ONA-XR initial data signals positive clinical activity and confirmed tumor shrinkage
ONA-XR continues to be safe and well-tolerated
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Context Therapeutics Inc. (“Context” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CNTX), a company developing novel treatments for solid tumors, with a primary focus on female cancers, today announced that two patients have achieved a confirmed partial response (PR) among the first 12 patients (9 evaluable) enrolled in the Phase 2 OATH clinical trial evaluating the potential of Context’s oral progesterone receptor antagonist onapristone extended release (ONA-XR) in combination with anastrozole (ANA) to treat hormone receptor positive (HR+) metastatic endometrial cancer (EC).
“Data from the ongoing Phase 2 OATH clinical trial supports the potential for ONA-XR plus ANA combination therapy to serve as an effective therapeutic option in metastatic EC. We are encouraged by these findings and look forward to continued enrollment in the trial,” said Martin Lehr, CEO of Context Therapeutics.
Metastatic EC is an aggressive cancer of the uterus that is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related mortality in women and results in approximately 13,000 deaths per year in the United States. Current treatments are limited, with platinum plus taxane combination chemotherapy being the standard of care for first line metastatic disease. After first-line therapy, patients are typically treated with additional toxic infusion therapies, including chemotherapy or Lenvima® (lenvatinib) plus Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) combination therapy. Clinician and patient feedback indicates a high unmet need for a novel orally administered therapeutic that provides toxic therapy-like efficacy but with fewer debilitating side effects. Grade 3 or higher adverse events (AE) with standard EC therapies include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and hypertension.
Preliminary data from the ongoing Phase 2 OATH clinical trial evaluating the combination of ONA-XR with ANA in HR+ EC found that ONA-XR plus ANA demonstrated a 4-month progression free survival (PFS) rate of 77% and an overall response rate (ORR) of 22%. These results suggest that ONA-XR plus ANA exhibits favorable efficacy and tolerability relative to historical data that evaluated physician’s choice of chemotherapy (doxorubicin or paclitaxel) versus Lenvima plus Keytruda combination therapy in a similar treatment setting of metastatic EC.1
Preliminary Comparison of OATH Trial versus Historical Studies
|ONA-XR + ANA*||Chemotherapy||Lenvima + Keytruda|
|Patients (n)||12 (9 evaluable)||416||411|
|Lines of Prior Chemotherapy, n (%)|
|1||8 (67)||277 (67)||324 (79)|
|≥2||4 (33)||139 (33)||87 (21)|
|4-month PFS rate, n (%)||7 (77)||174 (42)**||278 (67)**|
|ORR, n (%)||2 (22)||61 (14)||131 (32)|
|Drug-related Discontinuation Rate, n (%)||0 (0)||31 (8)||134 (33)|
|Side Effects||Mainly Grade 1 or Grade 2 AE||73% experienced Grade 3 or higher AE||89% experienced Grade 3 or higher AE|
*Data cut off as of September 30, 2022, preliminary raw data; **Context estimates
Updated data regarding the Phase 2 OATH trial is expected to be provided in Q2 2023.
ONA-XR (onapristone extended release) is an oral, twice-a-day, selective progesterone receptor (PR) antagonist designed to block both ligand-dependent and ligand-independent activity of PR. Currently, there are no approved therapies that selectively target PR+ cancers. Preliminary preclinical and clinical data suggest that ONA-XR has anticancer activity by inhibiting PR binding to chromatin, downregulating cancer stem cell mobilization, and blocking immune evasion. In addition to the Phase 2 OATH clinical trial evaluating the combination of ONA-XR and anastrozole to treat endometrial cancer, ONA-XR is also being studied in other Phase 2 clinical trials, including two breast cancer trials in combination with selective estrogen receptor degraders (SERD). The Phase 1b/2 ELONA trial is evaluating the combination of ONA-XR plus the recently approved orally administered SERD ORSERDU™ (elacestrant) and the Phase 2 SMILE trial is evaluating the combination of ONA-XR with the injectable SERD fulvestrant. ONA-XR is an investigational drug that has not been approved for marketing by any regulatory authority.
About Context Therapeutics®
Context Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: CNTX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to advancing medicines for solid tumors, with a primary focus on female cancers. The Company’s pipeline includes small molecule and bispecific antibody drug candidates that target cancer signaling pathways. Context is advancing CTIM-76, a selective Claudin 6 (CLDN6) x CD3 bispecific antibody for CLDN6 positive tumors, currently in preclinical development. Context is also developing onapristone extended release (ONA-XR), a novel, first-in-class potent and selective progesterone receptor antagonist, currently in three Phase 2 clinical trials and one Phase 1b/2 clinical trial in hormone-driven breast, ovarian, and endometrial cancers. Context is headquartered in Philadelphia. For more information, please visit www.contexttherapeutics.com or follow the Company on Twitter and LinkedIn.
 Makker et al., 2022. Lenvatinib plus Pembrolizumab for Advanced Endometrial Cancer. The New England Journal of Medicine, 386 (2022), pp. 437 448, 10.1056/NEJMoa2108330
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