Onconova Therapeutics (ONTX) – 3Q23 Reported With Several 2024 Milestones Announced

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Onconova Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel products for patients with cancer. The Company has proprietary targeted anti-cancer agents designed to disrupt specific cellular pathways that are important for cancer cell proliferation. Onconova’s novel, proprietary multi-kinase inhibitor narazaciclib (formerly ON 123300) is being evaluated in a combination trial with estrogen blockade in advanced endometrial cancer. Based on preclinical and clinical studies of CDK 4/6 inhibitors, Onconova is also evaluating opportunities for combination studies with narazaciclib in additional indications. Onconova’s product candidate rigosertib is being studied in multiple investigator-sponsored studies. These studies include a dose-escalation and expansion Phase 1/2a study of oral rigosertib in combination with nivolumab in patients with KRAS+ non-small cell lung cancer, a Phase 2 program evaluating rigosertib monotherapy in advanced squamous cell carcinoma complicating recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB-associated SCC), and a Phase 2 trial evaluating rigosertib in combination with pembrolizumab in patients with metastatic melanoma.

Robert LeBoyer, Senior Vice President, Equity Research Analyst, Biotechnology, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.

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Clinical Milestones For Narazaciclib and Rigosertib Expected In 2024. Onconova reported a 3Q23 loss of $4.7 million or $(0.23) per share. Cash on hand at the end of the quarter was $25.2 million, which we believe is sufficient to fund operations through 3Q24. The company reviewed several recent data presentations and the clinical milestones ahead for 2024.

An Additional Dose Level Has Been Added To The Narazaciclib Phase 1/2 Study.  As expected, Onconova announced that an additional dosing cohort has been added to the Phase 1/2 dose-escalation trial in solid tumors. The maximum tolerated dose  (MTD) was not reached in the first 6 cohorts, and did not show neutropenia and diarrhea commonly seen in other CDK4/6 inhibitors. This allows a higher dose level to be tested. The Phase 1/2 trial is expected to continue into 1Q23, followed by Phase 2 dose selection.

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