Blueprint Medicines Publication in Cancer Discovery Highlights Preclinical and Clinical Proof-of-Concept Data for Highly Selective RET Inhibitor BLU-667
The manuscript reports detailed preclinical data characterizing the potency and selectivity of BLU-667 against oncogenic RET variants and resistant mutants and anti-tumor activity in multiple solid tumor models. In addition, four patient vignettes from the ongoing Phase 1 ARROW clinical trial describe clinical responses in patients with RET-KIF5B-altered NSCLC and medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) harboring multiple RET mutations, including patients who had progressed on prior multi-kinase therapy.
"The publication of our work in Cancer Discovery highlights BLU-667's compelling preclinical profile and preliminary clinical activity in patients with RET-altered cancers and further demonstrates the power of
RET has long been recognized as an oncogene that drives multiple cancers. However, there are currently no approved selective RET inhibitors, and RET-targeted treatment is limited to non-selective multi-kinase therapies that can have significant off-target toxicities and limited efficacy. BLU-667 was specifically designed by
Key highlights included:
- In vitro studies show BLU-667 has 10- to 10,000-fold increased potency against oncogenic RET variants and resistant mutants over approved multi-kinase inhibitors. In addition, BLU-667 has 20-fold increased potency against RET-KIF5B fusions, the most common RET alteration in patients with NSCLC, compared to the investigational multi-kinase inhibitor RXDX-105.
- Additional in vitro studies show BLU-667 is 88-fold more selective for RET over VEGFR-2, which when inhibited can result in dose-limiting toxicities. Overall, BLU-667 is 100-fold more selective for RET over 96 percent of 371 kinases tested.
- In vivo studies show BLU-667 potently inhibits the growth of NSCLC, MTC and colorectal tumors in RET-driven disease models, including models harboring multi-kinase inhibitor-resistant mutants.
- Four patient vignettes from the ongoing Phase 1 ARROW clinical trial show that BLU-667 significantly inhibits RET signaling and induces durable clinical responses in patients with RET-altered NSCLC and MTC without notable off-target toxicity, providing clinical validation for selective RET targeting.
The paper, titled "Precision targeted therapy with BLU-667 for RET-driven cancers," was published online in Cancer Discovery on
BLU-667 is an orally available, potent and highly selective inhibitor designed to target RET fusions, mutations and predicted resistance mutations.
About RET-Altered NSCLC, MTC and Other Solid Tumors
RET activating fusions and mutations are a key disease driver in multiple cancers, including NSCLC and MTC. RET fusions are implicated in approximately 1-2% of patients with NSCLC, while RET mutations are implicated in approximately 60% of patients with MTC and 10% of papillary thyroid cancer. In addition, genomic analyses published by scientists at
Blueprint Medicines is developing a new generation of targeted and potent kinase medicines to improve the lives of patients with genomically defined diseases. Its approach is rooted in a deep understanding of the genetic blueprint of cancer and other disease driven by the abnormal activation of kinases.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including, without limitation, statements regarding plans and timelines for the clinical development of BLU-667; expectations regarding the safety and efficacy of BLU-667 and the potential benefits of BLU-667 in treating patients with RET-altered cancers; and
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Kristin Hodous, 617-714-6674, KHodous@blueprintmedicines.com; Jim Baker, 617-844-8236, JBaker@blueprintmedicines.com