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Poster Display session 2

4283 - Phase II Monotherapy Efficacy of Cancer Metabolism Targeting SM-88 in Heavily Pre-Treated PDAC Patients.


29 Sep 2019


Poster Display session 2


Tumour Site

Hepatobiliary Cancers


Allyson Ocean


Annals of Oncology (2019) 30 (suppl_5): v253-v324. 10.1093/annonc/mdz247


A. Ocean1, M. Noel2, A. Wang-Gillam3, S. Chawla4, V. Chung5, S. Pant6, R. Korn7, G. Del Priore8, V. Picozzi9

Author affiliations

  • 1 Medical Oncology, Weill Cornell Medical College, 10021 - New York/US
  • 2 Medical Oncology, University of Rochester Cancer Center, 14642 - Rochester/US
  • 3 Gastrointestinal Oncology Program, Division Of Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine, 63110 - St. Louis/US
  • 4 Medical Oncology, Sarcoma Oncology Research Center, 90403 - Santa Monica/US
  • 5 Medical Oncology, City of Hope, 91010 - Duarte/US
  • 6 Investigational Cancer Therapeutics, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Huston/US
  • 7 -, Imaging Endpoints, Scottsdale/US
  • 8 Cmo, Tyme Inc, 10004 - New York/US
  • 9 Medical Oncology, Virginia Mason Medical Center, 98101 - Seattle/US


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Abstract 4283


SM-88 (D,L-alpha-metyrosine; racemetyrosine [USAN]) is a relatively non-toxic, targeted therapy based on the Warburg Effect. It may be well suited for pancreas cancer because of its ability to penetrate tumors and tolerability in compromised patients.


Subjects progressed on at least one line of chemotherapy were randomized to receive either 460 mg/d or 920 mg/d single agent SM-88 administered with low doses of methoxsalen, phenytoin, and sirolimus (MPS) in the dose selecting stage of this trial. The primary endpoint is response rate by BICR.


As of April 2019, 49 subjects with stage IV pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma with radiographically documented progressive disease were enrolled and randomized. Mean age was 66 (45 – 85); median of 2 prior lines (1 – 5+); baseline median CA19.9 was 2,674 (0.8 – 651,696). There were 22 disease related SAEs before drug treatment, including 6 Grade 5 events. SM-88 was well tolerated with only four treatment-related Grade 3/4 adverse events in two subjects (and no treatment-related Grade 5 events). 94% of treated subjects (46/49) experienced a total 365 AEs, with only 17% (63/365) at least possibly treatment related. CTCs at baseline were detected in 100% (mean 138 cells/4 ml) and fell in 79% (23/29) evaluable subjects from 153 to a nadir of 54 cells/4 ml (median reduction 63% [18% - 100%]). 12% (4/33) evaluable subjects showed CA19.9 declines (-8% to –97% decline within 3 months), three of which also showed CTC declines. Subjects have remained on treatment a median of 6.9 wks (1.7 – 23.1). While progressive upon entry, 21% (8 of 38 evaluable subjects) displayed stable disease or better at 2 months or beyond. Of the 38 evaluable subjects, 42% (16/38) were alive at 4 months post randomization, and 24% (9/38) were alive at 6 months, which parallels carry over effect previously observed with SM-88. EORTC QLQ-C30, -PAN26, and correlative assays were obtained including leptin, genomics, and NLR.


SM-88 demonstrated unconfirmed monotherapy effect with no meaningful toxicity in a preliminary assessment of this ongoing trial. With additional follow up, dose and patient populations will be selected for expansion.

Clinical trial identification


Editorial acknowledgement

Legal entity responsible for the study

Tyme Inc.


Tyme Inc.


A. Ocean: Advisory / Consultancy: Tyme Inc. M. Noel: Advisory / Consultancy: Tyme Inc. A. Wang-Gillam: Advisory / Consultancy: Tyme Inc. S. Pant: Advisory / Consultancy: Tyme Inc. G. Del Priore: Leadership role, Shareholder / Stockholder / Stock options, Full / Part-time employment, Officer / Board of Directors: Tyme Inc. V. Picozzi: Advisory / Consultancy: Tyme Inc. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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