Bio-Path Holdings Presents Data from Ongoing Phase 2 Combination Study of Prexigebersen for Treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia at American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting

Positive Results from Interim Analysis Demonstrate Significant Clinical Improvement and Tolerable Safety Profile for Prexigebersen Combination in High-Risk Patients

HOUSTON, June 03, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bio-Path Holdings, Inc., (NASDAQ:BPTH), a biotechnology company leveraging its proprietary DNAbilize® liposomal delivery and antisense technology to develop a portfolio of targeted nucleic acid cancer drugs, presented interim results from the Company’s Phase 2 study of prexigebersen (BP1001) in combination with decitabine and venetoclax for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in an oral presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, on June 1, 2024 in Chicago, IL.

Maro Ohanian, D.O., Department of Leukemia, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, presented data showing prexigebersen continues to be well-tolerated and has demonstrated compelling efficacy results in two reporting cohorts including newly diagnosed AML patients and refractory/relapsed AML patients, both of which exceeded outcomes with frontline therapy.

“We were honored to have our data selected for oral presentation at ASCO as it underscores not only the quality of our data, but also highlights the continued unmet need for these most vulnerable cancer patients,” said Peter Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer of Bio-Path. “We continue to advance this important study confident that prexigebersen can make a difference in the lives of these patients for whom there are limited treatment options.”

Data Highlights

In Cohort 1, 31 newly diagnosed patients were enrolled; 20 evaluable patients (9 male: 45%) with a median age of 75 years (range, 69 - 84), treated with at least one cycle of prexigebersen, decitabine and venetoclax, had adverse-risk (n=12, 2017 ELN guidelines) or secondary AML (sAML; n=7) evolved from myelodysplastic syndromes (n=4), chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (n=1) or treatment-related AML (n=2). Fifteen patients (75% of evaluable; 54% of enrolled) achieved complete remission (CR), CRh (CR with partial recovery of peripheral blood counts), or CRi (CR with incomplete hematologic recovery); two patients achieved partial remission (PR) and two patients achieved stable disease (SD).

In Cohort 2, 38 relapsed/refractory patients were enrolled; 23 evaluable patients (13 male: 57%) with a median age of 63 years (range, 24 - 89), treated with at least one cycle of prexigebersen, decitabine and venetoclax, had adverse-risk (n=13) or sAML (n=5). Twelve patients (55% of evaluable; 32% of enrolled) achieved CR/CRi/CRh; one patient achieved PR, eight patients achieved SD and one patient had treatment failure.

Among the evaluable patients of both cohorts, adverse events were consistent with those expected with decitabine and venetoclax and/or AML, including fatigue (72%), anemia (60%) and neutropenia (49%), while the most frequent severe adverse events were febrile neutropenia (26%) and sepsis (5%). Given these promising interim results, Bio-Path expects to continue enrollment of up to 98 and 54 evaluable patients for Cohorts 1 and 2, respectively.

About Bio-Path Holdings, Inc.

Bio-Path is a biotechnology company developing DNAbilize®, a novel technology that has yielded a pipeline of RNAi nanoparticle drugs that can be administered with a simple intravenous transfusion. Bio-Path’s lead product candidate, prexigebersen (BP1001, targeting the Grb2 protein), is in a Phase 2 study for blood cancers, and BP1001-A, a drug product modification of prexigebersen, is in a Phase 1/1b study for solid tumors. The Company’s second product, BP1002, which targets the Bcl-2 protein, is being evaluated for the treatment of blood cancers and solid tumors, including lymphoma and acute myeloid leukemia. In addition, an IND is expected to be filed for BP1003, a novel liposome-incorporated STAT3 antisense oligodeoxynucleotide developed by Bio-Path as a specific inhibitor of STAT3.

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