scientific understanding of key biological pathways underlying liver and metabolic diseases, retinal diseases, and oncology. 

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